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Human Research Ethics Co-ordinator (Social and Interdisciplinary Science) – Job vacancy CSIRO0

Posted by Admin in on March 20, 2017

  • Do you have a sound understanding and interest in human ethics research principles?
  • Are you able to provide high-level support and advice to a diverse range of research projects?
  • A rare part-time opportunity to job share in this strategic role!

The Position:
The Human Research Ethics Coordinator (SIS) provides leadership and support to CSIRO staff in their attendance to ethical research activity and assists with the ethical review and approval processes for social and interdisciplinary research within CSIRO. The HREC Co-ordinator (SIS) works closely with the Executive Manager Social Responsibility and Ethics and receives administrative support from the Ethics Administration Officer.

This part-time position (30 hours per fortnight), would ideally suit an experienced research ethics administrator or mid-career research scientist with an interest in human research ethics. The role provides an opportunity to broaden your experience, gain exposure to, and provide design input, support and advice to a diverse range of research projects in relation to human ethics.

View the position description and application process on the CSIRO web site
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Long-Sought Research Deregulation Is Upon Us. Don’t Squander the Moment – The Chronicle of Higher Education (Richard A. Shweder and Richard E. Nisbett | March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 19, 2017

We can’t help but feel that the revision of the US Common Rule was a missed opportunity to reflect on how institutions should replace IRB control through review with an approach that aims at building reflective ethical practice. Given past patterns of exporting US regulatory approaches to other parts of the world, many more jurisdictions may come to regret this.

It has been a 40-year labor: Regulatory systems are not easy to undo. Nevertheless, in January the federal government opened the door for universities to deregulate vast portions of research in the social sciences, law, and the humanities. This long-sought and welcome reform of the regulations requiring administrative oversight of federally funded human-subject research on college campuses limits the scope of institutional review board, or IRB, management by exempting low-risk research with human subjects from the board’s review.
The new regulations state: “We acknowledge that guidance may be useful for interpreting some of the terms in this exemption, and that some cases will be debatable. However, we also believe that a substantial number of research activities will plainly fit this exemption, and should be allowed to proceed without IRB review.”
The exempted research activities include surveys, interviews, and other forms of free communication between researchers and human adults, aptitude testing, the observation and recording of verbal and nonverbal behavior in schools and public places (for example, courtrooms), benign behavioral interventions (including ordinary psychology experiments), secondary-data analysis, and other low-risk projects and research procedures.

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Friday afternoon’s funny – Over using abbreviations and acronyms0

Posted by Admin in on March 3, 2017

Game show participants fail to guess what GCP means

Cartoon by Don Mayne – Using abbreviations and acronyms is confusing

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Friday afternoon funny – Urgent or just last minute review applications0

Posted by Admin in on February 17, 2017

Health workers and patient in an operating room wait anxiously for ethical clearance

Cartoon by Don Mayne – Why you should not leave research ethics review until the last moment

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Terminology and timing matter. For researchers: An application/variation isn’t urgent if you did not plan for the usual review turnaround. For reviewers and institutions: Do you have agile mechanisms for situations that are genuinely urgent?