Research Assistant – Regulatory Sciences

Website NC State University

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Research Assistant – Regulatory Sciences
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience ($50,000 – $60,000)
Position Number 00108118
Work Schedule 40 hrs/wk
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 110313 – IR-4 Project
Department IR-4 Project
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit The IR-4 Project is a national Federal/State partnership research program to assist farmers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, ornamentals, and other specialty crops by facilitating registration of safe and effective chemical and bio-based pest management products.

The IR-4 Project is needed because the crop protection industry focuses their research efforts on major crops such as corn, soybean, and cotton that provide the companies adequate return on their development investment. Without IR-4, farmers of specialty crops would only have access to a few crop protection products to protect their crops.

IR-4 Project Headquarters provides national leadership, coordination and regulatory compliance for the IR-4 Project research activities performed by approx. 125 scientists at over 20 public sector research farms and five analytical laboratories throughout the United States.

Essential Job Duties Reporting to the Executive Director, the IR-4 Project Research Assistant is responsible for the coordination of key components, implementation and maintenance of IR-4 research data in the IR-4 Project’s research with specialty food crops. Most activities must be performed following processes allowed under United State Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (Chapter 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 160).

Key activities and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Independently manage and coordinate the receipt of incoming data (e.g. Field Data Books, Analytical Summary Reports, Food Processing Reports), documenting receipt in IR-4 custom database, and routing data to the appropriate study director for technical review (30%):
    • Be the point of contact at IR-4 Headquarters for receipt of all contributing scientist reports and raw data sponsored by the IR-4 Project including Field Data Books, Analytical Summary Reports, Seed Treatment Reports, Food Processing reports, etc.
    • Document receipt of contributing scientist reports/raw data in IR-4’s custom tracking database.
  • Assisting Study Directors in Managing Study Protocols (20%):
    • Working with IR-4 Study Directors, develop the draft of the study protocol.
    • Post the draft protocol on the IR-4 website to solicit input from research participants and stakeholders.
    • Assign appropriate study identification to research; enter this data/information into IR-4 databases.
    • Coordinate the collection of Study Director and Sponsor signatures authorizing the protocol.
    • Distribute signed protocols to assigned researchers and other stakeholders.
    • Assist Study Directors in preparing amendments and deviations to protocols.
  • Manage the IR-4 Project Archives (20%):
    • Following IR-4 Project Standard Operating Procedures and EPA Good Laboratory Practice regulations ensure that all data are filed in IR-4’s on-site active or long-term off-site archives.
    • Promptly assist Study Directors and other authorized individuals to retrieve archived data.
    • Assure appropriate documentation of additions and removal of data. Make database entries to reflect these, so that archived material may be located quickly.
  • Key Miscellaneous duties (30%):
    • Responsible for ordering Test Substance for IR-4 sponsored field research with food crops.
    • Maintain the EPA GLP required Master Schedule that contains the estimated dates of critical events in IR-4 research.
    • Assist in the development of submission documents as required by US EPA.
    • Provide additional technical and administrative support for Study Directors.
    • Other necessary functions as assigned by IR-4 Directors and Managers.
    • Provide backup to other IR-4 Project Research Assistants in their assigned duties including (but not limited to):
      • Process all new Project Clearance Requests.
      • Update status of company support for new, potential or re-searchable projects.
      • Assist IR-4 Regional Offices in the development of project lists for priority setting.
      • Coordinate and enter information into databases in advance, during and after IR-4 Priority Setting workshops.
      • Facilitate information needed for IR-4’s National Research Planning Meeting.
      • Assisting Principal Research Scholars.
Other Work/Responsibilities
Minimum Education/Experience
  • Master’s degree in related discipline; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline, with 3 plus years of independent research experience, or extensive relevant experience in managing and archiving sensitive research data.
  • Documented training and experience with EPA Good Laboratory Practice regulations.
Departmental Required Skills
  • Able to efficiently multi-task, perform repetitive data entry tasks with high precision.
  • Ability to work effectively with guidance and instruction but without needing constant direct supervision.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Experience with applied pest management research.
Required License or Certification N/A
Special Instructions In addition to your application please submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.
Job Open Date 07/14/2020
Anticipated Closing Date 7/21/2020
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
AA/EOE NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • HERC
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from “other source” or “other website”, please provide the source.(Open Ended Question)
  3. * Do you have, or will you have by date of hire, a Bachelor’s degree in related discipline, with 3 plus years of independent research experience, or extensive relevant experience in managing and archiving sensitive research data?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please describe your training and experience with EPA Good Laboratory Practice regulations.(Open Ended Question)
  5. * Please describe your experience, if any, with applied pest management research.(Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References

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