Biosafety Specialist 1, 50-100% FTE, Fixed-Term
BIOSAFETY SPECIALIST 1
Exempt, 50-100%; posted June 20, 2017
Fixed term from date of hire through August 31, 2018
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) supports and advances the teaching, learning, and research activities of Stanford University by providing and coordinating programs and services that foster a safe and healthy campus community. We are currently seeking an entry-level Biosafety Specialist to support the Biosafety and Biosecurity group within EH&S.
Please note: This is a fixed-term appointment through August 31, 2018. There is no guarantee that this position will continue after that time. This is a 50-100%-time position.
Reporting to the University's Biosafety & Biosecurity Manager, the Biosafety Specialist will support the on-going development and implementation of Stanford's Biosafety & Biosecurity program. He or she will assist in outreach, ensure understanding by researchers in working safely when using infectious agents and recombinant DNA, and assist in general laboratory safety assessments.
CORE DUTIES*: Serve as a liaison between members of the University who handle rDNA and/or infectious agents and the Biosafety & Biosecurity program.
Serve as point of contact with laboratories using life science materials but not approved for specialized work by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
After appropriate training, conduct Biosafety Specific Assessments of laboratories working at BSL-2 levels, to determine if proper procedures are in place, if project-specific trainings are needed, and if appropriate approvals have been obtained. Work with laboratory personnel and principal investigators to correct any deficiencies or unsafe practices.
After appropriate training, assist with incident follow-up events
Assist with Material Transfer Agreement assessments
Assist with accidental incident and exposure follow ups
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Advanced degree in a related scientific discipline and 5+ years of hands-on research in a molecular/cellular biology laboratory; Ph.D. preferred
Background in Microbiology and/or Virology a plus
Experience with animal research a plus
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
Basic understanding of biosafety principles and practices and related knowledge of pertinent scientific fields to which this background can be applied.
Other Required Skills - The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to encourage laboratory workers to bring up issues and questions without feeling vulnerable or ignorant, and the ability to maintain a positive and helpful attitude with a customer-centered focus with a wide variety of individuals.
Ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both individual situations and elements of the biosafety program. Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
Excellent communication skills in English and the ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations. Ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely
Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will
Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in accomplishing assigned tasks; pride in performing the job correctly and completely
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in a Windows-based environment
Required Certification and License
Valid non-commercial California Driver's License or willingness to obtain and maintain one
Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk-based computer tasks.
Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals
May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet.
When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu. Only applications submitted through the Stanford jobs site will be considered. Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. No sponsorship or relocation is available for this position
Job: Health and Safety
Location: Dean of Research
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.