GDIT is Hiring a Protocol Oversight Specialist to support the Animal Care and Use Review Office (ACURO) Department of the US Army located at Ft. Detrick, MD.
The Animal Care and Use Review Office (ACURO), a component of the USAMRDC Office of Research Protections (ORP), provides oversight of the implementation of USAMRDC, U.S. Army, and Department of Defense (DoD) policies regarding use of animals in research, development, testing, evaluation, and training. While the ACURO is located organizationally at the USAMRDC in Fort Detrick, Maryland, ACURO's responsibility for laboratory animal welfare extends beyond Fort Detrick to a large number of recipients of USAMRDC managed contracts and grants involving animals conducted or supported by DoD.
The Protocol Oversight Specialist provides a comprehensive expert review of proposals/protocols involving the use of animals to ensure the research is scientifically justified, appropriately documented, ethical, and performed in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines for animal research including DoDI 3216.01, the Animal Welfare Act, and OLAW, as well as AR 40-33, Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NRC 2011, and AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition.
What You'll Be Doing:
Conduct independent expert review of animal use protocols to ensure compliance with federal and DOD regulations and guidelines.
Evaluate protocols to determine appropriate IACUC review, adherence to requirements, and to ensure that pain and distress issues are adequately addressed.
Ensure the use of animals is scientifically justified, appropriately documented, and performed in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
Interact professionally with investigators via telephone and email to answer animal care and use questions, clarify information required, and to obtain required information to secure approval.
Document oral conversations with written correspondence to confirm conversation points.
Regularly interact with contracting personnel to discuss proposal/protocol status, review challenges, and to obtain or provide information on status and other animal use related issues.
Present and discuss protocol details with veterinarians to ensure that all regulatory considerations are appropriately addressed.
Discuss complex issues with senior staff to coordinate office positions and responses.
Utilize Electronic Grants System (EGS) as applicable to conduct protocol review and processing.
Review lifecycle actions, including amendments, adverse event reports, noncompliance issues, etc., to ensure that all issues pertaining to animal care and use procedures are appropriately addressed.
Advise PIs and other protocol contacts on need for lifecycle actions as well as reporting requirements.
Issue reminder notices to correspondents at appropriate intervals in accordance with office policy.
Provide regular updates to funding agencies regarding protocol status based on reports generated in electronic systems.
Utilize standardized reports to maintain currency on protocol related tasks such reminder notifications and review deadlines.
What You'll Need:
Bachelor’s degree (in an animal related field, preferred).
2+ years of experience in regulatory oversight or compliance monitoring related to laboratory animal programs with a strong understanding of current regulations pertaining to the use of animals in research, development, testing, and evaluation and training.
Analytical, logical thought process and meticulous attention to detail as well as the ability to translate skills and knowledge to others is a must.
Must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain a favorable NACI/ T1 security investigation.
What Would Be Even Better:
Possess Laboratory Animal Technologist Certification from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), preferred.
Experience in either serving on or administration of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) preferred.
Experience in working in a laboratory animal facility preferred.
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