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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

This position reports to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) in the UM Office of Research (UMOR). The RIO oversees review of allegations of research misconduct in accordance with UM and federal policies, and determines whether misconduct has occurred.

The Assistant Research Integrity Officer will act as a project manager to ensure that such reviews are conducted efficiently, to help develop policy and procedures, and to assist the RIO in writing final reports regarding misconduct allegations.


Under supervision of the Research Integrity Officer, the Assistant Director will:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Research Integrity Office;
  • Under SPG 303.03, assess allegations of misconduct, identify the specifics of the allegation of research misconduct in as much detail as possible, and determine when the allegations warrant further inquiry;  establish the claimant, respondent and witness identities where possible;
  • If, under SPG 303.03, an inquiry is warranted, manage research misconduct inquiries: conduct structured interviews with claimant, respondent, and witnesses; coordinate, sequester, number and archive all relevant evidence using standard chain of custody procedures;  conduct forensic analysis of evidence including but not limited to plagiarism screening and image analysis; conduct literature, web and data searches as needed;  identify and order evidentiary documents from libraries or electronic resources as needed; help identify subject matter experts, delegate cases to subject matter experts and collect the subject matter expert report within an agreed time frame; draft the inquiry report for the RIO to share with the VPR;
  • If the VPR determines an investigation is warranted under SPG 303.03, draft the RIO correspondence to Federal authorities as needed and manage the research misconduct investigation by providing administrative support to the committee: coordinate the research misconduct investigations with the OGC and other University offices as needed, help to identify potential committee members free from conflicts of interest, assemble all the necessary evidence for the committee, draft notices and charge letters, and manage all interviews, recordings and correspondence;
  • Maintain online status reports on each case for bi-weekly reports to the AVPR and monthly reports to the VPR in addition to coordinating the inquiry standing committee (to be developed).
  • Prepare an annual report which sets forth the number of cases handled by the Research Integrity Office during the previous academic year and their outcomes, along with information on other research integrity initiatives that were completed by the office during that academic year;
  • Work with other University offices to determine proactive approaches to prevent identified research misconduct issues from recurring;
  • Plan and implement outreach and training initiatives for promoting research integrity and responsible conduct of research with Schools and Colleges, including onboarding and offboarding opportunities;
  • Act as  liaision with specific University offices on a regular basis in order to maintain a rapid response capability for any new allegations of research misconduct that will require their services;
  • Update policy and procedures and draft new guidance as needed;
  • Benchmark the research integrity website with other institutions and expand, update and maintain appropriate content useful for the U-M research community;
  • Participate in regional and national meetings for Research Integrity Officers to maintain up-to-date knowledge on emerging trends in research integrity and apply the knowledge to the office’s activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD or equivalent degree
  • Five + years experience in a higher education or business environment in a role related to audit, internal control, clinical research and/or investigative processes

Desired Qualifications*

  • Working knowledge of federal policies and regulations as they relate to the financial management, human subject protections and administration of sponsored projects and clinical research
  • Strong knowledge of auditing techniques, non-profit and federal acquisition regulations and/or related cost accounting standards for government contractors
  • Ability to understand and critically analyze various operational systems data and documentation to identify potential research compliance risks
  • Ability to understand and critically analyze financial and other data and documentation used in day-to-day business operations and transactions to identify potential compliance risks
  • Self-motivation, initiative and broad thinking
  • Must possess effective project planning and project management skills with ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and ability to interact with process owners and senior level management, faculty and staff across the University at a variety of levels and positions
  • Demonstrated skills using computer applications for data retrieval and analysis, including Excel, PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Experience with investigative or forensic techniques.
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and project management skills
  • Ability to perform well under stress
  • Work well independently as well as contribute to team efforts
  • Knowledge and experience of research in an academic setting.
  • Experience of participating in research proposal development and writing
  • Authorship of scientific papers.
  • Knowledge of the Federal research misconduct investigation procedures

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.