The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI)  has the following list of positions open. Click the job title below to see an overview of the position. For more information about applying for positions at Virginia Tech visit www.jobs.vt.edu.

The Director of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) assumes a critical role in the research enterprise at Virginia Tech. The incumbent’s primary responsibilities are to ensure that all aspects of human subject research conducted under the university’s auspices are carried out in such a manner that the rights and welfare of participants in research are protected and that Virginia Tech is in compliance with institutional, state, local, and federal regulations.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. management and supervision of experienced staff that provides administrative and regulatory support to VT IRB
  2. coordination with other divisions and units responsible for implementing other aspects of human research protection programs and initiatives
  3. providing subject matter-specific counsel to HRPP team members, Board members, and investigators
  4. proactively creating and/or revising, as necessary, VT-specific policy and corresponding guidance to assure consistency and currency with best practices and evolving external policies such as NIH’s sIRB Policy and Common Rule revisions, and
  5. advising and briefing the AVP for Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance regarding all matters significantly impacting either the IRB in specific or the broader, institution-wide, network of human subject protection entities, activities, and initiatives.

More Information

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/89667.

The HRPP Protocol Coordinator holds a key position in support of Virginia Tech’s ambitious plans to become a leading 21st century land grant university that delivers innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time. We have two positions available. The HRPP Protocol Coordinator will be part of a dedicated team of HRPP professionals.

The coordinator will provide oversight and management of research determinations, new protocols, and amendment submissions from Virginia Tech researchers and collaborators, and provide support for those protocols throughout the research lifecycle. As a liaison between the faculty and the office, the coordinator advises on regulatory and ethical compliance for IRB submissions and contributes to the division’s overall mission to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research.

The HRPP Protocol Coordinator is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Creating an organizational culture within the team and across the research community that provides a safe, supportive, and enriching environment
  • Serving as a liaison between the division, the IRB, and principal investigators to coordinate regulatory actions across the protocol lifecycle
  • Providing excellent customer service to all staff, faculty, and IRB members for project-related inquiries and needs
  • Serving as an expert on three or more topic areas critical to HRPP success as chosen or assigned, including:
    • Regulations: Stay abreast of and responds appropriately to relevant regulations, laws, guidelines, ethical considerations, and common practices to be a reliable resources resource to the broader university community
    • Policy, procedures, guidance: Assist the HRPP Director with policy, procedural, and guidance development; develop review checklists; write review guidance; manage layout and content of protocol management; create educational materials for website, reviewers, researchers, and board members
    • Single IRB (sIRB): Support effective single-IRB, Smart-IRB, and Common Rule institutional policy and procedure development and implementation
    • HIPAA: Serve as IRB liaison between HRPP coordinator team and the University’s HIPAA Compliance Office
    • Data security: Stay abreast of data security best practices, including the use of apps in research, cloud based data storage, storage of sensitive and identifying information, and secure data enclaves
    • Clinical trials: Manage VT’s clinicaltrials.gov entries to ensure compliance with the NIH/FDA clinical trial requirements
    • FDA: Advise on regulatory requirements for the use of investigational devices and drugs in human subjects research
    • Metrics and process improvement: Collect and analyze internal and external data for assessment and improvement of protocol reviewing and administrative functions
    • Collaborations with external IRBs: Coordinate and review collaborative or multi-site research; prepare and review inter-institutional reliance agreements; coordinate with faculty and track submissions to external IRB
    • Post-approval monitoring: Conduct for-cause and random reviews; assist researchers with improvements that will ensure continued regulatory compliance and ethical treatment of human subjects
    • Training, education, and outreach: Develop and deliver training modules for researchers on a variety of human subjects topics
    • International research: Advise researchers on requirements for conducting research in other countries; manage the translation certification process for study documents (including for studies conducted with non-English speakers in the United States)
    • Additional subject matter expertise as determined by the HRPP Director: For example, research with children, biomedical research, research with incarcerated populations, consent


More Information

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/90260.

The IACUC Protocol Reviewer and Post Approval Monitor, under the supervision of the IACUC Administrator and IACUC committee, will be responsible for providing a preliminary administrative review of animal research protocols/amendments and implementation of a post approval monitoring program.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide administrative review of incoming protocols/amendments.
  • Work with researchers to develop complete, accurate protocols for IACUC review.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of state and federal regulations as well as policies, guidelines, and ethical codes related to animals in research and biosafety related regulations.
  • Conduct random and for-cause reviews of researchers’ documentation and procedures, which includes interviewing researchers, staff, and others to ensure the laboratory animal experiments are performed in accordance with approved IACUC protocols and federal regulations.
  • Investigating reported issues on behalf of the IACUC.
  • nform the IACUC of any protocol/investigator non-compliance activities.
  • Contribute with development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices designed to promote compliant practices and mitigate risk.
  • Apply knowledge of IACUC-related regulations and guidelines to day-to-day operations.

More Information

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/91201.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is recruiting for talented and customer service oriented professionals to join its Pre-Award Team as Pre-Award Associates and Senior Pre-Award Associates. Multiple positions may be hired from this posting and the level will be determined by the candidates qualifications and experience.

Pre-Award Associates are expected to advise and assist faculty in the preparation of proposals for funding and ensure compliance with university and sponsor policies, procedures and requirements, and be comfortable working in situations where answers are not always clearly defined. Will possess initiative and the ability to work independently but consult with appropriate parties as needed, and be able to problem-solve and maintain professional composure while working under pressure of internal and external deadlines, utilize problem-solving skills and excellent customer service skills to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, staff, students, and sponsors. They must be energetic and able to function effectively and independently in a fast-moving environment subject to external pressure and frequent interruptions.

Senior Pre-Award Associates are expected to perform duties of the Pre-Award Associate as well as assigning and reviewing work of other, providing direct supervision to team members, as required, and providing training to internal and external customers, as well as participating in efforts to improve research administration including serving on internal and external committees. Senior Pre-Award Associates are expected to work closely with associate directors and team leaders in coordination and operations and assists with team member training, as well as foster team work and collaboration, with demonstrated organizational skills and high commitment to customer service by applying skills and experience to the review of research proposals, contracts, and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and university regulations and guidelines.

More Information

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/90685.

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Lynn Byrd
Human Resources Project Manager