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Posted: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
JOB TITLE: Bioethics Support
DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
CONTACT: Jeff Beckhorn
TELEPHONE: 585-749-3938
• Organize meetings, document, and report on research ethics consultations overseen by Chief of Bioethics. Maintain written tracking system for research ethics consultations. Manage the approval process for these actions by drafting/triaging review/approval memoranda on behalf of the HSPB, IRB and WRAIR command.
• Investigate and analyze ethical issues relevant to the design and conduct of WRAIR research, international and domestic. Ethical issues may involve appropriate interpretation or implementation of DOD policies, U.S. and foreign regulations regarding the protection human subjects, international research ethics guidelines, and laws and policies or other countries. This work involves conceptual clarification and interpretation of complex ethical standards, review of peer reviewed literature in relevant analysis, compilation, and preparation of written briefs or reports.
• Review protocols upon request from WRAIR staff and guidance with regard to ethical issues arising in these protocols.
• Provide expert input in planning and organizing stakeholder meetings on bioethics topics to support the work of WRAIR investigators and collaborators.
• Help design and conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses in the context of research studies of bioethics issues, for example, studies of attitudes and experiences of research participants, qualitative assessment of stakeholder opinions on ethical problems or issues, and similar types of investigation. This work requires knowledge and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods including conducting interviews and focus groups, analyzing qualitative research findings, designing and conducting surveys, and basic statistical analysis.
• Work with WRAIR staff to develop guidance and training materials on ethical requirements in research. Provide guidance and training in policies, procedures, and ethical principles governing human subjects’ protection as requested. The audience may be WRAIR research investigators and staff at CONUS and OCONUS sites as well as collaborating organizations.
• Work with WRAIR staff to identify, coordinate, and resolve issues concerning ethical principles and the application of United States and international regulations and ethical guidelines in international settings at working groups and meetings.
• Work independently in generating appropriate strategies, outlines and work plans, carrying out research in a self-directed manner, preparing written summaries and reports, giving oral presentations and seminars, and producing publication quality documents.

• Masters’ Degree in a scientific discipline is required (PhD or better is preferred).
• Academic training in bioethics
• At least 3-5 years of related experience.
• Must be able to pass a background check and qualify to work on a military base.

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