Research Support Coordinator, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - Georgetown University M
Research Support Coordinator, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - Georgetown University Medical Center
The mission of Georgetown University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to ensure the proper care and humane treatment of animals. The Committee's responsibility is to develop, review, and monitor all animal facilities and care practices within the institution for compliance with federal legislation, agency regulations, and local laws. The IACUC is responsible for the dissemination of information related to approved methods of animal care to individuals who use animals in research, teaching, or demonstration programs at Georgetown University.
The Research Support Coordinator facilitates assists in IACUC management and day-to-day functions of this office. Reporting to the IACUC Administrator, the Research Support Coordinator has duties that include but are not limited to:
- Updates and manages protocols, renewals, amendments, annual reviews, and associated review activities in the online protocol submission system (eSirius) from submission to approval.
- Provides pre- and post- submission review by analyzing protocol and amendment applications to ensure they develop accurate protocols or IACUC review (ex: verifying all personnel have completed the required training, ensure the protocol form is complete and ensure the PI's have provide the proper information)
- Remains current on proposed rules, regulations, and legislation affecting the conduct of animal research.
- Contributes to the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices designed to promote compliant practices and mitigate risk
- Provides training and guidance to IACUC members and necessary university faculty and staff on animal welfare regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures; providing technical and policy assistance to investigators, staff, and IACUC members.
- Manages renewing and expiring protocol notification process and performs necessary follow-up to assure compliance,
- Assists with review of adverse event reports and protocol deviations, and ensures corrective actions plans are implemented
- Maintains accurate records of items reviewed and business conducted during IACUC meetings.
- Provides logistical support to the IACUC including creating agendas, documenting proceedings and executing action as a result of committee decisions
Post Approval Monitoring (PAM)
- Manages post-approval quality assurance monitoring for animal research projects.
- Drafts reports outlining audit findings, recommendations, and corrective actions for use by Administrator and IACUC.
- Oversees and validates continued maintenance of corrective action plans related to post- approval monitoring.
- Assists with semi-annual program review and semi-annual laboratory and animal facility inspection scheduling and processes.
- Ensures continued maintenance of corrective action plans related to semi-annual Inspections
- Bachelor's degree in Biology/related field or the equivalent level of training/experience in animal research
- Ability to comprehend complex IACUC applications and adapt to often-changing policy and regulatory requirements
- Ability to work effectively under time constraints
- Ability to multi-task, handle sensitive matters with discretion and tact while maintaining confidentiality, and to work independently to solve problems with minimal supervision
- Ability to learn new tasks and functions quickly, accurately, and efficiently as new projects arise
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when assisting investigators, postdoctoral fellows, administrators, managers, and staff
- Positive interpersonal communication skills
- Knowledge of animal handling and surgical techniques
- Knowledge and understanding of biomedical terminology
- Knowledge of federal laws, policies, and regulations governing the care and use of research animals
- Experience in the use of electronic data management systems - for example, eSirius
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