Institutional Review Board (IRB) Assistant

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 171030-1A
Date Posted: May 19, 2022
Category: Specialist

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

Under general supervision of the Director, Research Administration, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Assistant will assist the IRB Supervisor in the processing of all research applications submitted to the IRB.  The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review of all human subject research conducted at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:


  1. Assists in the processing of research applications for Committee review in accordance with the federal regulations
  1. Assists in conducting preliminary reviews of all IRB applications to ensure compliance with LH&MC IRB policies and federal regulations
  1. Assists in responding to inquiries from Lahey colleagues regarding research activities
  2. Provides training and guidance to Lahey colleagues on IRB procedures and systems including IRBNet, CITI and Research 2.0.
  1. Shares applications with IRB members for review and respond to Committee or Chair inquiries as needed.
  1. Prepares all correspondence to researchers that convey the IRB Committee decisions and contingencies for IRB approval
  2. Sends reminders to researchers regarding scheduled meetings and deadlines (including study expiration)
  3. Assists in maintaining IRB records including study documents, training records and other materials
  4. Other duties as assigned




Organizational Requirements:


Maintains strict adherence to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Confidentiality policy.

Incorporates Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Standards of Behavior and Guiding Principles into daily activities

Complies with all Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Policies.

Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

Demonstrates an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities. 

Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required


Licensure, Certification & Registration:






Work experience in an IRB support capacity preferred.  Experience with IRBNet is preferred.


Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:


Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Proven ability to function independently and to interact with professional personnel at all levels.



Shift: 40/Day

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.