The IRB Specialist of the Columbia University Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) reports to an IRB Senior Specialist-Manager. The IRB Specialist, working collaboratively with a team of other professionals, is primarily responsible for ensuring research protocols submitted for IRB review are assessed in an efficient manner for completeness, accuracy, and level of review according to applicable regulation and/or institutional policy; ensuring regulatory support is provided to a CU IRB with a large portfolio of research; coordinating convened, bi-weekly IRB meetings for review of research, as applicable; serving a resource for the CU research community, IRB Chairs and Members and the HRPO.
Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience of which two years should be with IRB and/or research experience.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Strong organizational and time management skills to support a large volume of submissions, review deadlines, and researcher (PI) expectations while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
Strong decision making skills and demonstrated ability to assess multiple issues analytically in order to apply knowledge of federal regulations and institutional policy to variety of complex situations and research protocols;
Ability to make accurate and appropriate independent judgments, including when to escalate issues, and able to accept direct supervision;
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills;
Self-motivation to function independently in a high intensity environment often driven by deadlines;
Ability to work collaboratively in a positive and effective manner;
Familiarity with state and federal regulations related to human subjects protection;
Solid computer skills and strong competency in Microsoft Office products.
Experience with biomedical, behavioral, and/or social sciences human research; knowledge of international ethical codes and regulations governing protection of human subjects in research; experience with electronic administration systems; and certification as an IRB professional are preferred qualifications.
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