Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) the Biosafety Officer provides Institutional Biosafety Support for a comprehensive, University-wide Biosafety Program to assure regulatory compliance and protection of faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the community.Â
This position must exercise significant judgment, discretion, and professional expertise in the interpretation and application of federal, state, local, and University policies, protocols, and regulations. This position is responsible for the review and approval of complex research projects which may involve significant hazards, and which require compliance with many complex regulations, such as NIH, CDC, and EH&S policies. Â This position has authority on behalf of the IBC and requires significant coordination with IACUC, and other Institutional committees and authorities.Â
This position is responsible for maintaining a compliant and effective Biosafety Program as well as implementing processes. Compliance with guidelines governing recombinant DNA and infectious agents is critical to the protection of the community, public and employee health, as well as the protection of the Universityâs image. The Biosafety officer is integral to this compliance.Â
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Reviews and assesses research protocols involving the use of biological material, laboratory operations and facilities and construction/renovation plans for all aspects of biosafety. Provides feedback and assists investigators with research proposals involving biological materials. Advises Faculty, Administration and the Research Personnel of trends in the area of biological safety and the impact of regulations and standards.
Responds to laboratory and facility emergencies; conducts incident investigations, conducts laboratory assessments, and provides incident reports; develops and implements corrective action measures as needed. Serves as a first responder to emergency situations involving biological and hazardous materials. Coordinates efforts related to the Universityâs emergency response team. Manages and directs the biomedical waste disposal and maintains the associated record keeping.
Develops and presents biological and safety training and education programs to University personnel and visitors as necessary.
Helps to coordinate the activities of the IBC and serves as a voting member. Provides technical expertise to assigned committees and programs as needed. Prepares technical reports and program outcome measurements. Supervises other biosafety specialists and others as assigned.
Collaborates with the Universityâs BSL-3 Manager, in coordinating/developing trainings, policies and procedures for work in high containment; and oversees maintenance and evaluation of equipment and management of the BSL3 Facility in accordance with standard operating procedures. Performs other professional related duties as assigned or requested.
Disclaimer: This description is not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive list of job duties. As such, job duties and/or responsibilities within the context of this job requisition may change at the discretion the employeeâs direct supervisor.
Required Education and/or Experience
4-6 years of experience as a Biosafety professional or supporting the management of Biosafety containment facilities. Â
Masterâs Degree in safety, industrial hygiene, microbiology, molecular biology, biology, public health or other related discipline is required, along with relevant experience working as a laboratorian or research scientist in a biological laboratory. Â
Demonstrated teamwork, customer service, and decision-making skills, ability to foster collegial and cooperative relationships with co-workers and customers.
Requires exceptional written and oral communication skills in working with research departments, EH&S staff, and regulatory agencies.
Must be able to manage time and priorities effectively.
Able to wear negative and positive respirators, and personal protective equipment. Maintain medical clearance to work in biohazard high containment laboratoriesÂ
Minimum Education: Master's degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 yearsCombined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Current knowledge and understanding of federal, state and local laws, regulations andstandards for the disposition and use of biohazardous agents in biomedical laboratory andanimal research facilities. Ability to work independently and to organize and prioritize workassignments. Working knowledge of biomedical laboratory methods, procedures,techniques, facilities, and equipment. Knowledge of recombinant DNA, microbial animaland human pathogens, and biotoxins. Skill in examining and evaluating operations anddeveloping and/or re-engineering operating strategies, systems,
Internal Number: REQ20092338
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