The Director of Research Protections provides administrative oversight of programs that support the institution’s conduct of safe and ethically sound scientific research involving human participants, vertebrate animals and biohazards. The committees supported by this office include the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The Research Protections office provides support and training to faculty, students and staff in order to promote and meet the ethical and responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements relating to research involving human subjects, vertebrate animal subjects and biohazards. The Director serves as the campus contact for information and consultation on compliance requirements and best practices in research and sponsored programs, and provide training as appropriate for understanding of regulatory requirements. The Director, Research Protections, along with the Director of Grants and Contracts, and the AVPR, will help develop, implement, and support initiatives for sustaining and growing the research enterprise and culture at Villanova University.
Knowledge of federal guidelines governing human subject’s research, research involving animals, and research biosafety. In-depth expertise in human subject’s research preferred. Familiarity with the operating implications of federal requirements related to sub recipient monitoring, and other research compliance matters preferred.
7-10 years’ experience in university research protections environment required.
Excellent writing and speaking skills required. Comfort with discussing and presenting complex regulatory matters required.
The individual must possess exceptional leadership, communication, and data analytics skills, being able to perform, present, and explain complex analyses. The individual must have a deep commitment to the well-being of Villanova University and the advancement of its mission, and to serving the needs of a diverse community. The individual must be an energetic self-starter who will seek out new and creative ways to strengthen the research enterprise.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.