Dear Ms. Buie,
It was with great interest that I noticed the listing for a position as Research Officer at your university, and I am pleased to present myself as a candidate for the job. For the past six years I have been employed by the Office of Research Services at Florida International University, where I am responsible for overseeing the application and awarding of grants, awards and other forms of external funding.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English and a graduate degree in Mass Communication. I have extensive experience in grant writing, and have developed a comprehensive understanding of both university and faculty organization, and research-granting processes.
I have extensive knowledge of applications in the Microsoft Office suite, including advanced use of Microsoft Word. My job requires that I design and maintain databases using Access, and that I perform tasks requiring an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. I have an excellent working knowledge of internet and of both web-based email and Oral and written communication skills are among my greatest strengths. I have also demonstrated superior ability in the areas of public relations and interpersonal skills relating to managing a work team. My employers can attest to my tact and strong organizational skills, as well as my handling of confidential information.
From the foregoing I am sure you will agree I am eminently qualified for the post of Research Officer at your institution. I look forward to hearing from you, and can be reached at (555)-555-5555.