• IACUC Coordinator II

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 months ago(8/8/2018 11:21 AM)
    Job ID
    Hidden (24988)
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    The IACUC Coordinator II will report to the IACUC Manager. IACUC has responsibility for evaluating and granting approvals for all research that involves vertebrate animals at DFCI. Under general direction, the IACUC Coordinator II will assist in screening research protocols, drafting and/or overseeing all correspondence related to committee reviews, and follow up on action items from meetings. Interacts with ARF managers, scientific staff and support personnel for the purpose of advising, directing and educating on matters related to vertebrate animal research. Works under moderate supervision with some latitude for independent judgment.

    The IACUC Coordinator is instrumental in support of ACUC operations so as to meet its primary responsibility of protecting the rights and welfare of vertebrate animals used in research.


    Ensures that submitted research is reviewed efficiently and consistent with regulations by:

    • Having a strong working knowledge of and ability to apply PHS/USDA regulations to work conducted at DFCI
    • Helping to oversee the accurate and timely processing, tracking and filing of submissions to and actions by the ACUC
    • Effectively communicating with investigators, committee Chair and ACUC members
    • Obtaining and distributing information required for Chair, full committee or designated member review, maintaining files, preparing meeting minutes
    • Assisting with the implementation of training course(s) to assist investigators in writing their research protocols

    Maintains accurate records of ACUC actions by:

    • Assisting with documenting communications with investigators, regulatory agencies and any others involved in the conduct of submitted research
    • Assisting with maintaining filing and archiving systems that allows access to open and closed protocols

    Ensures that continuing review of research is conducted appropriately and in a timely manner by:

    • Assisting with ensuring information submitted by investigators is adequate for effective review
    • Assisting with conducting post-approval monitoring of activities involving the use of animals in research at DFCI

    Assists IACUC Manager as IACUC liaison for investigators and research staff by:

    • Assisting with answering questions and suppling information when required, conveying IACUC actions to appropriate individuals
    • Assisting with screening inquiries and resolving issues when possible, conveying results of interactions to investigators and IACUC Manager as required


    • Bachelor's degree, and 1 - 2 years experience in related field. Previous experience may be substituted for Bachelor's degree. 
    • CPIA certification preferred
    • Working knowledge of iMedRIS software a plus
    • Strong understanding of federal, state and local regulatory information regarding the use of vertebrate animals in research
    • Knowledge of scientific and medical concepts and terminology related to both clinical and pre-clinical practice and research; knowledge of medical records standards and good data management practice 
    • Knowledge of personal computers with experience using various software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, databases)
    • Good written and verbal communication skills
    • Analytical skills necessary to identify potential problems;
    • Ability to envision how position fits into the department and Institute as a whole
    • Experience working both independently and cooperatively in a high-pressure environment
    • Organization skills necessary to manage priorities and meet deadlines with multiple and complex tasks
    • Interpersonal skills and maturity to effectively and professionally interact with diverse personalities and disciplines using tact and diplomacy

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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