Human Subjects Research Specialist - Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (107470)

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Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS)

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR)

University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

Human Subjects Research Specialist

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS),, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Specialist to protect human subject participants, facilitate compliance research engaging humans and foster an ethical research environment.

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Ensure compliance with specialized federal regulations as part of research activities (for example, FDA, HIPAA, FERPA, DHHS/OHRP) and with additional sponsor requirements. Ensure researchers are complying with institutional policies and procedures. Serve as resource for investigators, students and administrators regarding human subjects research compliance. Manage the review and approval process for all IRB submissions. Understand, interpret, and implement state, University, and federal regulations related to human subject research. Serve as a conduit between the IRB and the research team regarding stipulations and determinations. Process agreements for protocols falling under an existing MOU, individual and institutional authorization agreements. Serve as voting member of the Biomedical and Social and Behavioral Science IRB.

Develop consistent methodology, practices and standard operating procedures that foster and enhance compliance in research involving human subjects; provide recommendation for increased efficiencies of OPRS processes and business practices. Develop guidance and templates.

Advise investigators, students and others regarding federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures. Regularly communicate with researchers and faculty regarding research compliance and best practices. Notify the research community of important human subject protection issues as they arise and communicate changes in federal regulations that impact research compliance. Provide IRB training to research community and IRB members and participate in new faculty, doctoral students and staff member orientation.

Assist in the retention of Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) documents; maintain detailed and accurate research records (especially federal record management). Attend IRB meetings, document stipulations, discussions, votes, and quorum. Draft meeting minutes and retain accordingly. Serve on working group for the development and deployment of an electronic based database.

In all responsibilities, maintain technical expertise in research compliance. Engage in continuing professional development activities to improve knowledge of technical and ethical aspects of research with human subjects.



Master's degree in a scientific, engineering or healthcare administrative discipline, and relevant experience (such as in human subject research, research compliance, and/or research administration); or Bachelor's degree in same fields and two years of relevant experience. (In both cases, alternate degree fields and combination of degree and relevant experience will be considered/accepted based upon the nature and depth of the education and experience as it relates to this position.) Experience demonstrating highly effective communications skills and ability to work on multiple projects. Effective communication, organization, and personal relation skills; willingness to work as a productive team member in an office environment; ability to multi-task and manage multiple tasks; deadline driven while maintaining attention to detail; and proficiency with commonly used software and ability to become proficient with applicable databases and online systems ability.


Experience or knowledge of the Common Rule and other regulations/policies relevant to the protection of human subjects. Experience working in an academic setting.

Proposed Start Date: Negotiable

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status: Regular 100%-time Academic Professional appointment, 12-month service basis. Eligible for full University benefits package.

For full consideration, please submit application by January 13, 2019. To apply, submit on online profile through Qualified candidates must upload: a cover letter that details qualifications noted above, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Susan Key, OVCR Human Resources, at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: 2-Administrative
Title: Human Subjects Research Specialist - Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (107470)
Open Date: 12/06/2018
Organization Name: Protection of Research Subject





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Posted: 12/7/2018
Application Due: 1/4/2019
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