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Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator

HOUSTON, TX · Administrative
This position provides support to the Human Health and Performance (HH&P) Directorate at NASA/JSC, specifically in support of the JSC and NASA Flight Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The position provides technical and administrative coordination to help facilitate the review and disposition of research protocols involving human subjects. Job functions involve coordination of reviews of biomedical research, social and behavioral research, and human-in-the-loop engineering evaluations. This includes facilitating the research review and approval process to ensure institutional compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, institutional policies and guidelines governing human research protections.

  • Participate in developing, recommending and implementing policies and procedures to assure adequate subject protections, compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, and to enhance IRB committee operations
  • 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
  • Record, disseminate, and maintain local IRB policies on
  • 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
  • Provide training for electronic IRB submission system and IRB general procedures to both Principal investigators and IRB members.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Master's degree in Bioscience or Health Policy
  • Prior work experience with a federal agency
  • Demonstrated prior experience with IRB reliance agreements 
1. Required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrate the ability to think and act independently
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
2. Desired
  • Proficiency with Huron's Click®IRB software and HRPP Toolkit  
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