Research Ethics and Integrity Specialist

Posted January 11th 2024

Alaka`ina Foundation

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD

Closing date
February 15th 2024

The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is looking for a qualified Research Ethics and Integrity Specialist in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Candidate shall provide analysis, policy development, training, and evaluation for research ethics and scientific integrity initiatives at WRAIR. Tasks include:

Assist with designing, organizing, and conducting regular responsible conduct of research (RCR), scientific integrity, and research ethics training sessions for investigators and research staff at all sites, CONUS and OCONUS. Prepare materials and update materials in response to new information and policy, develop interactive training sessions, conduct regular evaluations of training sessions (for example, pre and post surveys), and analyze and respond to feedback regarding training sessions;
Review regulations, policies, guidelines, and best practices in research ethics, human research oversight, and scientific integrity domains; compile information on these issues for WRAIR personnel; help develop policy, guidance, and training as needed;
Attend relevant conferences addressing RCR, scientific integrity, and research ethics issues in order to update policies and practice as needed to stay current with best practices in the field;
According to needs identified by federal personnel, carry out empirical research on selected topics in research ethics, RCR, scientific integrity, or human research oversight; empirical research projects may involve qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies; additional methods may include consultative approaches and stakeholder engagement;
Support program oversight and training regarding best practices in scientific research, including confidential reporting, tracking, collection of information, and expert guidance on handling and adjudicating potential problems within the arena of responsible conduct and best scientific practices;
Work independently in generating appropriate strategies, outlines and work plans, carrying out research in a self-directed manner, preparing written summaries and reports, giving oral presentations and seminars, and producing publication quality documents.


Minimum of Bachelors (MA/MS and/or PhD highly preferred, in Bioethics, Social Science, or Science field);
Minimum of three (3) years' experience in a biomedical or health-related scientific research field.


The ideal candidate must possess two of the four following skills/experience:

Strong scientific background; epecially desirable to have background in biomedical science (either lab science or clinical research, or both);
Knowledge and experience working on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), scientific integrity, or related issues;
Qualitative and/or quantitative research skills and experience;
Experience designing and conducting education and training activities in a scientific context.


Must be a U.S. Citizen;
Must be able to obtain/maintain Public Trust.

The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is a fast-growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries. Eligible employees enjoy a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; and 11 paid holidays.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click here to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees.

The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned and 8(a) certified businesses. The Family of Companies (FOCs) includes Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kūpono Government Services, and Kapili Services, Po`okela Solutions, Kīkaha Solutions, LLC, and Pololei Solutions, LLC. Alaka`ina Foundation activities principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship.

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