Director, Research Governance, Ethics and Assurance Team

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is seeking an exceptional Director ofResearch Governance, Ethics & Assurance.

Oxford is a world leader in research, engagement and innovation. Our research portfolio covers an exceptionally broad range of disciplines and has a strong interdisciplinary character. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations.

Oxford has an extensive portfolio of research involving human participants in the UK and around the world. In the clinical field, this includes the investigation of new treatments for major diseases, the development of vaccines, and the testing of new medical devices. In recent times, clinical research teams have led the development of a globally deployed COVID vaccine in partnership with AstraZeneca and major studies to identify effective COVID treatments. Earlier in 2023, the high-efficacy R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine received its first regulatory clearance for use in populations.

The Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance (RGEA) Team within Research Services provides wide-ranging support, facilitation and expert advice to researchers and departments across Oxford’s clinical and non-clinical research involving human participants. As its Director, you will provide exemplary leadership to the RGEA Team and ensure the ongoing development and delivery of outstanding research support services in the area of research governance (including facilitating compliance with national and international regulatory frameworks), study monitoring and quality assurance, research sponsorship, research ethics, human tissue governance, and research risk and insurance.

As a member of the Research Services Leadership Team, you will contribute strongly and actively to the effective management, development and success of the overall unit and our talented and committed people, and you will champion our  

values and commitments


You will bring to this senior role substantial experience and a track record of achievement and leadership in delivering outstanding research governance support services and of facilitating the undertaking of research involving human participants in line with regulatory, ethical and academic frameworks. You will be an exceptional leader and manager, with a deep commitment to supporting and developing colleagues to succeed.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Dr Stephen Conway, Executive Director, Research Services ( 

[email protected]


The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 8 January 2024.

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