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IRB Coordinator

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

IRB Coordinator

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$75,000 – $78,000

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8am – 5pm, with flexibility of timeframe as deemed appropriate with supervisor and unit needs. Work-from- home flexibility 3 days a week due to shared office space.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Office of Research & Innovation/SPARCS

About the Department:

The NC State Institutional Research Board (IRB) unit is a unit within The Office of Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS) and it provides ethical and regulatory oversight for all NC State research involving human subjects as participants.

NC State has one IRB committee led by the IRB Director and the IRB Chair that focuses on both Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) and some minimal risk Biomedical research. The IRB office is made up of four professional staff members, which include 3 mid-level professionals.

Essential Job Duties:

This position will report directly to the IRB Director and will conduct IRB protocol reviews, facilitate IRB office operations, and perform post-approval monitoring activities.

This position will act as liaison between the IRB and University personnel – helping University researchers understand and fulfill federal requirements for research with human subjects.

Manage the Institutional Research Board (IRB) review process for all studies at the expedited and full board review level but primarily focusing on the amendments and annual approval renewal processes.

The Institutional Research Board (IRB) Coordinator responsibilities involves:

  • Performing preliminary reviews of amendments and annual renewal requests to highlight and address important regulatory considerations and ethical concerns for both researchers and IRB reviewers to consider, suggesting solutions as appropriate
  • Performing preliminary reviews of newly proposed studies at all levels to highlight and address important regulatory considerations and ethical concerns for both researchers and IRB reviewers to consider, suggesting solutions as appropriate
  • Providing IRB protocols to reviewers with appropriate expertise and ability to review the research
  • Providing guidance to reviewers as needed throughout review process through interpreting and applying federal regulations to each research proposal
  • Managing post-review correspondence with researchers
  • Issuing final approval when appropriate

In conjunction with Director, perform post-approval monitoring activities with the research community at NCSU including issues of accountability, supporting researchers through secondary reviews when required, and tracking post approval activities.

Serve as an IRB Full Board member or alternate.
Maintain current knowledge of federal and state regulations and best practices regarding human subjects’ protections.

In conjunction with other IRB Coordinators, assist researchers with pre-award/pre-approval activities.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Review and administratively approve research that meets the federal criteria for Exemption.
  • Review and approve studies meeting the regulatory criteria for expedited review where the studies fall under the expertise of said reviewer.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.
  • Experience working with an Institutional Review Board or in topics related to research ethics and compliance.
  • Understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks for research involving human subjects.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in administrative skills and time management;
  • Ability to balance ethical considerations and regulatory requirements;
  • Ability to navigate complex ethical situations;
  • Experience in applying regulations to practical situations;
  • Critical thinking and attention to detail;
  • Comfort holding difficult conversations including holding people accountable.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 1-2 years working with an IRB office regarding social, behavioral, and educational research
  • Experience performing and/or evaluating research for sound design and ethical implementation
  • Experience in systems of accountability such as navigating issues of conduct or compliance

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Position Number:

00109299 & 00109300

Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

060101 - Office of Research & Innovation (ORI)


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

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NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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