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Duke Psychiatry Clinical Research Unit (CRU) Director

Duke Univervisity Department of Psychiatry
Durham, North Carolina

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The CRU Director has overall responsibility for ensuring the integrity, financial accountability, regulatory compliance, quality, and academic productivity of clinical and translational human subjects’ research taking place within their unit. This is an assistant professor position, with rank to be determined based on candidate qualifications. The CRU Director will report to the Vice Chair (VC) for Research and will work collaboratively with the VCR and Department Chair, to ensure all Duke Psychiatry CRU activities are carried out in an efficient and timely manner. The selected candidate will possess a history of successful grant funding and a collaborative approach to working with colleagues within the department and outside. This position requires strong communication skills, responsiveness, flexibility, team leadership skills, ability to mentor on the practice of GCP, and timely sharing of information with investigators. The CRU Director will work with the Research Program Manager to oversee to the North Pavilion 3rd floor Clinical Research Facility. This individual will promote with the VC Research, Chair, and CRU team a culture of research accountability and integrity.

The CRU Director provides oversight to CRU-related activities conducted by the Research Practice Manager and input to the Financial Practice Manager. The CRU Director will also work closely with the Director of Research Administration to provide seamless support to research faculty and staff for pre and post award activities balanced with the management of compliance and financial risk. The CRU Director and Director of Research Administration will have individual and shared responsibilities with oversight of the CRU team.

Description of responsibilities

  • Ensure that the unit provides support and training to researchers and staff conducting clinical and translational research involving human subjects research.
  • Ensure that unit processes are in place with written Standard Operating Procedures to encourage compliance with local, regional, and national regulations and with institutional policies and procedures related to the conduct of clinical research.
  • Ensure timely and quality process to review CRU protocols that are reviewed by the DUHS IRB. Process includes an evaluation of: Operational and clinical feasibility of protocols and appropriate expertise to conduct the protocol. Study personnel training and appropriateness to role. Financial feasibility. Safety, welfare, and appropriate care of research participants and their data. Appropriateness of study plan to research question. Ensure there are no IRB deferrals.

Convene and solicit regular, written feedback and input from Duke Psychiatry investigators & staff within the CRU to improve processes and practices. Identify responsibility around audits – internal or external. In coordination with the Department Chair, VC Research, and other CRU staff, forecast resource needs for the unit; oversee the preparation and management of the CRU budget. Oversight and approval of changes and/or waivers to the CRU fee structure, payment terms, holdbacks, etc. Receive, review, and prepare reports to monitor the portfolio of the CRU, to include the CRU Annual Report; regularly review key metrics and resource needs with and VC Research and Chair. Oversight of the Department’s Scientific Culture and Accountability Plan (SCAP) Oversight of the implementation and support of new institutional or SoM initiatives (e.g., onCore, iRIS). Represent the CRU at regular meetings; disseminate important information to CRU staff, investigators, and research staff. These meetings include, but are not limited to, attending the Quarterly CRU Advisory Council meetings and monthly meetings for the CRU Medical Directors. Escalate issues to leadership as appropriate. Active participation and attendance at the monthly CRU Director’s meeting, the Quarterly CRU Advisory Council, and working closely with the institution research administrative teams (i.e. DOCR, ASSIST, and Dean’s Research Office). Lead operations of the North Pavilion 3rd floor Clinical Research Facility including establishing procedures to ensure compliance with best practices and regulatory requirements, monitoring the utilization and scheduling of rooms, and providing regular updates to faculty on developments or changes to the Clinical Research Facility. Oversee the Department’s CRU website content and provides input for updates. Lead by example by exemplifying outstanding human research practice. In collaboration with the Research Practice Manager, manage and lead the CRU Core team and attend weekly meetings. Coordinate and contribute to the Psychiatry Biostatistics Epidemiology Research & Design (Psych BERD) core.

  • Identify ongoing challenges in clinical research in Psychiatry and develop initiatives to address these challenges.
  • Assist faculty in the development of high quality, rigorously designed research applications.
  • Ensuring the appropriate review of the scientific merit of trials and the development and execution of a credible financial plan. Manage the protocol review, approval and prioritization process. Ensure the academic integrity and output of research related publications and presentations.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV, and three references to Jonathan Posner, MD, Vice Chair for Research (


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Duke University Medical Center
Box 102508
United States

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