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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 reviews of allegations of research misconduct in accordance with University of Michigan (U-M) and federal policies, as well as compliance with federal regulations related to responsible conduct of research and scholarship (RCRS) training.

The Assistant RIO will assist the RIO and other research integrity staff with research misconduct cases and policy and procedure development. The Assistant Director will also act as a project manager to work with U-M schools and colleges on all three campuses to ensure that RCRS requirements are being met and effectively tracked.

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

  • Assist with assessment of allegations of misconduct, including identification of the specifics of the allegation of research misconduct in as much detail as possible, and determination of when the allegations warrant further inquiry; establishment of the complainant, respondent, and witness identities where possible;
  • If an inquiry is warranted, assist with management of research misconduct inquiries: including conducting structured interviews with complainant, respondent, and witnesses; coordinating evidence sequestration; conducting forensic analyses of evidence including but not limited to plagiarism screening and image analysis; conducting literature, web, and data searches as needed; identifying and ordering evidentiary documents from libraries or electronic resources as needed; helping to identify subject matter experts; providing administrative support to the committee; and drafting the inquiry report for the RIO to share with the Vice President for Research (VPR);
  • If the VPR determines an investigation is warranted, assist with drafting correspondence to Federal authorities as needed and managing the research misconduct investigation by providing administrative support to the committee; coordinating the research misconduct investigations with the OGC and other University offices as needed; helping to identify potential committee members free from conflicts of interest; assembling all the necessary evidence for the committee; drafting notices and charge letters; and managing interviews, recordings, and correspondence;
  • Serve as the secondary point of contact for RCRS training oversight, including planning and implementation of outreach and training initiatives for promoting research integrity and responsible conduct of research with schools and colleges;
  • Assist with developing and updating policies and procedures and drafting new guidance, as needed;
  • Participate in regional and national meetings for Research Integrity Officers and RCRS coordinators to maintain up-to-date knowledge on emerging trends in research integrity and apply the knowledge to the office’s activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD, JD, or equivalent degree
  • Three+ years experience in a higher education setting related to research compliance and/or administration

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working on research integrity and/or ethics matters
  • Self-motivation, initiative, and broad thinking
  • 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 Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience with investigative or forensic techniques
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and project management skills
  • Ability to perform well under stress
  • Ability to work well independently and also contribute to team efforts
  • Knowledge and experience of research in an academic setting
  • Authorship of scholarly publications
  • Knowledge of Federal research misconduct investigation policies and 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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.


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