Senior Research Compliance Officer

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  • Job Number:519156
  • Classification:Administrative Professional 4
  • Grade:Grade 82
  • Work type:Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Come join our team! The Office of Research Integrity is seeking a Research Compliance Officer, a critical component of UAF research compliance efforts. This position serves the UAF research community through the creation, development, and implementation of educational and post-approval monitoring programs to ensure compliance with research policies, laws, and regulations. If you like to encourage innovation, support research, and demonstrate energy and commitment to improving processes, we encourage you to apply! Remote work options are available.


10Grant and Contract Development: Review proposals, grants and contracts to identify compliance issues. Work with external sponsors, investigators, unit offices, Sponsored Programs, and Grant & Contract Administration to ensure that all research compliance requirements are fulfilled prior to award and throughout the life of the grant or contract.Essential
20Training/Oversight: Develop training programs and educational opportunities for University personnel on responsible conduct of research and research compliance topics. Deliver training in-person via lectures, workshops, and discussion groups or through distance education via the web (website content and blackboard courses), audio/video conferencing, and print publications. Coordinate training and educational events involving invited subject matter experts.Essential
30Subject Matter Expert: Serve as a subject matter expert and provide expert consultation services to the university community on research compliance topics including human subject protections, animal subject protections, biosafety, controlled substances, export controls, and occupational health & safety. Make recommendations to executive management regarding current research policies and draft new ones as appropriate. Develop procedures and processes to implement these policies and to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Work closely with the research compliance committees (IRB, IACUC, IBC)Essential
40Compliance and Post-Approval Monitoring: Create, develop, implement and manage post-approval monitoring programs for all UAF grants & contracts to ensure compliance with policies, laws, and regulations. Programs specifically address the protection of human participants in research, protection of animal research subjects, biosafety, export control issues, training in the responsible conduct of research, data ownership and management, permitting, and occupational health and safety issues as appropriate. Identify areas for improvement in research compliance. Has the authority to take appropriate measures to minimize risk to the university, to university personnel, and to research subjects. This includes, but is not limited to: setting training requirements, requiring the involvement of outside experts, and/or stopping research activities. Establish appropriate corrective action plans in response to identified non-compliance. Advise UAF leadership of potential problems and findings when violations exist. Work closely with the UA Office of General Counsel when serious issues of non-compliance are identified and must be reported to regulatory authorities. Evaluate research programs and make decisions on compliance issues. Offers guidance and support for Conflicts of Interest (COI) and Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) management. Provides central guidance with permitting requirements/needs for entities such as, but not limited to, (USFWS, ADF&G, land use, and biologicals). Oversee and administratively support the University’s Research Integrity Committee (RIC). Work with the RIC to identify and bolster existing training and training requirements for the University. Act as University Research Integrity Officer (RIO), holding signature authority.Essential


Expert knowledge of research compliance & export issues. Expert ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Ability to make complex decisions that may not be favorable to all parties. Broad understanding and knowledge of the Acts, Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines governing biosecurity and biosafety, the responsible conduct of research, compliance, and safety, export control management, and their applicability to a wide range of research and teaching activities. This includes but is not limited to 9CFR, 45CFR, 21CFR, general lab safety, biohazard disposal, PHS Policies pertaining to human and animal subjects. The ability to recognize areas of non-compliance is essential to this position. The person in this position should have a strong background in biosecurity and biosafety, the responsible conduct of research, and the protection of research subjects. A good understanding of laboratory and field safety issues, knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulations as well as risk management concepts/practices are important in this position. Familiarity with the federal grant review process, scientific method, management of research data and specimens, the function of research compliance committees, and a basic understanding of intellectual property and technology transfer issues is also required. Familiarity with regulations governing research activities subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Strong computer skills with training and experience in database management. Ability to collect, archive, analyze, and interpret data from system audits. The person in this position must possess excellent analytical, as well as oral and written skills and must be able to generate reports for various audiences, including executive management. Background and ability to develop and refine policies and procedures are required.

A service-oriented approach is essential for this position. The person in this position must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills allowing review of research protocols using non-threatening and non-confrontational techniques. They must have the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with various constituencies within a research university. Knowledge and/or experience in instructional activities (lecture, seminar, and web-based) and strong public speaking skills in small and large groups are also important. Strong organizational skills and the ability for independent, unsupervised work are essential. Demonstrated experience and leadership in the field of research compliance are also important.

Knowledge and experience with IRBNet is ideal but not required.

Required Education or Training:

Master’s degree in related field and seven years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Ph.D. preferred. Valid Driver's License.

UAF COVID Requirements

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

Proof of vaccination does not need to be provided to apply. If offered the position, the successful applicant will be contacted for proof of vaccination.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Position details:

This is a full-time, Grade 82, minimum $72,363 yearly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. Remote work options are available.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Review Date:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on April 18, 2022

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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