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VPR-Human Subjects

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with occasional weekend and after-hours work to complete projects and attend meetings.

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Research Professional AD



Job Family:

Institutional Research



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two years relevant experience with human research compliance operations.

Position Summary:

This is a highly responsible professional position within the Human Subjects Office that will work in collaboration with the Director in overseeing the various Human Subjects Office and Institutional Review Board activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies for the protection of human research subjects. This position is also responsible for training of IRB members, HSO staff members, and researchers in regulations and Human Research Protection Program policies, maintaining the quality improvement program, and post approval monitoring of approved research.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

• Advanced knowledge of federal regulation, State law, and institutional policy governing the conduct of research involving human subjects.
• Intermediate computer skills.
• Basic knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.
• Advanced attention to detail, organization, and thoroughness in completing work tasks.
• Advanced ability to work effectively in a group or team.
• Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively and professionally with with individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
• Advanced ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work independently, developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
• Ability to reliably follow through on assignments, prioritize work, and work under pressure.
• Ability to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction with demonstrated willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
• Ability to establish and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and and exert effort toward mastering tasks.
• Ability to maintain strict standards of confidentiality.

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Sitting at computer for long periods of time, standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, carrying up to 20 lbs.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Under the supervision of the HSO Director, develops, implements, and maintains a post approval monitoring program to confirm that research is being conducted as approved, thus ensuring compliance with federal regulations and guidelines. The goal of this program is to confirm, by observation, accurate and consistent protocol performance and help investigators, their teams, and the University prepare for external audits by granting, regulatory, and accreditation agencies and to service as a compliance resource to the research community.

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Under the supervision of the HSO Director, manages day to day operations of the Human Research Protection Program quality assurance and improvement activities. Conducts quality assurance checks on the work of staff members.

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Provides training and continuing education to junior HSO staff and IRB members. Provides training and outreach to faculty and students. Assists with the assignment and distribution of work for IRB Analysts. Assists with annual performance evaluations for junior staff.

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Conducts independent review and approval of new human research submissions, continuing reviews, and modifications to approved IRB protocols in accordance with all applicable regulations, policies, and guidelines for the protection of human subjects in research.

Supports and assists UGA’s IRB full convened meetings, including agenda development, transcription of and accurate documentation of meeting minutes (with particular emphasis on synthesizing discussions of controverted issues and questions), conducting preliminary reviews of applications for completeness and accuracy, creating review correspondence to investigators that accurately and concisely describes IRB review and deliberations, and reviewing the responsive materials from the investigator and determining that any conditions for approval have been satisfied.

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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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