Research Ethics Board Specialist

University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB (27 days ago)

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This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits. This position is to fill a maternity leave and will be working on the Health Research Ethics Board (Biomedical Panel).

Reporting to the Associate Director, Research Ethics Office (REO), the Research Ethics Board (REB) Specialist will provide direct support to the University's REBs as well as provide significant content and process expertise to support human research ethics applications preparation, submission, review and on-going administration. The duties of this position are diverse and complex and require significant independent work and decision-making in a high-volume, fast-paced work environment.


Assess and process ethics applications, amendments and renewals (approximately 200/month) for both full board review and delegated review
Assist researchers to improve their submissions through critical application of established or accepted practice in human research ethics and regulatory and other requirements
Make preliminary determination regarding both participant vulnerability and risk and overall research project risk and initiate review processes accordingly. Depending on the level of risk, review may be independently completed by the REB Specialist or assigned to a delegated reviewer or to review by full committee
Through in-depth understanding of applicable guidelines, interpretations, best practices and regulatory requirements related to human participant research, will highlight issues and be key resource for applications requiring particular attention by reviewers
Ensure Committee practices adhere to University policy and any other policies to ensure compliance with same.
Independently process manage or monitor all post-approval activities including amendments, renewals, closing reports and any reportable events
Track and monitor application processes, time in review, project and approval history to ensure that performance targets for the REB are met
Assist applicants and staff with technical issues with the online system, refer for specialized support as required
Provide researchers and staff with information concerning recommended training and relevant resources; deliver training to researchers as appropriate
Communicate with the Research Services Office, NACTRC, Environmental Health & Safety, Covenant Health and other review committees as required
Contribute to development of written standard operating procedures and guidelines for use by REBs, reviewers and researchers
Support recruitment, training, orientation and education activities for REB members; obtain documentation of same to ensure that committee members comply with regulatory requirements re training
Perform other duties as required

Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred in a health related discipline
Minimum of 3 years' clinical research experience preferably with a clinical research team in a post-secondary institution
Superior communication skills - verbal and written; excellent interpersonal skills
Superior customer service orientation to work
High degree of initiative, ability to work independently and ability to manage multiple tasks/priorities
High level of critical thinking and independent decision making skills
Leadership skills - relationship building, judgment, strategic thinking, prioritization , time management and coaching
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and online systems
Demonstrated competencies in areas of: professionalism, results orientation, leadership, organizational understanding, teamwork and flexibility/adaptability