HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • 19-Apr-2023 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Full Time
  • HudsonAlpha

Position Title: Staff Accountant

Position Type: Full Time


The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology ( is a non-profit organization with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, stimulate economic development, inspire young people to seek careers in science and teach members of the public the importance of science in their everyday lives. Located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the world's leading science and technology parks, HudsonAlpha's campus contains state-of-the-art laboratories for biological research and development, as well as education, in the areas of genomics, genetics and personalized medicine.


The Finance Department manages all aspects of the financial operation of the Institute, including grant and general accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, accounts payable and receivable, and audit relations. The department also oversees financial reporting for the HudsonAlpha Foundation and all financial aspects of shared services, including cost centers and purchasing.

An additional focus of the department includes accounting for the Genomic Medicine program, which includes the Smith Family Clinic and the HudsonAlpha Clinic Services Lab. The department is also responsible for cash management and all financing for the entities.

The HudsonAlpha Institute seeks to bring research developments to the marketplace. Because funding sources and requirements vary between research projects, the Research Finance function of the department must review each project independently, seeing that regulations are met and that related costs are recorded appropriately. This includes calculating and applying all indirect costs to applicable grants.

In providing this service, the Finance Department provides valuable data for future financial projections that will assist in evaluating feasibility and economic potential and ultimately fulfilling the economic development aspect of the HudsonAlpha mission.


The Staff Accountant will support the Accounting Manager and is responsible for maintaining financial records and reports, maintaining the billing system in Costpoint, performing account reconciliations, and assisting with the audit and close processes.

The Staff Accountant must possess excellent communication skills, demonstrate the ability to work independently, take initiative, and set/respond to changes in priorities. The individual must be able to accurately maintain a general ledger and ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).


  • Maintain general ledger records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, or other financial activities within an organization. Understanding of accounting principles related to the following:
    • Prepaids
    • Fixed Assets
    • Deferred Revenue
    • Intercompany accounting
    • Accounts Receivable
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management with heavy emphasis on budget vs actual performance.
  • Process and send invoices for work performed and record applicable accounting transactions
  • Interact with customers regarding bill payments and report on status of accounts
  • Provide financial support to various department leaders
  • Perform reviews and reconciliations of GL accounts
  • Month end closing activities
  • Support annual audit
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, required
  • Minimum two (2) years' experience.
  • Deltek Costpoint experience, preferred
  • Accounts receivable experience, preferred

Required Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Basic analytical skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to grasp moderately complex processing tasks.
  • Proficient with MS Excel
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self-Starter
  • Ability to set and respond to changes in priorities


ADA Requirements The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer - All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position (sit or stand) for prolonged periods (50% of the time).
  • Occasionally move about the office (accessing files/storage, office equipment, computers and other office productivity devices, attending meetings, etc.).
  • Constant use of common office equipment (e.g. computers, mobile devices, calculators, copiers, scanners).
  • Close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally move and transport records and documents weighing 20 pounds or less.
  • Communicate in person and over the telephone.
  • Sustained standing and/or sitting
  • Continuous mental and visual attention, requiring sustained attention and observation
  • Ability to visually observe results and record outcomes via project software

Environmental Factors

  • Perform work in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature.
  • Tolerate moderate noise level (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).

Mental Functions

  • Continuous mental and visual attention.
  • Ability to focus on tasks despite interruptions and open cubicle environment.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in the English language.
  • Use math and mathematical reasoning.
  • Analyze and solve problems.
  • Learn and apply new skills and information.
  • Perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks.
  • Read and interpret data, information, and documents

It is the policy of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in accordance with all applicable laws, to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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