Data Science Institute

Jobs @ DSI

DSI currently has an opening for a financial specialist to support the Institute and its centers.

Financial Specialist

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About the Opportunity:

The Data Science Institute (DSI) is a high-visibility campus hub that partners with multiple departments and other units at Brown to support interdisciplinary data science education and research throughout campus. The institute also houses two research centers, the Center for Computational Molecular Biology and the Center for Technological Responsibility, Reimagination and Redesign. The Financial Specialist will work closely with staff and faculty in DSI to administer several undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as a range of research activities. 

The Financial Specialist independently manages all matters pertaining to financial administration of the Data Science Institute and its subsidiary centers, including budgetary/financial planning and analysis, research administration, purchasing oversight, account management, processing of salary reallocations and costings, and financial planning. This position will also provide high-level comprehensive pre- and post- award management, subcontract administration, and financial analysis for grants within the DSI and its centers and serve as the administrative liaison for financial matters between the Institute and partnering administrative and academic units as well as sponsoring agencies and other collaborating organizations. This position has a broad scope of responsibilities and requires extensive knowledge of financial matters and processes. This is a Grade 9 position. 

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with  two (2) to four (4) years of experience in accounting/financial/budgeting or research administration, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  A degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Health, Science, Engineering or Math field is preferred.

  • Experience with sponsored research is desirable 

  • Higher-Education or non-profit work experience preferred


Job Competencies:

  • Excellent financial analytical ability

  • Willingness and interest in assuming increasing levels of responsibilities, networking, leadership, and training opportunities

  • Highly proficient in Excel applications (data manipulations); MS Excel and Google Docs preferred

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) to elicit and disperse information; to present information (including data) and communications in a clear and concise manner

  • Strong organizational, administrative, time management and critical thinking skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines in a multi-faceted work environment

  • Ability to work well within a team; flexible, service-oriented and resourceful

  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload in a multi-tasking environment while maintaining careful attention to detail

  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.   

  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

Student Jobs

DSI hires undergraduate TAs for classes in the Master's in Data Science program. Find them on the Student Employment website, or contact us.