Advertised Summary Job Description: The IRB Specialist of the Columbia University Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) reports to the IRB Manager. For some tasks, the IRB Specialist will be functionally supervised by the Director for IRB Management or Assistant Director for IRB Management.
The IRB Specialist will join a team of other professionals who are responsible for conducting pre-reviews of submissions to the IRBs, including new protocols, continuing reviews, modifications, and unanticipated problems. This staff member may regularly or on a periodic basis attend IRB meetings and also provide support to his/her Manager, IRB Chair, and IRB Members, including writing and editing minutes of meetings. Additionally, the IRB Specialist will have responsibilities related to the generation, review, and release of IRB correspondence.
The IRB Specialist will conduct quality control functions for the HRPO that may extend to all areas of the operation including review of files and meeting minutes for completeness, accuracy and consistency. Further, this staff member will work with other IRB officers of administration and staff to ensure uniformity of review and compliance with IRB standard operating procedures and applicable federal and state regulations.
The IRB Specialist will also serve on relevant IRB administrative committees, such as the Policy Committee and the Education and Training Committee. In addition, this candidate will maintain up to date knowledge of state and federal regulations as well as policies, guidelines and ethical codes related to the protection of human subjects in research.
Other work as assigned, which may include but is not limited to special projects or assisting a team other than the one to which the individual is assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus three years of related experience of which two years should be with IRB and/or research experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Familiarity with state and federal regulations related to human subjects protection required. Strong interpersonal and writing skills and experience with computerized databases and word processing is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with biomedical or behavioral and social sciences human research is preferred. Knowledge of international ethical codes and regulations governing human subjects is preferred. Certification as an IRB professional is also preferred.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_167446
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