OPENING: Fellow / VAP — Regulatory Science

ua_stack_rgbThe University of Arizona seeks to hire an early-career scholar (post-doctoral) to support its innovative Regulatory Science Program, a collaboration between the James E. Rogers College of Law and University of Arizona Health Sciences.  This idea of regulatory science is to “modernize our evaluation and approval processes to ensure that innovative products reach the patients who need them, when they need them.”  This mission includes both the regulation of the scientific process, especially the protection of human subjects and privacy, and the production of science to answer regulatory questions about safety and efficacy, for all FDA-regulated products, including drugs, biologics, devices, and diagnostics.

The Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) position is a two-year academic commitment.  Initially, the VAP will focus on independent and collaborative research, while also teaching in the Regulatory Science Colloquium.  The Fellow/VAP will also teach one or more core classes at the law school. In both years, the Fellow/VAP will be part of the academic community of the College, with scholarly mentoring, opportunities to workshop drafts in progress, and a budget for research assistance and professional development.

The VAP will have both an independent research agenda (closely related to the mission of the Regulatory Science Program) and also collaborate with other members of the Program, including on external research funded projects.

The duties and responsibilities include all of those encompassed by an assistant professor position, including teaching, scholarship, publication, service to the College and University. The visiting faculty member will teach courses at the graduate and possibly undergraduate levels and contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The visiting faculty member will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the visiting faculty member will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

Minimum qualifications:  A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school or equivalent; applicants should demonstrate interest and achievement in both teaching and legal scholarship.

Preferred qualifications:  The strongest applicants will have a mixture of legal practice experience, scholarly writing, and teaching experience.

The Regulatory Science Program was founded by Faculty Chair and Associate Dean Christopher Robertson (Law), and is co-directed by Professors Leila Barraza (Public Health) and Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy (Pharmacy).  They can be reached at,,, respectively. Please contact them about how to apply.

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