Research Compliance Officer, Wilfrid Laurier University, Full time, Permanent

The Research Compliance Officer (RCO) coordinates the Research Ethics Board (REB) and Animal Care Committee (ACC). The RCO is responsible for the accurate and complete documentation of REB and ACC activities, actions, and decisions, including correspondence with researchers. The RCO coordinates the mandatory certification assessment process with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and helps ensure that Laurier remains compliant with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). The incumbent advises Research Finance on the release of grants funds related to human and animal research to ensure necessary compliance requirements have been met. The RCO reviews Laurier’s research ethics policies & procedures to ensure compliance with relevant external (e.g., government) requirements and recommends changes to policy / procedures when necessary.

The incumbent is responsible for the maintenance and operation of Romeo, the software used to manage REB reviews. Additionally, in collaboration with the Strategic Research Initiatives Officer, s/he provides guidance on issues related to whether projects require administrative research or REB review and sits on the Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety committee to review projects involving radioactive and/or biohazards materials.

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo Campus, the Brantford Campus, the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations.


  • Undergraduate degree in a research-related field and 1 years recent experience in research administration and/or ethics compliance (including human and animal research);
  • Prior experience in a human and animal research compliance role strongly preferred;
  • In-depth familiarity with current ethical standards and requirements for research involving humans and animals (e.g., TCPS, CCAC policies and guidelines);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the role and importance of research in the university and of university policies;
  • Ability to communicate credibly and persuasively with applicants;
  • Excellent software use and management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to apply discretion and a diplomatic approach as required and manage confidential information and situations;
  • Proven organization and multi-tasking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent analysis and decision making skills;
  • Exceptional attention to detail.

Application deadline: April 21, 2022 For more information and to apply: