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Assistant Director

  • Requisition no: 506209
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: Research Training & Compliance
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: Compliance, Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week:
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Position Summary

Reporting to the Director for Research Compliance and the Vice President for Research Compliance and Training, the Assistant Director will support research compliance programs and initiatives carried out by the Office of Research Compliance and Training and will help lead a proactive program to promote research integrity and related best practices for data management and other relevant areas.


The Assistant Director will help lead the Research and Data Integrity (ReaDI) Program, which involves:

  • The development and conduct of educational programs, such as workshops, talks and on-line trainings, for faculty, students and trainees regarding data management, data sharing, rigor and reproducibility and other topics related to research integrity and research quality;
  • Development of tools to support best practices for data management, rigor and reproducibility and data sharing;
  • Consultations with principle investigators and their teams to assist in development of research team strategies and standard operating procedures for data and laboratory management.
  • Development and design of web-based and print resources to further communicate key research quality and integrity messages.

The Assistant Director will report to the Vice President with respect to the ReaDI program. 

The Assistant Director will also support the work of the Director for Research Compliance in areas such as research misconduct and conflict of interest in research.  In particular, the Assistant Director will analyze data related to allegations of falsification, fabrication or plagiarism, and may help assess institutional conflict of interest issues. The Assistant Director will work on other research compliance projects, time permitting.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent. Minimum of 4 years of related experience, which may include time spent obtaining an advanced degree in a relevant scientific field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant scientific field (biomedical or basic science) is highly desirable.

Other Requirements

  • The Assistant Director must have had previous experience working as a researcher.  Although no particular scientific discipline is required, background in the biomedical sciences is preferred.  Experience with data management in a scientific research context is essential.  Experience with grant writing is a plus.

    The Assistant Director must have the ability to help develop tools, templates and web resources for research data management and review.  The Assistant Director must be able to teach and communicate regarding issues of research integrity and data management to reach a variety of audiences, including graduate students and post docs, and faculty at all stages of their careers.  The Assistant Director must be a self-starter and able to independently stay current on developments in this area.

    The Assistant Director must be able to partner effectively with other experts, offices and academic departments in further development of the ReaDI program, including the Library, Columbia University Information Technology, Sponsored Projects Administration, and school-based grant support offices.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.  Demonstrated ability to perform outreach is essential.  Previous teaching experience, particularly in science, is highly desirable.  Ability to analyze and articulate complex issues is required. 

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