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IACUC Program Specialist (Program Specialist 1), UCP 6

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Research Compliance Services, is seeking an experienced IACUC professional to join our team of research compliance specialists.  Reporting to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (“IACUC”) Program Director in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Research Compliance Services, the IACUC Program Specialist 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 the preparation and presentation of training programs for IACUC members and animal users.
  • Participates in internal audit of animal care and use protocols and administers Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM) program to assist investigators in identifying deviations from approved protocols, and implements and documents corrective action.
  • 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, of agendas, minutes, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  1. Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. At least two years of relevant experience in research compliance requiring knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations.
  3. 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.
  4. Experience creating training materials and ability to present information, training programs, and/or workshops to individuals or groups.
  5. Excellent organizational skills to effectively multi-task to meet deadlines and trouble-shoot problems.
  6. Ability to work under the direction of a supervisor, as well as exercise a high level of independence and discretion.
  7. Established interpersonal skills that promote building strong working relationships. Demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues in a positive and constructive manner.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty members and staff in a diverse work environment.
  9. Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  10. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel.



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



Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website: https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/ (under Staff Positions), and should include a cover letter,  detailed resume, preferred contact information, and the names and contact information for three (3) references.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search #2018437)


For confidential inquiries or additional information please contact:

Laurie Pudlo, MPS HRM
Administrative Manager
Office of the Vice President for Research
University of Connecticut

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 18, 2018.


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.


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