IRB Specialist (Administrative Program Support 4)

University of Connecticut   Storrs, CT   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on September 6, 2022
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The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an engaged Institutional Review Board (IRB) professional to join our Research Compliance Services team. The IRB Program Specialist will collaborate with faculty, research compliance staff and members of the IRB to ensure that all research involving human subjects conforms to all applicable University, state, federal and other external regulatory requirements and guidelines. 


  • Performs initial intake and assessment of IRB submissions for completeness prior to processing.
  • Assists with administrative pre-reviews of IRB protocols in exempt or expedited review categories, including modifications to previously approved research. May also assist with administrative pre-reviews of protocols submitted for full board review.
  • Prepares detailed correspondence to investigators to communicate findings of the IRB.
  • Assists in the development of written policies and procedures that foster and enhance compliance in research involving human subjects.
  • Assists in the development of educational/training materials to facilitate compliance by UConn investigators and key study personnel with their approved protocols; with federal regulations and relevant University and IRB policies related to the protection of human subjects participating in research.
  • Participates in delivering educational training programs and workshops for faculty, staff and student researchers. 
  • Serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students who have questions when preparing applications to the IRB. Serves as a compliance resource to the research community and other internal interested parties.
  • Keeps current on federal, state, local and other human subject research regulations, guidelines, and policies and ensures that such changes are communicated to the appropriate person(s). 
  • Attends IRB meetings as needed, takes notes and prepares reports. 
  • Maintains IRB study-related documents and digital records in accordance with federal guidelines, IRB and UConn policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in biological or social/behavioral sciences or a related field.
  2. A minimum of four years of experience with research compliance requiring knowledge and understanding of federal laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to human subjects protection in research including, but not limited to: 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50, and 21 CFR 56.
  3. Ability to use independent judgment to interpret, analyze and apply federal laws and University guidelines to promote compliant practices in research involving human subjects. 
  4. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  5. Excellent organizational skills to effectively multi-task to meet deadlines and troubleshoot problems.
  6. Ability to work under the direction of a supervisor, as well as exercise a high level of independence and discretion.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students in a diverse work environment. 
  8. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and interact with colleagues in a positive, flexible and constructive manner. 


  1. Experience as an IRB professional in a higher education research setting.
  2. Certified IRB Professional (CIP).
  3. Demonstrated understanding of scientific methodology.
  4. Experience with online IRB protocol management systems, such as InfoEd, and demonstrated ability to teach others to effectively use these systems.


This is a 35-hour per week, full-time, permanent position, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut (outlined here:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, employees are currently telecommuting until further notice. A hybrid or telecommuting option may be considered for well qualified candidates subject to authorization and University policy. Upon approval to return to campus, employees are anticipated to be primarily based on the UConn main campus in Storrs.     


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #496732. Applications must include: a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the requirements for the position are met, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Screening of applications will begin immediately.  

This job posting is currently scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on September 15, 2022. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.