Institutional Review Board Program Specialist (Program Specialist 1), UCP 6

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Job Title: Institutional Review Board Program Specialist (Program Specialist 1), UCP 6
Job ID: 2018436
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an engaged Institutional Review Board ("IRB") professional to join our Research Compliance Services team. The IRB Program Specialist will directly report to and work under the direction of the IRB Program Director and in collaboration with other research compliance staff and members of the IRB to ensure that all research involving human subjects conforms to all applicable University, State, Federal and other external regulatory requirements and guidelines.


  • Assists with administrative pre-reviews of IRB protocols in exempt or expedited review categories, including modifications to previously approved research. May also assist with administrative pre-reviews of protocols submitted for full board review.
  • Prepares detailed correspondence to investigators to communicate findings of the IRB.
  • Conducts congruency analyses of grants/contracts.
  • Develops written policies and procedures that foster and enhance compliance in research involving human subjects.
  • Assists in the development of educational/training materials to facilitate compliance by UConn investigators and key study personnel with their approved protocols, and with federal regulations and relevant University and IRB policies related to the protection of human subjects participating in research.
  • Participates in delivering educational training programs and workshops for faculty, staff and student researchers.
  • Serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students who have questions when preparing applications to the IRB. Serves as a compliance resource to the research community and other internal interested parties.
  • Keeps current on federal, state, local and other human subjects research regulations, guidelines, and policies and ensures that such changes are communicated to the appropriate person(s).
  • Prepares the IRB meeting agendas, attends IRB meetings, takes notes and prepares the minutes.
  • Maintains IRB study-related documents and digital records in accordance with federal guidelines, IRB and UConn policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as required.

  1. Bachelor's degree in biological or social/behavioral sciences or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. A minimum of two years of experience with research compliance requiring knowledge and understanding of federal laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to human subjects protection in research including, but not limited to, 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50, and 21 CFR 56.
  3. Certified IRB Professional (CIP) qualification (or ability to be obtained within two years of hire date).
  4. Ability to use independent judgment to interpret, analyze and apply federal laws and university guidelines to promote compliant practices in research involving human subjects.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Excellent organizational skills to effectively multi-task to meet deadlines and trouble-shoot problems.
  7. Ability to work under the direction of a supervisor, as well as exercise a high level of independence and discretion.
  8. Established interpersonal skills that promote building strong working relationships. Demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues in a positive, flexible and constructive manner.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students in a diverse work environment.

  1. Experience as an IRB professional in a higher education research setting.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of scientific methodology.
  3. Experience with online IRB protocol management systems, such as InfoEd, and demonstrated ability to teach others to effectively use these systems.


Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website: (under Staff Positions), and should include a detailed resume, preferred contact information, and the names and contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2018436)

For confidential inquiries or additional information please contact:

Laurie Pudlo, MPS HRM

Administrative Manager

Office of the Vice President for Research

University of Connecticut

[email protected]


This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 15, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.





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Posted: 3/1/2018
Application Due: 3/19/2018
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