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Research Specialist (IRB Associate)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Specialist (IRB Associate)
Department Ofc of Resp Conduct of Rsch (2532)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Human Subjects Protection Program (a division of Research Administration services) has an opening for a Research Specialist (IRB Associate). The major functions of this role are: pre-review, prepare and process requests eligible for expedited review by an IRB Chair or designee, provide support for IRB meeting preparations, update project database to reflect Chair/Committee actions, and assist IRB Coordinator(s) and other staff as needed. In this role, the Research Specialist will be the direct link between the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the research community. The individual will communicate directly with researchers and assist them in completing forms and guiding them through the review process, to communicating the decisions of the IRB back to the researcher.

The Human Subjects Protection Program conducts review and approval for all human research conducted at the University of Arizona and affiliated health care partners.

With more than $622 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #23 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #6 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; A/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Duties & Responsibilities

Pre-review requests including:
• New project applications
• Modifications to existing projects
• Continuing Review of existing projects
• Concluding/Not Begun paperwork for existing projects
• Administrative Closures

Process requests including:
• Contacting PIs and/or research staff for clarifications, corrections or modifications prior to Chair review
• Preparing approval documentation for IRB Chair
• Notifying PI and research staff when approval has been granted and forwarding approval documentation and newly approved consent instruments to PI

Assist IRB Coordinator with IRB Committee support activities:
• Preparing review materials for Committee meetings
• Coordinating IRB Committee support
• Providing IRB Committee coverage in absence of IRB Coordinator

• Abide by University policies and HSPP standard operating procedures and processes in performing assigned tasks.
• Maintain established standard office etiquette and performance expectations.
• Maintain current knowledge of applicable Federal, state and local regulations and guidance through continuing education.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Demonstrated skill in English composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
• Skill in the use of personal computer/software.

Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

• Prior Institutional Review Board (IRB) experience
• Prior research experience

Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $40,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24609
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Mariette Marsh

Open Date 02/16/2018
Review Start Date 02/23/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents