Research Security Officer — Western University

Research Security Officer
Reference: 30435
Location: UWO Main Campus
Faculty/Unit: VP Research – Western Research
Department: Office of Research Services
Employee Group: PMA ‐ Professional and Managerial Association
Appointment Type/Status: Continuing/Regular Full‐Time
Classification & Regular Hours:
Hours per Week: 35
Salary Grade: 14
About Western
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research‐intensive
universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real‐world
application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive
salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.
About Us
Western Research provides strategic and administrative support to foster a culture of research
excellence that enhances Western University’s profile on the global stage. We support our scholars
through collaboration, communication, and service. Western Research supports a broad definition of
research, including discovery, innovation, creativity, and artistic works.
New federal guidelines have been introduced which will integrate national security considerations into
the development, evaluation, and funding of research partnerships and grant programs. The role will
collaborate in the identification and mitigation of research security threats. The Research Security
Officer will conduct assessments to ensure compliance with applicable requirements, develop and
deliver training to various stakeholders, and provide client‐oriented services. The role will be
responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing strategies to meet the security objectives of
the University relating to research and commercialization activities. The Research Security Officer will
collaborate in the identification and mitigation of research security threats and serve as a resource to
faculty, staff, students and senior leadership for best practices regarding research security, including
research partnerships, data governance, cyber security, intellectual property, and research related
‐ Undergraduate Degree in a research related discipline
‐ Master’s degree (thesis based) preferred
‐ 5 years experience addressing and advancing research security within a research‐intensive, or post‐
secondary environment or similar complex organization
‐ Experience in the field of security and risk management preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
‐ Demonstrated knowledge of the geo‐political context relevant to research and innovation
‐ Knowledge of the vulnerabilities to research and innovation security, cyber security, intellectual
property, and data governance
‐ Familiarity with intellectual property management, including copyrights and patents
‐ Oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and delivering
‐ Communication skills to translate information into easily understood terms, summarize information,
provide a rationale for action and with an ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
‐ Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
‐ Customer service skills to understand customer needs and expectations, with a desire to deliver
helpful and reliable service to the University community
‐ A desire to grow and advance skills, which is demonstrated by attending conferences, workshops and
other professional developmental opportunities to enhance performance
‐ Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with associates and colleagues
including senior management
‐ Ability to provide guidance, support and feedback in a way that is positively received
‐ Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
‐ Ability to understand, interpret, and effectively communicate University guidelines, policies and
practices to key stakeholders
‐ Ability to evaluate issues, recognize potential problems and take action to proactively resolve issues
‐ Project management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously from conception to
completion within tightly prescribed timelines
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment
equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized
groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual
orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If
you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519‐661‐2194.
Please Note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.