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The position provides administrative and technical support to one of two IRBs in the Human Subjects Protection program in General Medical Research at the VA Greater Los Angeles. The Health Science Specialist, supported by clerical staff, holds the primary responsibility for the oversight, administration, implementation, and management of all IRB business. This position also assists in the education of investigators and research staff as required by the IRBs.
The position is currently supported by the non-profit and is not a VA Federal job. The position is located at the VA Greater Los Angeles.
Understand and remain current on relevant law, guidelines, and policies
Interpret and apply federal and state laws, regulations, institutional policies, and guidelines to protect human subjects and ensure institutional compliance
Participate in ongoing continuing education to keep current with new developments
Analyze and interpret existing, new and proposed regulations for program impacts
Conduct literature searches and reviews as required for the development of IRB policies and procedures
Consult with researchers prior to, during and after protocol submission to establish conformance with ethical and procedural standards
Contribute to timely, accurate and efficient processing of study documentation and appropriate management of data systems (share folders and electronic IRB submission system)
Review emergency requests, protocol modifications, continuations and adverse event reports for completeness and compliance with research committee standards and federal requirements
Perform pre-committee analysis of research proposals, including identifying problems and issues in the proposal, contacting the study staff and requesting additions or corrections to the proposal or to the informed consent forms, securing additional information for the IRB on specific points, and bringing the study to the most complete level possible before submission for committee review.
Advise investigators of local and federal regulations pertaining to human subject research.
Apply extensive knowledge of regulations, policies and guidelines to review and analyze completed research submissions in order to determine the most expeditious processing mechanism for the application.
Oversee committee meeting schedules to ensure the presence of a quorum.
Develop meeting agendas and maintains confidentiality of committee records.
Attend the committee meetings to provide technical support and advice to the IRB regarding complex and potentially conflicting regulations, policies and guidelines.
Identify, recruit and confirm external committee consultants, auditors and other experts required in situations where additional expertise is required for the review of a study submission or when neutral input to the committee is required.
Coordinate with the Radiation Safety Committee, Subcommittee on Research Safety, Institutional Review Boards at other institutions, etc., in order to verify the approval status of research proposals and obtain information vital for committee review.
Work with the HRPP Administrator to provide educational sessions for investigators, administrators, and other research support personnel to increase awareness of human subject regulations
Comply with daily operational procedures for the efficient processing of research proposals involving the participation of human subjects in medical research. Functions include proper and effective receipt, logging, routing, tracking, inquiry, evaluation, review, action and response regarding research submissions and related business to the IRB.
Responsible for maintaining a teamwork-oriented environment to assess staff concerns and takes immediate corrective actions to attend to noted deficiencies.
Adapt to sophisticated and antiquated business models – as the VAGLA IRB is experiencing major transition to electronic application processes from paper – high tolerance for workflow changes and willingness to pitch in during this transition
Bachelor’s degree in related human science field (or other advanced degree with science experience)
Demonstrated prior experience (applications, interactions, education) with Institutional review boards
Master’s Degree in science
Prior work with a federal agency
Applied experience with clinical, survey or health services research
Microsoft Office Proficiency
Ability to work in online environments – applications, databases and share points and share drives
Demonstrated ability to think and act independently
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
Understanding of research methodology, basic design
Willingness to read/research and provide input to the organization and desire to grow/learn
Additional Salary Information: Salary offer depends greatly on education and applied experience
Internal Number: 0829
About VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Research Service oversees approximately 700 studies, with approximately 500 human subject active protocols ongoing at any time. The inventory includes sponsored protocols, health services research studies, as well as many investigator initiated protocols and NIH and VA MERIT based studies.