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Research Director, Data Science & Ethics of Technology (PRN31012B)

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
$103,700 to $148,100
Posted Date
Jul 14, 2022

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Research Director, Data Science & Ethics of Technology (PRN31012B)


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.  


University of Utah Job ID# PRN31012B 00639 - VP for Research


COMPENSATION:  $103,700 to $148,100




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.


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.



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.



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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