Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
A Senior Research Compliance Specialist provides programmatic support for the University’s research ethics and compliance programs. This person implements and monitors research compliance review activities in accordance with the University’s policies, and federal and sponsoring agencies regulations, with minimal supervision; interprets applicable policies and regulations to resolve complex research and regulatory issues; provides expert advice and training to faculty, non-faculty, and committee members; interacts directly with external funding agencies and other academic institutions regarding the University’s adherence to policies and regulations; serves as lead person in the absence of a manager or director.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Independently supports all aspects of the University’s investigations of research misconduct and works directly with the faculty committees; develops detailed analysis of evidence and research records, drafts the Committee’s findings, and monitors the implementation of the final findings and actions; ensures all allegations and issues have been addressed in accordance with applicable policies, processes and regulations; drafts and coordinates communications with internal and external stakeholders.
Independently supports all aspects of review of research involving human embryonic stem cell research and works directly with the faculty committee; reviews biomedical research studies for compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures; helps identify regulatory or ethical concerns that must be addressed in order to approve the research; communicates with investigators to facilitate the review process; documents the Committee’s determinations, coordinates communications with other compliance offices, and monitors for compliance.
Supports other types of research compliance reviews, that may fall outside of the above programs, by evaluating complex scientific and regulatory issues to help assess compliance with the University’s research policies and processes; helps resolve and communicate outcome as appropriate; documents all reviews.
Helps develop educational programs, other communication tools related to these activities; provides user support for the system that tracks education and compliance activities; compiles reports on departmental research compliance activities; responsible for content maintenance of websites.
Assures proper procedures are maintained, regularly reviewed, and recommends revisions as necessary to assure compliance with University policies, federal and state regulations; assists with policy and process development. Ensures the submission of the appropriate reports to federal, state, sponsor or regulatory agencies; prepares operational and statistical reports.
Decisions and judgments have an impact on the university’s reputation and external compliance so significant judgment expertise is required; therefore, this position is required to stay abreast of applicable regulations, external environment, and University policies.
Other duties and special projects as assigned; possible cross training in other areas.
Bachelor's degree in a related field plus five years of related work experience, preferably in a research intensive university or hospital setting, or equivalent combination of experience and education.
Demonstrated understanding of a research environment, and ability to interpret regulations, policy and legal documents.
General familiarity with the scientific process.
Master's degree in a related field.
Demonstrated understanding of a clinical research environment.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks for multiple long and short term projects, and manage confidential information.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
Able to effectively accumulate and organize data for reporting.
Effectively works with a variety of individuals at all levels of the organization.
Science background a plus.
Ability to interpret and apply regulations and policies.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Office setting; physically located near the School of Medicine Campus; occasional travel to other campus locations.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.