Peer Reviewer, Fate and Metabolism, Wareham, Massachusetts, United States


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Peer Reviewer, Fate and Metabolism, Wareham, Massachusetts, United States

Posted: 27 March 2018

Job Summary
The Peer Reviewer I supports Study Directors by performing real-time reviews of laboratory data and records in accordance with the relevant study protocols and SOPs.  During studies, data packages are reviewed at a pre-determined frequency that depends on the length and complexity of study. Particular emphasis is placed on verifying calculations and reviewing data for accuracy, completeness, and scientific soundness.  Study-specific data are reviewed against the protocol to ensure that requirements are met.  Review comments are referred back to the Study Director or appropriate designee in a timely manner.  The Peer Reviewer I also conducts a final review of 100% of the information in completed data books or verifies that all data have been 100% reviewed by qualified personnel (including any summary tables) prior to submission to the Reporting and QA groups. Peer review also includes pertinent facility records, such as equipment maintenance and calibration log books, and organism culture logs. Data review forms are completed with each interval reviewed.  These data review forms will contain tracking information such as the package submission date and review completion date.  The forms will also contain a checklist outlining the scope of the review and will be signed and dated upon completion of the review.  Peer review will require the use of appropriate technology when applicable (e.g., Excel and Word) and the ability to read and understand results from specific applications related to data generation (e.g., Analyst, ChemStation, CETIS). 

  1. Job Duties 
Essential Functions
  1. Review data packages and facility records for accuracy, completeness, and scientific soundness. Emphasis is on critical study phases such as calculations and data to be included in study reports.
  2. Track multiple studies simultaneously.
  3. Additional duties as assigned. 
Technical writing skills [written and oral comprehension, written and oral expression].  Ability to integrate observations [visual and written, discrimination] into evaluation process.  A working knowledge of algebra and problem solving.  Ability to work at a fast pace, prioritize work assignments and handle stress [high productivity].  Ability to anticipate and resolve technical issues.  Familiar with standard computer software programs [word-processing, spreadsheets].
Physical Functions
Sitting - 50%
Standing - 50%
Walking - 30%
Writing - 60%
Visual - 100%
  1. Chemical Safety
  1. Must be able to comprehend the potential hazards of the chemicals in use and adhere to the proper safety techniques as dictated by the Safety Manual and/or Management.
  1. Laboratory Safety
  1. Must be able to wear gloves, lab coat, eye protection, sleeves, hearing protection, pesticide suit, plastic booties, dust masks and a face mask. 
  2. Must be able to understand and follow laboratory safety standards. 

Job Specifications
B.S. degree in biology or related field and 3-6 years of relevant laboratory experience. In lieu of a degree, 7 - 10 years of relevant laboratory experience. Individual must possess adequate level of scientific knowledge regarding the studies that he/she is reviewing, be well-informed about study specific protocol and guideline requirements, and able to be functional in applicable technology and methodologies.

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