Job Information

University of Utah Research Director, Data Science & Ethics of Technology in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/15/2022

Requisition Number PRN31012B

Job Title Director, Research & Science

Working Title Research Director, Data Science & Ethics of Technology

Job Grade I

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, 8-5p

VP Area President

Department 00639 - VP for Research

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $103,700 to $148,100

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research ( VPR ) is recruiting a dynamic leader to serve as the inaugural Research Director of the Data Science & Ethics of Technology ( DATA ) Research Hub. At the University of Utah, Hubs are designed to respond to grand challenges through (1) increasing external grant activity, (2) facilitating creative and scholarly work, and (3) developing interdisciplinary research communities.

The VPR seeks a Research Director with experience working in or with federally funded agencies, including organizations such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Endowment for the Humanities, and/or National Endowment for the arts. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will be comfortable taking on significant responsibilities including identifying promising funding opportunities, supporting team-based research, and overseeing and managing the DATA Hub budget.

To achieve these goals, the DATA Hub has a budget to support seed grant programs, team-based science programs, and the development of infrastructure. The DATA Hub is launching in tandem with another hub (Brain and Behavioral Research Hub) that will also have a Research Director. A strategic goal of the VPR is to increase the number of proposals submitted by investigative teams and the Hubs will serve as a key point of support and positive momentum. Reporting to the VPR , Research Directors of Hubs will enhance synergy and support team-based research. Additional hubs will launch in the years ahead; collaboration among/between hubs is a key part of advancing interdisciplinary research at the University of Utah.


1. Identify external funding opportunities in the areas of data science and/or ethics of technology.

2. Initiate, support, and/or lead team-based funding applications.

3. Facilitating creative and scholarly work.

4. Developing interdisciplinary research communities.

5. Overseeing and managing the DATA Hub budget.

• 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.

The successful candidate will:

  • Respond to external calls to address grand challenges
  • Discuss, support, provide strategic guidance, and/or lead potential projects.
  • Foster research collaborations with the University of Utah community of researchers in the data science and/or ethics of technology space.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

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

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; 8-10 years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

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


  • An individual with an advanced degree (MA, MS, or PhD) in field related to data science and/or ethics of technology is strongly preferred
  • Strong background with data science and/or ethics of technology is preferred.
  • 10 years of experience at or working directly with a federally funded agency.
  • Prior leadership experience.
  • Self-motivated – able to move projects forward independently when needed.
  • Collaborative – able to work interactively on projects with a variety of researchers to facilitate team-based research.
  • Articulate – able to discuss research design and results effectively with research and technical teams.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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