IRB Specialist

Rockville, Maryland
Aug 31, 2018
Sep 03, 2018
Full Time

The Emmes Corporation, established in 1977, is a women-owned private Contract Research Organization (CRO). Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland Emmes employs over six hundred staff worldwide with offices located in Frederick, Maryland, Vancouver, Canada and Bangalore, India. Ranked as a top area workplace of choice by the Washington Post, Emmes fosters an environment of collaboration, professional growth, and exceptional work life balance.

Our studies impact public health initiatives on a global scale occurring in more than sixty countries spanning across six continents. We are dedicated to providing statistical and epidemiological expertise, computer systems deployment, data management, study monitoring, regulatory guidance, and overall operational support to clients engaged in biomedical research. Emmes offers support for the entire process of clinical trials from study design and protocol development through data analysis and manuscript generation.

Primary Purpose

The Central IRB (CIRB) Initiative is designed to help reduce the administrative burden on local IRBs and investigators while continuing a high level of protection for human research participants. A local IRB use of the CIRB facilitated a review mechanism enables an investigator to enroll patients into adult and pediatric Cooperative Group clinical trials significantly faster than when employing traditional method of IRB review. The CIRB Initiative is sponsored by NCI in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The IRB Specialist provides administrative support to the IRB Coordinators and ensures accurate and complete documents are posted to the central website


  • Provide support to CIRB Coordinators for the management of multiple IRBs

  • Provide updates to Monthly Progress Report

  • Post documents to website as requested

  • Draft and distribute letters to institutions

  • Schedule continuing review of studies

  • Distribute Continuing Review reminder notices

  • Process expedited continuing reviews

  • Maintain a record of all documents posted

  • Distribute review materials and education materials to Board members as part of regular CIRB meetings as well as for once annual Education Day

  • Upload files and data into regulatory file database, as needed and requested

  • Provide administrative and logistical support during convened CIRB meeting

  • Assist with additional tasks as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least of 2 years of IRB work experience

  • Excellent time management skills, prioritizing, solving, organization, decision-making, and multi-tasking

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with internal and external clients and colleagues

  • High attention to detail with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office


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The EMMES Corporation is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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