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Job Req ID:  92718

Sr. Contracts Associate

The Clinical Research Contracting ORAN is seeking a Senior Contracts Associate who negotiates research contracts for the School of Medicine as part of the Office of Research Administration’s Clinical Research Contracting group. The Senior Contracts Associate negotiates/drafts complex sponsored research agreements as well as confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and data use agreements for industry-supported clinical research projects.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Contracts Associate works independently; reviews and edits contracts for completeness and compliance with university policies and applicable laws.
  • Drafts original contracts as needed.
  • Participates in the training/guidance of School of Medicine staff and faculty in research compliance.
  • Assists other Clinical Research Contracting staff in negotiations, drafting, and processing of complex sponsored research agreements and confidential disclosure agreements.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Advanced Degree (PhD, JD, MS) in related field and relevant specialized training. Additional education preferred especially related to clinical trials, sponsored research, contracting, science and intellectual property.
  • Three years experience with drafting and negotiation of research-related documents in a sponsored research environment or similar activities at a university, state /federal agency, or similar environment is required. 
  • Additional experience and/or education preferred, especially related to clinical trials, sponsored research, contracting, and/or regulatory compliance.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. 


** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proficiency with sponsored research agreement drafting and negotiation required.
  • Formal training and experience in sponsored research administration, intellectual property management and related topics required.
  • Demonstrated ability to perceive administrative and regulatory issues and conceptualize how to find solutions and reach consensus and to complete complex tasks.
  • Work experience should demonstrate ability to comprehend administrative and regulatory issues in biomedical science, to conceptualize how to find solutions and research consensus and to complete complex tasks.
  • Experience and references should demonstrate past performance effectiveness.
  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and competent judgment.
  • Must be very organized, bright, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be self-confident, articulate and oriented to assisting faculty to succeed.


Classified Title: Sr. Contracts Associate
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PF  
Starting Salary Range: $81,470 - $111,990 annually (commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: 8:30 am - 5 pm M-F 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Remote 
Department name: SOM Admin Res Clinical Research Contract 

Personnel area: School of Medicine 



The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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