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IACUC/IBC Project Manager

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18060
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kirk Lubick
(406) 994-6998

Classification Title Program/Project Lead
Working Title IACUC/IBC Project Manager
Brief Position Overview
Position Number 4C0105
Department Research Compliance
Division Office of Research and Economic Development
Appointment Type
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $50,000 - 60,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) oversees both compliance and safety in research-related activities at Montana State University (MSU) and represents MSU to U.S. federal government agencies that provide grants and verifications authorizing and facilitating research on MSU-Bozeman’s campus. Under limited supervision, the IACUC/IBC Project Manager in the Office of Research Compliance manages the activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at MSU. The person in this position facilitates communication and compliance within and between research staff and the committees to ensure that federal, state, and voluntary standards, regulations, and policies are met by the institution.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides review of incoming protocols and works with researchers to develop complete, accurate protocols for IACUC and IBC review from submission to final resolution.
  • Works closely with the IACUC and IBC Chairs, Attending Veterinarian, and Biosafety Officer to provide administrative support in the submission review process.
  • Sets up two meetings monthly including space reservations, meal arrangements, and related accounting documentation and forms.
  • Oversees recording of official minutes of all meetings and performs editorial review of minutes to ensure proper documentation of IACUC and IBC actions.
  • Receives reviewer comments for integration into understandable, concise communication of IACUC and IBC issues to PIs; evaluates actions taken by PIs in response to concerns; works with reviewers to determine final protocol status.
  • Provides accurate and timely IACUC and IBC correspondence and written reports.
  • Participates and coordinates in IACUC’s Post Approval Monitoring, IACUC’s semiannual inspections, and IBC’s inspection program.
  • Works closely with the ORC Director, Attending Veterinarian, Biosafety Officer, and the IACUC and IBC chairs in implementation and maintenance of policies.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of state and federal regulations as well as policies, guidelines, and ethical codes related to animals in research and biosafety related regulations.
  • Provides regulatory guidance related to MSU’s animal and biosafety research communities.
  • Establishes training and works with existing training programs for educational purposes and provides outreach efforts.
  • Communicates with database software developer to troubleshoot issues and test new features; offers new ideas for more efficient record keeping systems.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  2. Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA) or eligible within three years to become CPIA.
  3. Demonstrated experience in effective planning and using organizational skills to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and databases.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree plus two years personal experience with animal research.
  2. Working knowledge of the following guides and regulations:
    • Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
    • Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
    • USDA Animal Welfare Regulations
    • Association for Assessment and
    • Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)
    • Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL)
    • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
  3. Working knowledge of microbiology and the ability to evaluate microorganisms, toxins, and nucleic acids for their hazardous properties and assess risks.
  4. Experience in program management.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Excel in an autonomous environment with the ability to work independently with a high degree of self-motivation, accuracy, and efficiency, with little or no supervisory oversight of day-to-day operations.
  • Have demonstrated advanced analytical skills.
  • Have the ability to plan for and meet strict deadlines while being able to incorporate rapidly changing needs.
  • Have excellent attention to detail.
  • Express commitment to working in a transparent and collaborative manner with an understanding of state and university administrative policies.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills in order to positively interact with research faculty, staff, campus administrative departments, department heads, deans, MSU executives, and external sponsor organizations.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on September 22, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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