Deputy Research Governance Officer in Department of Health Research Governance Framework

United Kingdom
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Purpose

Reporting to the Research Governance Officer, the post holder will help deliver the University’s process for approving and overseeing research under the Department of Health Research Governance Framework.

Under the guidance of the Research Governance Officer they will provide expert advice to colleagues in relation to research governance issues and the University’s requirements with respect to the conduct of clinical studies and trials, handling of human tissue, and compliance with the Department of Health Research Governance Framework.

Utilizing a case worker approach, they will build relationships with researchers and key colleagues in the University’s colleges, as well as with NHS partners to ensure that all governance considerations in relation to University Sponsored research have been accounted for. Under the guidance of the Research Governance Officer they will collaborate with colleagues in college to support and deliver training to on regulatory and University requirements in relation to research governance. The post holder will be expected to provide an appropriate combination of high quality advice to academics, appropriate risk management on behalf of the University, and timely response to requests in order to avoid undue delays in research activity.

Taking responsibility for a portfolio of projects, they will be required to provide expert review of sponsorship applications and related documentation in relation to research projects, including study protocols, applications to funders and research ethics committees and the UK competent authority for clinical trials. They will review reports and other documentation in ongoing studies and trials. A key element of the role is ensuring that the Research Governance Office files and database are kept up to date, and issuing relevant documentation. They will also assist with the review of relevant agreements for clinical research including clinical trials.

Person Specification

  • A degree or equivalent qualification, experience of research in an academic, industrial or medical environment.
  • Experience of working in a research governance office in an NHS organisation, an academic institution or pharmaceutical company.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively to both internal and external stakeholders and customers and to establish credibility with and respect from senior academic colleagues through face-to-face and written communication.
  • A sound understanding of the regulatory and policy environment for research in the UK
  • and internationally.
  • Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources quickly and accurately
  • Experience of leading or contributing to process and culture change in a complex organization.
  • Ability to build professional networks and collaborate in order to deliver, improve and optimize services.
  • Experience of working collaboratively across organisations and organisational units to deliver complex processes and positive outcomes.
  • Experience in delivering outstanding service in a fast-paced and complex environment and contributing to process improvement and other change initiatives
  • Facilitative and collaborative approach to service delivery, engaging relevant colleagues as necessary to deliver outstanding outcomes for service users.
  • Excellent administrative skills, with exemplary attention to detail in record keeping.
  • Ability to effectively manage competing priorities and a proven capability to consistently meet challenging work deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently in order to manage projects and
  • Knowledge of, preferably experience of, quality standards such as GCP, GLP, GMP, ISO9001
  • Excellent PC skills, including familiarity with MS Office or similar suite of programs

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