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Junior Research Support Specialist


Job Description:

The Biobehavioral Research Division within the Military and Veterans Health Services Operation at Leidos has a need for an Institutional Review Board Support Specialist.

The individual selected for this position will perform a variety of research support duties for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA.  Specifically, work efforts may assisting the IRB Administrator and government IRB chair to include reviewing documents, drafting communications, maintaining records and documents and assisting with audits.  Successful candidates will scientifically evaluate science research protocols across a multitude of health domains and make a recommendation as to the soundness of the research methods, study subject selection, ethical treatment of subjects, potential health and privacy risk in the context of existing FDA, HIPAA, CITI and other governing Federal policy with regard to human and animal research.  Combined experience in the life sciences and human and animal subject research, policy and regulation is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Support the Naval Health Research Center IRB Administrator, IRB functions and HIPAA Privacy Office functions.

2. Draft formal approval letters, information-needed memos, emails, and other written communication according to site-specific, Navy, and DoD, and DHHS guidelines.

3. Maintain IRB records and IRB meeting minutes to document compliance with relevant human subject protection regulations.

4. Maintain document archives in electronic and paper format according to DoD regulations.

5. Maintain training files and assist personnel with training requirements and technical assistance.

6. Create and maintain tracking system for Not Human Subject Research determinations and Data Use Agreements.

7. Assist with site audits as needed, in particular with HIPAA compliance.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS/BA in the life sciences or psychology
  • A minimum of 3 years of IRB staff experience
  • Experience with the military or consulting in a DoD environment preferred.
  • Have sound knowledge of medical terminology, clinical terminology, clinical research management, and IRB submission/filing guidelines
  • Strong skills to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; possess effective organizational and analytical skills; proficient with Windows based computer systems including MS Office

Desired Qualifications

Certification as a Certified IRB Professional (CIP)

Previous or current clearance or history of a completed government background check

External Referral Bonus:Ineligible

Potential for Telework:No

Clearance Level Required:Secret


Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


Requisition Category:Professional

Job Family:Life Scientist

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information at any part of the employment application process. And Leidos will communicate with you only through emails that are sent from a email address. If you receive an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information, please report the email to [email protected]

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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