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Sr Research Contract Specialist

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Job Location:
Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts


Position Description
Create, negotiate, review, and draft contractual agreements between Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and federal, state, private, and foreign organizations. This position is for the Office of Research and Innovation  at Texas Tech University Health Sciences only. Adherence to robust safety practices and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations are responsibilities of all employees.

HSC - Lubbock

Department: Research Admin Lbk

Major/Essential Functions
The Senior Contract Specialist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) plays a pivotal role in advancing the university's strategic initiatives in the domain of clinical trials and sponsored research.

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:
  • Draft, review, and negotiate complex research contracts, including but not limited to, clinical trial agreements, sponsored research agreements, data use agreements, material transfer agreements, and collaboration agreements with private and public partners.
  • Engage with external stakeholders, such as industry sponsors and EU academic institutions, to ensure mutual understanding of contract terms and alignment with TTUHSC policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with internal TTUHSC departments, including research, legal, finance, and administration, to ensure seamless contract processes.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with researchers and administrators at partner institutions and companies, ensuring clarity and timely progress in contract matters.
  • Stay abreast of international, federal, state, and institutional regulations pertinent to research agreements. Stay updated on industry trends, best practices, and emerging regulations in the domains of clinical trials and sponsored research.
  • Advise TTUHSC stakeholders on contractual risks, ensuring that all research contracts comply with regulatory and institutional standards. 
  • Develop and implement best practices related to contract management and negotiation processes. 
  • Provide training and guidance to junior staff and researchers on contractual matters.
  • Monitor and report on contract activity metrics, providing insights to the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation on trends, challenges, and opportunities.
Occasional Duties
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree and at least three years of legal experience or seven years of contract review experience.  Additional job related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor degree
  • 5+ years of experience in contract management.
  • experience in clinical trials and/or sponsored research contracts
Required Attachments
Cover Letter, Resume / CV

Pay Statement
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan website.

EEO Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal statute requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. By October 1 of each year, institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Campus Security Policy & Crime Statistics Report (ASR) to current and prospective students and employees. To view this report, visit the TTUHSC Clery Act website.

Pay Basis: Monthly

Pay Grade Minimum
Salary commensurate with education, experience and/or skills.

Pay Grade Maximum
Salary commensurate with education, experience and/or skills.

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Does this position work in a research laboratory?: No
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