Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: IACUC Office Salary/Grade: EXS/5
Provides oversight for the daily activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); oversees the confidential institutional review and approval process of all research activities involving animals; organizes and implements the IACUC program to researchers. Works closely with the Center for Comparative Medicine. Responsible for compliance with the NU Assurance, Animal Welfare Act, and all federal, state and university policies and procedures.
The goal of the following activities is to ensure that all operational priorities are aligned with the mission and direction of IACUC:
Reviews protocol submissions for errors, completeness or other potential problems. Provides guidance and advice to investigator and recommends changes needed regarding procedural requirements.
Ensures compliance of submission with all applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
Creates technical letters for the research community in regards to the approval and pending status of submissions.
Triages incoming correspondence from the IACUC, reviewers, CCM, and the research community and determines the appropriate action or response.
Provides support for the semi-annual review process of the NU animal care and use program. This includes but is not limited to the following: CCM Centralized Facility Semi-Annual inspections, PI laboratory inspections, Satellite Facility inspections, post-approval monitoring visits and all administrative duties associated with the review process. (e.g., follow-up on deficiencies, timely report writing, notifications to FM etc.)
The goal of the following activities is to ensure high quality services for Northwestern University’s researchers and staff involved with animal research subjects administrative procedures:
Advises researchers on documents that may be needed to complete protocol submission based on relevant regulations, policy requirements, etc.
Researches facts and provides updates and recommendations on non-compliance items.
Recommends revisions of policies/ SOPs incorporating best practices.
Researches and becomes a subject matter expert in individual State and Federal laws and regulations as they apply to animal subjects.
Reviews, monitors and recommends changes to training process to ensure that all research staff handling and caring for animals meet the regulatory training requirements.
Reporting and Analysis
May be asked to provide and/or analyze data for internal and external regulatory reports.
May be asked to assist in preparation of regulatory reports.
Prepares or participates in special projects as assigned by the Director
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelors’ degree or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
1 year IACUC or related animal welfare experience, including demonstrated knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research.
Free of biases toward or against essential animal welfare requirements and practices.
Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) eligible within 4 years of taking position.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Demonstrates high level of oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast paced environment as well as maintain and exhibit personal composure and confidence at all times.
Demonstrates high level organizational skills.
Demonstrates ability and efficiency in word processing and database management.
Demonstrates ability to multi-task and time management skills.
Demonstrates ability to use good judgment and asses risks.
Exemplary interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
2+ years IACUC or related animal welfare experience including demonstrated knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research.
Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) or eligible within 2 years for taking position.
Master’s degree in related science or healthcare field.
Background in medical department and/or research laboratory.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Ability to prepare meeting minutes.
Ability to learn and become efficient in database management.
Ability to work well independently and within a team environment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36837
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.