1646 Research Director, JVIC


TITLE Research Director, JVIC




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Assistant Director, JVIC                                            


The primary job duty of the Research Director, JVIC is to conduct and manage research at the Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC).  This position manages a number of labs to conduct sponsored research programs, as well as serves as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on a number of grants/contracts, manages research projects, and exercises independent thinking and judgment to carry out research objectives.  The Research Director, JVIC supervises research scientists, research technicians, research faculty, and students and trains those supervised on a number of research-related procedures and protocols.  The position develops guidelines and protocols for JVIC lab operations, is designated as a leader within the JVIC infrastructure, and promotes the general operational efficiency of JVIC.  This position contributes to the overall research direction decision-making process, assists in the design process of developing appropriate facilities to conduct high-risk research and development, and assists in the decision-making process regarding new scientific equipment and staffing.


Education: A Master’s degree in an Applied Science or a related appropriate discipline is required.

Experience: Five years of research experience is required which includes a thorough knowledge of lab techniques and other related research lab protocols that pertain to the area of expertise.  Three years of experience with grants and contracts development and execution is required.  This includes preparing technical and cost proposals, technical reporting, project deliverable execution, and budget management assistance.  Experience in writing and presenting scientific research papers is required.  Three years of experience working with corporate R&D research or JVIC-related research projects is preferred.

Skills: Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are required.  Must have the ability to work effectively with staff, students, faculty, and corporate collaborators.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office and graphics software is required. A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is preferred.

Other: This position is designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy.  This position may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.

Effort: Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds.  Normal color vision is required in order to conduct experiments.


1. Manages an operational lab environment in order to conduct sponsored research projects by supervising research scientists, research technicians, research faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students and providing training to the cohort on procedures and protocols relating to complex scientific operations, analyses, and equipment.

2. Manages research projects by determining and assigning tasks, timelines, and milestones for the completion of sponsored research projects.

3. Conducts and mediates sensitive interactions between corporate research scientists and university research faculty, research scientists, research technicians, and students to control dissemination of information regarding corporate intellectual property issues.

4. Develops and updates guidelines and protocols for lab operations and procedures and disseminates that information to cohorts of research staff, faculty, and students that work in the labs.

5. Serves as a leader within the JVIC infrastructure by managing a number of facility-defined resources, implementing the overall mission scope of JVIC by assuring quality and quality control within the JVIC research, and promoting the general operational efficiency of the JVIC infrastructure.

6. Conducts research effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation and specialize scientific equipment.

7. Contributes to the dissemination of knowledge gained through research by preparing and publishing findings and presenting findings in meetings with partners and at scientific conferences.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development training, and attending training and/or courses required by the supervisor.

10. Contributes to the overall success of JVIC by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Research Director, JVIC supervises research scientists, research technicians, research faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.


MAY 2023