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We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as an IACUC Specialist.
Reporting to the IACUC Assistant Director, the IACUC Specialist assists Principal Investigators (“PI”) and their research teams in drafting new protocols, amendments, and renewals. This individual is also responsible for collaborating and coordinating with the IACUC to ensure compliance with all institutional policies and procedures as well as federal and state regulatory guidelines, policies & procedures pertaining to the use of animals in research.
Pre-Review of the IACUC Protocol:
Engages in both an administrative and substantive pre-review of the protocol before it is routed to other reviewers and eventually to the IACUC, for review. The administrative review includes such tasks as guidance in routing the protocol to the appropriate resources for grant congruency review and/or hazardous materials review as appropriate.
This pre-review will identify and fill:
administrative gaps to ensure all relevant sections and fields of a submission are complete and free from typos; protocol complies with all regulations and policies; protocol is written artfully to minimize future amendments; etc.,
substantive gaps such as lack of clarity for scientific justifications, proper identification of humane end points, consistent animal numbers, etc. are eliminated in the protocol before it continues through the review process, an that all core training requirements have been met.
Functions as the primary administrative source of contact for assigned PIs and their research teams throughout the life cycle of the animal research protocol.
Assists principal investigators and research teams with annual renewals, 3-year renewals, and amendments. If an amendment is needed, the IACUC specialist will collaborate with the principal investigator for prompt submission to the IACUC.
Serves as a resource to the PI in discussing the animal research protocol with a Designated Member Reviewer of the IACUC or in preparing the submission for Full Committee Review.
Provides clarification to the PI on any modifications requested during Designated Member or Full Committee Review of the IACUC.
Works with the principal investigator to “self-report” unanticipated adverse events or events of noncompliance to the IACUC as appropriate.
Answers questions from the PI and his/her research team that arise in day-to-day work that relate to animal research. Responds to customer inquiries by first verifying understanding of the inquiry, then assists the customer in retrieving an answer to the inquiry (either through providing it directly or connecting the customer to the appropriate resource within the animal care and use program), and finally confirming the customer’s understanding of the answer.
Informs all interested parties of the available training options and requirements within the NYU School of Medicine Animal Care and Use Program and helps arrange for such training as appropriate as training needs are identified through protocol development or other interactions with the principal investigator and research team. In these cases, the IACUC specialist may attend the training session to both self-educate and ensure the PI’s understanding of expectations.
Conducts the regulatory portion of the New Researcher orientation lecture in the absence of the Assistant Director.
Provides regular updates to the PI and the research team on external regulatory developments and internal policy changes which may impact the PIs research.
Provides additional context for internal and external policy and procedure changes which may impact the PI’s research.
Carries forward questions and concerns arising from the PI or the research team, obtains adequate responses and discusses them with concerned parties
Clarifies protocol/amendment review comments from Designated Member reviews or from Full Committee reviews.Continuous Program Auditing/Post-approval
Conducts post-approval monitoring activities by assessing Pl or Research Team compliance with terms of approved animal research protocols.
Conducts for-cause and not-for-cause audit visits by interviewing and/or observing the PI and his/her research team with respect to IACUC-approved, active protocols.
Coordinates and participates in inspections of animal care and use facilities and laboratories to assist the IACUC in providing oversight of all animal-related activities and to ensure compliance with federal regulations, nationally accepted standards and institutional policies.
Establishes with the PI a suggested corrective action plan to the IACUC for any post- approval monitoring findings and monitors the corrective action to ensure its completion by the “Correct by” date approved by the IACUC.
Participates in special projects and performs other job related duties as required.
Demonstrates knowledge of the organization’s Core Values and incorporates them into the performance of duties.
The ideal candidate will have an understanding of various animal models, including research animal use manipulations.
This individual will also have the capability to work collaboratively with a variety of personnel (from various backgrounds) in the animal care and use program.
Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organization, time management and problem solving skills.
The ability to prioritize and work with minimal supervision within a strong team environment is essential as is demonstrating a zeal for customer service.
Must be able to maintain objectivity in each aspect of the role while still maintaining a customer-oriented focus.
Bachelor’s degree in a related research/science field, or equivalent experience (5-7 years IACUC administrative or animal research regulatory compliance experience).
Preference will be given to those individuals who are knowledgeable about animal welfare laws, regulations, IACUC administrative processes, and those with IACUC administrative experience.
In addition, it is preferred that the individual will be skilled in writing detailed, clear, precise and grammatically correct technical letters, memos and reports.
AALAS certification at the LAT or LATg level and/or CPIA certification also preferred.
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
About NYU School of Medicine/NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone is one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers that includes five hospitals (Tisch Hospital, Rusk Rehabilitation, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York, and NYU Lutheran Medical Center) and more than 200 ambulatory locations across the New York metropolitan area. It also includes NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands o...f physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. Our trifold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved daily through an integrated academic culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research.