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Research Compliance Specialist

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country".


Job Overview

The Office of Research Human Research Protection Program department (HRPP) has an opening for a Research Compliance Specialist (RCS) to join their highly talented team. This position would be ideal for someone who is self-motivated, has strong decision making skills, organizational and time management skills, and is able to function independently in a high intensity environment often driven by deadlines. The RCS will need the ability to assess multiple issues analytically in order to apply knowledge of regulations and institutional policies to complex situations. Solid computer skills and competency in Microsoft products are a must.

The University of Cincinnati is the leading R1 urban university in our region with a varied portfolio of human subject's research in diverse disciplines. UC's Human Research Protection Program, under the umbrella of the Office of Research, protects the rights and welfare of research volunteers. Our team aims to enhance the research enterprise via education, community outreach and streamlined processes while adhering to the highest standards and regulatory compliance.

A cover letter and resume are required as part of the application process. Attach these documents before submitting your application

Essential Functions

  • Serve as liaison for designated research protocols/studies; perform initial/ongoing research protocol reviews and provide advice to the Board/Committee; perform protocol audits as required; attend Board/Committee meetings to review and discuss studies to ensure compliance with federal, state, local regulations, and University policies & procedures; act as a resource for Board/Committee members regarding regulations during research protocol review. Resolve all issues involving research protocols.
  • Interpret, analyze and apply federal, state and local regulations, along with University rules and regulations, to ensure ethical research practices are followed; report suspected or known instances of noncompliance with University or federal regulations.
  • Coordinate information to meet protocol-reporting requirements; resolve non-routine issues involving research protocols including direct communication with investigators and research staff; interact with investigators, faculty, students and administration of all levels.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of daily operational policy and procedures.
  • Provide training and mentoring as needed, may conduct on-site audits; may serve as full member on review board/committee. 
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree must be in a related field.
  • Six (6) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience in a compliance, basic science and/or clinical research environment.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Relevant professional certification or an advanced degree.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 74761 


Research Compliance Specialist

Date:  Nov 24, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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