Washington University of St. Louis Human Research Protection Office in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Human Research Protection Office. The position is located at Mid Campus Center. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration have established regulations governing the conduct of human subject research. These regulations mandate that an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review human subject research proposals so as to “protect the rights and welfare of human subjects.” The Washington University IRB reviews research involving human subjects conducted by WU faculty/staff. The WU IRB is composed of members of varying background and expertise. These members are responsible for ensuring that human subject research conducted at Washington University meets all applicable ethical, regulatory, and institutional requirements. The Human Research Protection Office supports the activities of the WU IRB.

The IRB Review Analyst plays in integral role in the review of human subject research. Each research study requiring review by a fully convened committee will be thoroughly screened by the IRB Review Analyst to ensure information is accurate, complete and sufficient for the committee to determine if the study is approvable under the guiding regulatory criteria and institutional policies. The IRB Review Analyst will attend committee meetings to document the committee’s meeting actions, deliberations on regulatory and ethical issues and changes to the research plan determined by the committee to be necessary to secure approval. This FTE will communicate the committee’s requirements to the research team and work with the research team in resolving any required actions. This position requires a working knowledge and understanding of complex federal regulations, ethical issues, institutional policies, and other agency requirements governing human subject research.


  1. Screen research studies for compliance with federal regulations (including HIPAA compliance) and institutional policies and procedures. Identify issues or concerns that must be addressed in order for the committee to review and approve the research. Screening activities encompass new submissions, continuing review of studies, amendments, and unanticipated problems.
  2. Serve as a liaison between the committee members and research team. When necessary, contact investigators or coordinators to obtain additional information or clarification prior to the committee meeting.
  3. Attend committee meetings and serve as a resource on human subject research regulations and institutional requirements for committee members and Chairs.
  4. Compose meeting minutes that are in compliance with federal regulations and incorporate complex scientific and regulatory language, in addition to relevant ethical concerns. Letters must be clear, concise and grammatically correct.
  5. Counsel research faculty and support staff in resolving committee contingencies. Once submitted, review responses from investigators and approve protocols (when compliant).
  6. Distribution of minutes for approval by committee members.
  7. Provide educational and directive responses to general human subject questions from WU investigators and research staff.
  8. Provide guidance to WU Investigators and research staff regarding applications in preparation for submission to HRPO.
  9. Maintain a working knowledge of current regulations, guidelines, and trends influencing the conduct of human subject research.
  10. Serve as a member of the SWAT! Team (Staff with Answers Today). SWAT! is a resource that provides an on-call service and office hours to assist investigators, research staff and students with questions about any issue related to IRB review.


  1. Provide back-up and support for coworkers on an as needed basis.
  2. Participate in continuing education in the field of human subject research. Opportunities to attend a national conference are also available.
  3. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Certified IRB Professional (ICP) status preferred (successful applicant will be expected to obtain CIP upon meeting eligibility requirements).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in IRB, research, or nursing.
  • 1-2 years of related work experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Customer Service oriented.
  • General medical knowledge and familiarity with the conduct of research.
  • Comprehension of and ability to problem solve within the framework of major documents pertaining to Human Subject Protections, including 45CFR46, 21CFR50,56, HIPAA, Good Clinical Practice, the Declaration of Helsinki, and the Belmont Report.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Capable of handling several tasks/projects at a time and prioritizing responsibilities.
  • Able to work under deadline pressures.
  • Comfortable and able to work within an electronic environment.
  • Working knowledge of HRPO and software applications preferred.
  • Able to function independently in terms of decision-making and meeting job requirements.
  • Cooperative and positive attitude.
  • Team player.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $47,029 - $59,987 annually.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Med School HR website (medschoolhr.wustl.edu)

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: IRB Review Analyst - Human Research Protection Office - 40786

Job ID: 40786

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular