Human Research Protection SME

Clearance Level
Silver Spring, Maryland

REQ#: RQ117996

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: NACLC (T3)
Requisition Type: Pipeline
We are GDIT. As one of the largest IT and mission services providers to the government, we own our opportunities to better enable healthcare organizations to identify theirs.

GDIT's Military Health Solutions is hiring a Human Research Protection Subject Matter Expert. This candidate will provide support resources which demonstrate knowledge in human research protection.

In this role, a typical day will include:

  • Applying expert knowledge of human subject protection laws and regulations
  • Assisting with development of policy and procedures based upon Federal laws, policies, and guidelines, (32 CFR 219 National Defense, Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR 46 Department of Health and Human Services, Protection of Human Subjects)
  • Assisting with compliance efforts that ensure that human subjects research may not commence until an approved DoD assurance covering the research exists
  • Making sure the study has been determined to be scientifically sound
  • Confirming the research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of record
  • Verifying the research has been approved for implementation
  • Providing expert guidance regarding ethical foundations, DoD and other Federal regulations, regulatory compliance, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and clinical trials standards, other research standards for all aspects of human subject research regardless of discipline
  • Monitoring and provides timely responses for emails
  • Developing a business process for the electronic filing system for documentation including IRB reviews and determinations, pre-reviews and regulatory reviews
  • Formulating and recommending potential solutions to complex problems that would help bring protocols in compliance with the various laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines governing human subjects’ research, including regulatory coordination (work with other regulatory offices to coordinate human subjects’ protection reviews) as required
  • Educating the institution’s staff to maintain a culture of compliance with all Department of Defense (DoD) regulations and institutional policies and procedures relevant to the protection of human subjects
  • Providing a working knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations and reports any HIPAA violations to DHA Privacy Officer
  • Modifying and maintaining a database to track the lifecycle of human subject research, including IRB reviews, pre-reviews, determinations and regulatory reviews
  • Calculating, compiling and submitting metrics for performance measures
  • Facilitating information flow and acting as a liaison between research review boards and Federal and Contractor Principal Investigators, research staff, and administrative staff
  • Obtaining and filing electronic documents for determinations, pre-reviews, IRB reviews and regulatory reviews for research
  • Conducting pre-reviews for research involving human subjects and makes preliminary determinations and forwards recommendations to the Human Protections Administrator (HPA)
  • Conducting regulatory reviews for the post-IRB approval lifecycle management of research including new studies, continuing reviews, amendments, unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others, serious adverse events, continuing noncompliance, serious noncompliance, research suspensions, research terminations, protocol deviations, investigations and audits of human subject research, and study closures
  • Submits written findings for each assigned Human Research Protection Official
  • Ensuring prompt reporting of noncompliance as applicable and seeks corrective action
  • Developing and coordinating organizational communications (website, information updates, newsletters, town halls, monthly meetings and routine correspondence)
  • Conducting administrative and HRPO reviews for human subject research
  • Providing support to ensure compliance of research programs with applicable federal, state and local regulations and DoD requirements for human subject research
  • Assisting the HPA with oversight of research involving recombinant DNA
  • Analyzing user needs and performs research and functional analysis on a variety of projects


  • Master's degree in related discipline
  • 8+ years of related experience in scientific research, analysis, and/or engineering
  • 5+ years of regulatory experience
  • 5+ years of human subjects’ protection and IRB experience
  • Training in human subjects’ research protection, animal use, bioethics, and HIPAA required
  • Expert level knowledge of human subjects’ protection regulations, policies, and guidelines
  • Ability to serve as the subject matter expert in required areas of expertise and provide industry best practice solutions to extremely complex problems being addressed
  • US Citizenship
  • Ability to obtain a favorable NACLC (T3) investigation 


  • PhD degree in related discipline
  • 10+ years of related experience in scientific research, analysis, and/or engineering
  • Prefer certification as a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and/or Clinical Research Associate (CCRA)
  • Prior experience within the DoD/VA systems of care


  • 401K with company match
  • Internal mobility team dedicated to helping you own your career
  • Collaborative teams of highly motivated critical thinkers and innovators
  • Ability to make a real impact on the world around you

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