Senior Reliance Institutional Review Board Analyst – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Office of Research (“Office”) is implementing the University of Southern California’s strategic plan by building interdisciplinary research collaborations that address societal needs and by increasing the impact and prominence of our research. The office invests in research initiatives, promotes our research among sponsors, and provides services that ensure that USC achieves the highest ethical standards in its research.

Reporting to the IRB Associate Director, the Senior IRB Analyst position is a full-time, professional staff member who plays an integral role in the day-to-day functions for the Office. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Job Accountabilities:

  • Serves as a regulatory Subject Matter Expert (SME) for faculty, staff, students and ancillary committees on IRB regulations, policies, and practices.
  • Serves as a secondary point of contact for questions, and for decision-making and problem-solving for day-to-day IRB operations including the resolution of technical problems and questions of IRB support staff, IRB members, researchers and investigators. Conducts reviews of biomedical and behavioral research studies in compliance with Federal regulations and Institutional policies and procedures. Under supervision, identifies issues or concerns that must be addressed in order to approve the research under the exempt and expedited procedures and records review findings in tracking software in a timely manner.
  • Assists investigators and research staff on IRB submission requirements.
  • Serves as a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Serves as a designated reviewer with the authority to make determinations with minimal supervision, to approve expedited research, and to approve changes in approved research that are eligible for expedited review.
  • Attends Institutional Review Board (IRB) meetings to provide technical support, guidance on regulatory matters and ethics, and provide critical analysis of proposal content. Provides answers to questions raised by the board members.
  • Conducts reviews of biomedical and behavioral research proposals submitted to the IRB in compliance with Federal regulations and Institutional policies and procedures. Makes an initial determination regarding the necessary level of review. Identifies issues or concerns that must be addressed in order to approve the research.
  • Composes detailed and complex meeting minutes and correspondence that effectively describe concerns raised by Board reviewers, changes required by the Board to make the study approvable, and the rationale for the Board’s decisions and requested changes.
  • Assists in the training of and mentoring of Institutional Review Board Analysts and other staff.
  • Assists in the development of IRB education, training, and guidance materials for the research community.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with department operations and makes recommendations for their improvement.

Minimum Qualifications

Education       

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education)

Experience     

  • 5 years

Field of Expertise       

  • Certified Institutional Review Board Professional eligible required. Relevant experience in IRB. Expertise and education required to be a member of the IRB board and conduct expedited review.

Preferred Qualifications

Education       

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Experience

  • Certified IRB Professional (CIP) certification is preferred
  • Previous experience in clinical research and/or previous experience in reviewing human subjects applications
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of medical terminology

Field of Expertise       

  • Knowledge of federal, state, local regulations and laws, and routine policies and ethical practices for human subjects research.

Preferred Field of Expertise:

  • Knowledge of federal, state, local regulations and laws, and routine policies and ethical practices for human subjects research.

The salary range for this position is $81,460.31 $82,050.12. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Certified Institutional Review Board Professional required. Relevant experience in IRB. Expertise and education required to be a member of the IRB board and conduct expedited review.

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