Senior IRB Compliance Specialist for Biomedical Research

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 23, 2021
Feb 16, 2022
Full Time
Senior IRB Compliance Specialist for Biomedical ResearchThe George Mason University Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) invites applications for a Senior IRB (Institutional Review Board) Compliance Specialist to specialize in the review of Biomedical research studies.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of the Senior IRB Compliance Specialist for Biomedical research include the following: Performing analysis of protocols, focusing mainly on Biomedical protocol submissions, to review for completeness and compliance with regulations and IRB policies and procedures; Determining whether the protocol constitutes human subjects research, assigning the appropriate category under federal guidelines; and Either performing the evaluation, sending the protocol to a board member for expedited review, or recommending that it be reviewed by the full board. The Senior IRB Compliance Specialist for Biomedical research determines the most expeditious processing mechanism allowed for an application based on an understanding of the proposed research and an interpretation of appropriate guidelines, including DHHS, FDA and other applicable regulations. In addition, the Senior IRB Compliance Specialist for Biomedical research attends monthly IRB meetings and provides technical support and guidance on regulatory matters; assists with writing highly detailed meeting minutes to outline the issues analyzed by the committee, and accurately documents the final determinations of the IRB. The Senior IRB Compliance Specialist for Biomedical research also composes clear, concise and detailed correspondence to investigators to ensure that the concerns, rationale and technical questions of the IRB are quickly and intelligibly communicated to the researchers; conducts evaluation of investigator's response to identify potential issues for IRB reviewers; determines when IRB requirements for approval have been met and issues approval documents. The Senior IRB Specialist for Biomedical research maintains accurate electronic IRB files; assists in creating meeting agendas and with meeting material preparation; meets with investigators and research staff to advise them on federal regulations and IRB submission requirements and assists them as needed in the preparation of submission forms; and conducts educational IRB classroom presentations as needed. The Senior IRB Specialist for Biomedical research will also act as the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) administrator for and will provide assistance to researchers who post their research studies to This position will be responsible mainly for reviewing projects involving biomedical research procedures, but will also assist with social behavioral protocols as needed.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience;Experience reviewing biomedical IRB protocols;Excellent writing skills are needed to generate clear, precise, detailed and grammatically correct technical letters, memos and reports;Exceptional analytical ability is necessary in order to apply knowledge of federal regulations and institutional policy to research proposals;Superior organizational skills and attention to detail are required in order to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities and a high-volume workload;Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a capacity to work well with multiple constituencies of various educational and social backgrounds;Proficiency in the use of multimedia hardware and software applications including the use of MS Windows, database, spreadsheet and word processing and be familiar with online protocol submission systems;Must have the ability to make accurate and appropriate independent judgments, but be able to accept direct supervision and know when to refer issues to supervisor; andAbility to pass CIP certification exam in first year of employment.Preferred Qualifications: Experience applying FDA regulations; Experience reviewing clinical trials;Familiarity with the PRS system;Current CIP certification; andExperience with IRB reliance agreements/single IRB reviews.Candidates must be one of the following: A citizen of the United States;A person who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (a "Green Card" holder);A person who is a "protected individual" as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a) (3); orA person who is otherwise able to become generally eligible to receive unclassified technical data pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

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