Research Compliance Officer -Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Compliance Officer

Full time, permanent

Application deadline: March 13, 2024

The Research Compliance Officer (RCO) serves as the primary liaison between the Animal Care Committee (ACC), the Research Ethic Board (REB) and researchers and/or their research teams. The RCO coordinates all aspects of the submission, review, revision and approval processes for protocols submitted to the (ACC) and is responsible for coordinating the institutional assessment visits for the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), including the preparation of assessment documentation. In addition to the ACC duties, the RCO also facilitates the review process for a portion of the human research ethics protocols submitted to the institutional REB, including the review and approval of new applications and modification requests.

The position requires an in-depth knowledge of national and international standards, ethical principles, regulatory requirements, and institutional policies in both animal and human research. The RCO is required to interpret policies and guidelines and apply their interpretations to uniquely complex ethical and compliance related questions daily and clearly communicate rationale for their decisions or interpretations to individuals with a broad range of knowledge of the human and animal research ethics processes. Working closely with the Committee Chairs, the Associate Director, Post-Award Services, and the Research Ethics Officer, the RCO develops Laurier’s research ethics policies, guidelines & procedures to ensure compliance with relevant external (e.g., government) requirements and recommends changes to policy / procedures when necessary. Additionally, the RCO develops, coordinates and conducts ethics training workshops for new committee members, faculty, staff and students. 


  • Undergraduate degree, with a Master’s preferred, in a research-related field (i.e., health or social sciences with an understanding of the ethical frameworks for research with humans and animals)
  • 3 years of experience in a human and animal research ethics administration role required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current ethical standards and requirements for research involving humans and animals (e.g., TCPS, CCAC policies and guidelines)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to communicate credibly and persuasively with applicants who have a broad range of knowledge and experience with the human and animal research ethics processes; Ability to apply discretion and a diplomatic approach as required and manage confidential information and situations
  • Excellent judgment and ability to manage ambiguity and uncertainty, including troubleshooting problems; Exceptional analysis and decision-making skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to analyze and interpret inquiries and explain complex regulations and policy requirements in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent software use and management skills
  • Self-motivated, organized and able to multi-task and prioritize jobs to meet deadlines
  • Appreciation of diverse perspectives and ability to work with diverse groups including members of the university administration, faculty, staff, students, and external researchers.

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