Senior IRB Education and Compliance Specialist

Compliance and Education
22003081 Requisition #

This Professional and Scientific position will be filled as either an IRB Education and Compliance Specialist (PRC1) or Senior IRB Education and Compliance Specialist (PRC2) based on candidate qualifications and interview evaluation.  To express interest for consideration at both levels, please apply to both requisitions, 22003080 and 22003081.


The position is open to a full time equivalent of 50-100%.  Part-time or full-time appointments are available within the stated range.  Hybrid Telework schedule may be considered.  Some onsite work required.


The University of Iowa Human Subjects Office (HSO) seeks a motivated, service-oriented professional as an IRB Education and Compliance Specialist or Senior IRB Education and Compliance Specialist.  This position will act as education and compliance expert with regard to federal regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, and University of Iowa policies and procedures for the protection of human subjects involved in research.  Responsibilities will include to develop and coordinate procedures and programs to enhance investigator understanding of the HawkIRB application process and compliance with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures.  Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel is required.

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

About the Human Subjects Office
Human Subjects Office (HSO) was established by the Office of the Vice President for Research to provide administrative support for the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards. An Institutional Review Board is a group of individuals charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with federal human subjects regulations. The University of Iowa has three such review boards, each consisting of faculty, staff, and representatives from the Iowa City community.



Education or Equivalency Required

A Bachelor’s degree in a health-related or clinical field (such as nursing, biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science, radiation sciences, human physiology, or behavioral or public health with a clinical/health emphasis) or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate typically 1-3 years of current and relevant experience (generally within the last 5 years), with the conduct or monitoring of clinical trials and biomedical research design with human subjects.
  • Evidence of strong writing, speaking, and organizational skills are required.
  • Extensive experience using MS Word, databases are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with researchers on a broad range of sensitive topics.
  • Experience in preparing & submitting IRB application materials and Informed Consent Documents is required.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of federal, state, and institutional regulations governing clinical research (examples given, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, FDA drug, biologic and device regulations.)

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge or experience in biomedical research protocol development.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Certification as a Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) or Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) is desirable.
  • Certification as a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) or the ability to obtain Certified IRB Professional (CIP) certification as soon as eligible.
  • A master's degree in a health-related or clinical field (such as nursing, biomedical laboratory science, radiation science, human physiology, behavioral or public health with a clinical/health emphasis).

Position and Application Details and Instructions:
Upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and verification of academic credentials. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact:  Sarah Tillman (

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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