Head, SMU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), IRB

Singapore Management University| Date Posted: 16-May-2020
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Job Nature:
Position Level:
Senior Manager
Job Category:
Bachelor's / Honours

Job Description

  • Serve as the Head of SMU’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), support the SMU IO (International Office) and IRB (Institutional Review Board ) Chair in the overall management and running of the HRPP and IRB.
  • Manage and develop the professional IRB staff members, overseeing the team and their respective functions and responsibilities to ensure that SMU’s HRPP and IRB run smoothly.
  • Oversee the HRPP/IRB unit’s budget and finances, as well as ensure that the team complies with university policies & procedures, as well as legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Co-develop with the SMU IO, IRB Chair, Deputy Chair and IRB Secretariat members, an institutional HRPP strategy and implementation plan to ensure the effectiveness of SMU’s HRPP and that the right capabilities & processes are in place to support the needs of the SMU research community.
  • Oversee the establishment and sustaining of networks with the appropriate ministries, statutory boards, public agencies and professional bodies both locally and globally, to help SMU HRPP and IRB achieve its mission and perform its responsibilities.
  • Work with and guide the IRB Secretariat team to maintain and update IRB policies & procedures related to the protection of human participants, as well as execute outreach efforts to educate the SMU community on these policies & procedures;
  • Manage and maintain Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP) accreditation status.
  • To double-hat as an IRB Secretariat member and review IRB applications.


  • Bachelor degree and at least 7 years of relevant work experience with a human research protection program or subject expertise in human research protection / research ethics / research compliance / regulatory affairs.
  • Able to oversee and run the operations of a university-based human research protection program, working collaboratively with both faculty, professional staff members and students.
  • Experience with social science and humanities research and with leading a team would be highly advantageous.
  • Familiarity with the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP) would also be advantageous.
  • Strong leadership and staff development skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication.
  • Able to perform in a cross-functional and culturally diverse environment.

Other Information

Candidates who do not possess the stipulated qualifications but have relevant work experience may still apply. Remuneration and appointment terms shall commensurate with qualifications and experience. SMU reserves the right to modify the appointment terms where necessary.

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