Policy Fellowship at Office for Human Research Protections, NIH

A fellowship position is available in the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).  OHRP provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP provides clarification and guidance, develops educational programs and materials, maintains regulatory oversight, and provides advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and social-behavioral research.

OHRP’s Division of Policy and Assurances prepares policies and guidance documents and interpretations of requirements for human subject protections and disseminates this information to the research community.  The Division also administers the assurances of compliance and implements the institutional review board registration process.

The fellow will:

•             Assist in developing OHRP policy and guidance documents regarding regulatory requirements for biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects;

•             Assist in developing and revising regulatory requirements related to the Department of Health and Human Services Protection of Human Subjects Regulations, 45 CFR part 46, as needed;

•             Collect, analyze and evaluate information in developing or revising guidance documents, policies and procedures, and HHS regulations involving human subjects.

•             Coordinate responses to requests for information, technical assistance and guidance related to human subject research policy;

•             Assist in reviewing and approving certifications for HHS-conducted or –supported research involving prisoners;

•             Assist in reviewing protocols submitted for HHS Secretarial panel review of certain research involving children or prisoners, and assisting in the coordination of Secretarial panels, as needed; and,

•             Assist in posting policy documents on OHRP’s website and with other website-related tasks, as assigned.

•             Apply his/her strong writing skills and their ability to accurately communicate research protection information and data to diverse audiences.

•             Increase his/her understanding and experience of policy issues related to health and human research protections.  Participants will have opportunities to interact with other Federal agencies and non-governmental groups on research issues.

The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OHRP contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at OHRP in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of OHRP, DHHS, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


•             Applicants will have earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, public policy, science, law, ethics, philosophy, or related fields.  A focus on health, as well as research experience, is beneficial.

•             Experience in writing papers that address specific aspects of the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research is a plus.

Further information about OHRP’s programs, projects and activities can be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/index.html.

How to Apply:

OHRP’s fellowship is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. To be considered, please send a cover letter stating your interest, CV/resume, writing sample and the names and contact information for three persons who will provide references for you to DeAnna Copeland at DeAnna.Copeland@orau.org.  Please reference Project # DHHS-OHRP-2013-0103 in all communications.


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