Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: IRB Office Salary/Grade: EXS/5
Under direct supervision, provides coordination of the daily activities of the Office of the Institutional Review Board (IRB); oversees the confidential review and approval process of research activities involving human participants to protect their safety, rights, and welfare; organizes and implements the IRB program to the internal and external research community. This is an entry-level professional position where the incumbent will learn and follow the Standard Operating Procedures for the Office of the IRB and will become familiar with all relevant aspects of the Northwestern University Human Subject Protection Program Policy.
The goal of following activities is to ensure that all operational priorities are aligned with mission and direction of the Office of the IRB.
Provides guidance and assistance to investigators regarding the procedural requirements of the Northwestern Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Acts as the main point of contact for inquiries into the IRB Office and provides information on the status of studies, with some ability to cite relevant regulations, policy requirements and advice regarding what may be needed for IRB review, and forwards more complex issues to the most appropriate contact for resolution.
Processes and reviews less complex IRB submissions.
Analysis and Training:
The goal of the following activities is to ensure high quality services for Northwestern University’s researchers and staff involved with human research subjects administrative procedures.
Tracks and analyzes studies’ expiration dates to prevent a backlog of expired studies.
Reviews the FSM Faculty Termination Report to ensure congruence in eIRB+.
Assists IRB chairs, members, and researchers on the regulations and ethical principles essential to the review process.
Participates in specials projects for the office.
Provides backup to the IRB Coordinators with regard to IRB process.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent degree in a relevant academic field.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Demonstrated competencies: computer proficiency, report writing, and research regulations.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and high-stress environment.
Possess interpersonal and time management skills.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing, in person and by telephone.
Certified IRB Professional credential.
Experience with Huron’s Click® IRB software and HRPP Toolkit.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Ability to learn the federal, state and local regulations in order to be in position to explain the reasons for the requirements of the IRB.
Ability to be appropriately assertive in IRB meetings and in other contexts in order to represent the Office of the IRB, the policies and procedures of the Office for Research, and the federal, state and local regulations and guidance pertaining to human subject protections.
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: 38890
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.