University of Utah Associate Director, Research & Science in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/02/2018

Requisition Number PRN16759B

Job Title Associate Director, Research & Science

Working Title Associate Director, Research & Science

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5

VP Area President


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60700 to 115300

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision, responsible for planning, organizing, directing and/or controlling all aspects pertaining to laboratory functions, staffing and financial management operations pertaining to areas including (but not limited to) specimen maintenance, data collection, process management, standard operating procedure development and adherence, and outcomes monitoring. Acts as a catalyst fostering, supporting, and bridging collaborative efforts between physicians, physician-scientists, and basic/translational scientists. Assists Principal Investigators with timely requests for developing and writing correlative study concepts for grants, and requests for bridge funding. Participates in preparing budgets and setting research goals forCITBiomarker Discovery & Validation. Incumbent’s efforts shall not exceed 0.20-0.25FTEon a single cancer site, and effort should be distributed among all cancer sites on an as needed basis, and reasonably requested.


1.Manages and advances Center objectives in relation to research and scientific functions, including (but not limited to) laboratory, research and development, operations research, statistical methods, technical reporting, and outcomes publishing.

2.Collaborates, develops, and submits novel research grant applications, and participates as principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

3.Proposes innovative correlative studies using biological specimens from ongoing clinical trials and clinical data for identification of novel predictive, prognostic, diagnostic, and/or therapeutic biomarkers.

4.Identifies and implements creative solutions to overcome problems.

5.Ensures competency of staff through the development and/or presentation of educational programs and through ongoing staff performance evaluations. Oversees recruitment, training, orientation, and professional development of laboratory staff in support of accomplishing division goals and mission.

6.Cooperates with internal and external investigators on multiple research projects aiding in scientific significance and feasibility.

7.Researches and stays current with project related scientific literature and select novel biomarkers to be correlated with patient outcome.

8.Correlate relevant clinical and laboratory data charts and enter them on registries or similar databases.

9.Develops and maintains informational databases regarding laboratory data, patient data, and standard operating protocols (SOPs).

10.Contributes to teaching activities by preparing and presenting educational materials.

11.Attends national conferences and presents results of studies.

• This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office and laboratory environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, standing, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing and pipetting), walking.

Seldom: Bending, weight lifting, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


A Doctoral degree in a health science field or equivalent, and five years of direct clinical or scientific research in oncology and/or biomarker characterization required. Knowledge regarding National Institutes of Health (NIH) regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, as well as, effective communication skills required. Direct patient care experience not required.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description above.

Problem Solving

The incumbent decides how to, best accomplish the daily requirements of the various research studies, determines workload, prioritizes, delegates and establishes systems needed to carry out the specific studies. The incumbent functions independently under minimal supervision, follows National Cancer Institute (NCI),IRBand other regulatory agency guidelines, seeking council from the Director as necessary.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.