The Office of Research, Office of Research Compliance (ORC) Open Position Title: Research Integrity Officer Research is integral to the overall mission of The Ohio State University. To enhance the university's research, outreach, engagement activities, and to fuel Ohio State's commitment to economic development and the well-being of our community, top priorities for the Office of Research include increasing Ohio State's participation in large-scale funding initiatives, improving the competitiveness of our researchers in their efforts to secure funding, and fostering economic development through enhanced industry-sponsored research and commercialization.
The Office of Research is working to increase Ohio State's participation in large-scale funding initiatives from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. We are working to develop stronger relationships with program managers within the federal agencies to impact the development of requests for proposals and gain access to up-to-the-minute information about emerging new programs. In parallel, we are also working to develop stronger relationships with national laboratories and research institutes across the U.S. In the coming years, the Office of Research will work to:
Establish and support a system of world-class, multidisciplinary, and trans-institutional and trans-national research centers and initiatives.
Strive to be leaders in the ethical conduct of research and provide on-going instruction in all aspects of research compliance.
Provide the leadership necessary to expand existing collaborations between Ohio State and other institutions within the University System of Ohio.
Support research activities in disciplines where opportunities for external funding are limited such as the humanities, arts, law, and business.
Make Ohio State a strong voice in the national conversation about research priorities.
Celebrate the accomplishments and innovation of Ohio State researchers. The research landscape has become much more complex, and facilitating research has become correspondingly more difficult, in an era of increasing regulation of all aspects of research activity. It is crucial that our research is in compliance with requirements of the federal and state government regulating human subjects, animal subjects, conflict of interest, export controls, oversight of large-scale clinical trials, and fiscal responsibility. It is equally important that we have coherent policies and procedures to support these and other aspects of research, including inventions/intellectual property and commercialization activities. Our policies and procedures must be developed and implemented in a way that maximizes flexibility for researchers and does not subject them to unnecessary bureaucracy. We are always striving to streamline research processes to reduce administrative burdens.
The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) works with faculty, staff, students, department chairs, deans and other senior leaders to review and investigate allegations of misconduct in research and scholarly activities. We work to assure completion of the university's faculty conflict of interest process and develop management plans for conflict of interest cases. ORC also negotiates, manages, and monitors export control issues; and provides guidance for research involving controlled substances, research diving, human gene transfer, and human stem cell research. The ORC team is available to help researchers minimize and manage potential compliance risks in any regulatory area impacting their research activities.
Additional Information for Applicants::
Opportunity The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) is seeking a Research Integrity Officer (RIO) to support the university's mission by managing all research misconduct and research non-compliance investigations to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations and university policies affecting the conduct of research. The RIO works on highly confidential and sensitive matters affecting faculty, staff and students, and interacts directly with the highest levels of University Administration, the Office of General Counsel, and federal regulatory oversight agencies. In this role, the RIO will participate with the Associate VP and the Assistant VP, Office of Research Compliance (ORC) in the development and implementation of comprehensive, institution-wide compliance initiatives especially around the responsible conduct of research. The successful candidate must be able to rely on their strong interpersonal, leadership, management and communication skills to effectively engage and interact with all stakeholders. This position will report to the Assistant VP, Office of Research Compliance. Performance Objectives The Research Integrity Officer will: 1.Serve as the University's Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and Coordinator, as the position is defined in the University Policy and Procedures Concerning Research Misconduct.
2.Confidentially inform the VPs ORC and Senior Vice President for Research of any allegations filed and the progress of any inquiry or investigation undertaken.
3.Provide regulatory guidance and advice regarding University rules and policies governing the research misconduct process and procedures to the various University officials and committees involved in any inquiry or disciplinary action.
4.Respond to sponsor regulatory agency and public records requests involving allegations of research misconduct and respond with information as allowed under the institutional policy and federal law.
5.Investigate allegations of research related non-compliance presented to the Office of Research via the University Anonymous Reporting Line or those reported through other institutional channels.
6.Assist with regulatory compliance support for all units within ORC and the Office of Research, including the Office of Responsible Research Practices and Office of Sponsored Programs.
7.Assist the VPs, ORC, to coordinate research compliance policies, procedures, and communications across the University to meet or exceed OSU, federal, state and private sponsor requirements, as well as the identification and implementation of best research compliance practices developing among peer institutions.
8.Provide support to the VPs, ORC in the university policy process and training initiatives as they relate to research and make recommendations regarding policies or procedures impacting research.
9.Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Knowledge of FDA, USDA, HHS, OHRP and ORI policies and regulations, state law and university policies and guidelines pertaining to human subjects research, animal research, conflict of interest and research integrity; state regulations, rules, policies and guidelines involving administration of sponsored programs, protection of personally identifiable research information.
Extensive experience in academic research, research administration and compliance; sponsored research and compliance experience in higher education.
The individual in this position must have the following skills and abilities to be successful in this role: oEngage, learn, problem solves, and grows from experiences. oUtilize strong leadership and interpersonal skills – The capability to effectively engage individuals and groups. oApply judgment and discretion – The ability to make effective decisions, problem solve and handle confidential information with discretion. oBe positive and takes initiative, with a
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