A brief interview with Christopher Jados, Research Administrator at the UCI School of Physical Sciences

Jados helps our scientists make the most out of their grants.
Thursday, December 01, 2022
UCI Physical Sciences Communications

Christopher Jados with his family enjoy a pumpkin patch.

Picture Credit:
Christopher Jados

PSC: What brought you to UCI?

CJ: I recently moved to Orange County from Riverside, and I wanted to work closer to home. I was a Research Administrator at UCR prior to UCI.

PSC: What sorts of things do you do for UCI Physical Sciences?

CJ: I manage contracts and grants, and I also manage the post-award accounts for the Physical Sciences faculty, helping our professors keep detailed track of their funding and what they can use their grants for.

PSC: What do you like most about your work?

CJ: I love managing the grants and finances for faculty. Grants administration is a very rewarding career if you love numbers. There are jobs/careers that rely on the successful managing of the PI’s portfolio and it is a very important moving part of the university.

PSC: What do you find most challenging about your work? Please provide a specific example. 

CJ: The most challenging thing would be the memorization of different sponsors and sponsor guidelines – there are a lot of details you wouldn’t know exist that can significantly impact how we can use a grant.

PSC: If there was one object at Physical Sciences that best captures the essence of your work, what would it be?

CJ: A calculator!

PSC: What might someone not know about the intricacies of your job upon first glance.

CJ: Many jobs – funded and not yet funded – rely on grant administration to successfully manage grants before and after they’re awarded to UCI.

PSC: What do you like to do aside from work at UCI ? What are some of your hobbies?

CJ: I love golfing, guitar, drums, tennis and hanging out with my family.

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