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University of Connecticut

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Program Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Administrative Services


The Office of the Vice President for Research, Research Compliance Services, is seeking an experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) professional to join our team of Research Compliance Specialists.  Reporting to the Director of Research Compliance Services, the IACUC Program Specialist (Administrative Program Support 4) will coordinate with the Chair, members of the IACUC, Animal Care Services staff, and other university constituents to ensure that all animal care and use activities related to research and/or teaching conform to all applicable university, state, federal, and other external regulatory requirements and guidelines.


Performs pre-review of new protocols, three-year renewals, protocol modifications, and continuations for accuracy and completeness of submission, and coordinates review with the appropriate Environmental Health and Safety Committees.
Consults with principal investigators, staff, and others in the preparation of new animal protocols or the amendment of existing protocols.  Serves as a resource for investigators on regulations, policies, and guidelines governing animal care and use.
Maintains internal database of animal protocols. Creates reports from database to meet internal and AAALAC, PHS, and USDA requirements.
Coordinates animal facility inspections, and animal care and use program evaluations. May assist in the preparation of semiannual inspection reports.
Participates in internal audit of animal care and use protocols. Keeps current on federal, state, and local animal research regulations, guidelines, and policies. Ensures that changes are integrated into appropriate university policies, procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures.
Participates in the development of IACUC policies for review by the committee.  Contributes to the writing of IACUC Office Standard Operating Procedures.  Revises IACUC protocol forms and checklists as needed.  Prepares materials for dissemination and for the IACUC website.
Facilitates IACUC or other research compliance stakeholder meetings as needed, including logistical arrangements and preparation and distribution of decisions, agendas, minutes, etc.
May participate in the preparation and presentation of training programs for IACUC members and animal users.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field and four to five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
At least two years of relevant experience in an academic research compliance setting requiring knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations.
Knowledge and ability to use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of federal and other laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures pertaining to the care and use of animals used for research and teaching.
Excellent organizational skills to effectively multi-task to meet deadlines and troubleshoot problems.
Ability to work under the direction of a supervisor, as well as exercise a high level of independence and discretion.
Established interpersonal skills that promote building strong working relationships. Demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues in a positive and constructive manner.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty members, and staff in a diverse work environment.
Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel.

Experience using animals in a research, medical or similar institutional setting and a demonstrated understanding of scientific methodology.
Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) or eligible within one year of hire.
Record of certification, membership, or affiliation with appropriate professional organizations.

Full-time positions include an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut.  Salaries typically start at the minimum of the salary band and range to the mid-point for progressively experienced candidates.  Positions are anticipated to be based on the main UConn Storrs Campus.  Employees are currently telecommuting until directed to return to campus or as an otherwise authorized condition of employment.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495478­­­­­­­­­ and upload a resume and cover letter that illustrate how the applicant (1) satisfies the education and experience requirements, and (2) effectively demonstrates the proficient level of knowledge, skills, and experience required for the position; and (3) contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on December 26, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

To apply for this job email your details to mark.h.johnson@uconn.edu