March 17, 2014


SUBJECT:    Recruitment for Director, Human Research Protections Program

The UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences is recruiting for the Director of the UC San Diego Human Research Protections Program. The Director will report jointly to the Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine (Dr. Gary Firestein) and to the Vice Chancellor for Research (Dr. Sandra Brown). THIS WILL BE A UC SAN DIEGO INTERNAL RECRUITMENT ONLY.

Qualifications include: holding of a Doctor of Medicine and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree; a current UCSD faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in any academic series at UCSD; have prior experience in administering an organized effort (e.g., program project, clinical program, academic unit, etc.); have or be able to obtain knowledge of federal, state, and University of California laws, regulations, and policies regarding research involving human subjects and billing for same; ability to oversee the Institutional Review Board staff; effective written and oral communication skills; ability to interact with faculty regarding Institutional Review Board decisions; and ability to represent UCSD policies regarding human subjects research and research compliance independently and accurately in interactions with administrators of other universities, academic and community health centers, research sponsors, and federal and state regulatory agencies. The candidate should be able to devote 100% time to the position.

Responsibilities of the Human Research Protections Program Office include: direct and support UCSD's biomedical and social science Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); promote high quality clinical research by serving as an advocate for the rights and welfare of volunteer human participants in research conducted by UCSD faculty, staff, and students and by assuring that compliance with research policies and regulations is maintained; monitor the regulatory and ethical conduct of approximately 3,500 ongoing research projects and receive more than 1,500 new applications each year; perform federally mandated reviews for all research involving human subjects and support five IRBs that meet monthly to conduct reviews; minimize the risk of violating any University of California or UCSD policies as well as federal or California laws or regulations governing the conduct of human research activities; seek to maximize the benefit-risk ratio for patients participating in clinical trials; and emphasize service and education rather than enforcement in an effort to gain effective compliance.

The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful candidates will also demonstrate strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego's commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications based on University of California pay scales.

Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2014. The position will remain open until closed.

Interested applicants must submit a CV and a separate statement summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity (For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see Additional information that should be submitted includes a cover letter.

For a complete job description, access the following site.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at:

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Allen Mc Cutchan | | 858-344-3085.