BIOSAFETY OFFICER A/B
Duties: Under the limited direction of the Associate Director for Biological Safety Programs / Institutional Biosafety Officer, perform duties of an Assistant/Associate Biological Safety Officer (Biosafety Officer). The Assistant/Associate Biosafety Officer provides technical guidance to faculty and staff regarding equipment, facilities and work practices for protection of personnel, laboratories and environment from biological hazards; Reviews experimental design, protocols and procedures and conducts risk assessments; Provides oversight and training for ABSL-3 and/or BSL-3 research programs; Reviews research grant applications, proposals, and activities involving hazardous materials and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid (rsNA) research to ensure safe practices in support of the University's IACUC, IBC and IRB; Participates in biological safety training for faculty, staff and students; Inspects research facilities for compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to use, handling, and disposal of potential biohazards and rsNA; Investigates accidents in regards to Biosafety issues and develops corrective action plans; Develops and implements emergency response procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and materials; Responds (on call) to hazardous materials incidents as appropriate and consults on research laboratory operations and security.
Qualifications: Biosafety Officer A position requires BA/BS in a biological science with a minimum of 3-5 years of hands on experience in a research laboratory and 0-3 years of experience in the field of biological safety preferably in a biomedical research facility.
Biosafety Officer B position requires a Masters Degree in biological science (i.e., microbiology, bacteriology, virology etc.) or related field, possessing documented Microbiology training and work experience in addition to 5 - 7 years hands-on experience in a research laboratory or related combination of education and experience; 5 years or more experience in the field of biological safety in a biomedical research facility; Experience with molecular biology techniques; Experience working in or supervising BSL-3 containment research; Experience working with select agents or managing select agents research is strongly preferred; Documented evidence of training program development.
Certification or eligible for certification by ABSA (RBP or CBSP) is strongly preferred; Working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines; excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills; Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications. Special Requirements: The abilities to respond and move rapidly and frequently without restrictions, transport up to 30 pounds or more, and wear respiratory protection are required. A valid driver's license also is required. Any offer of as well as continued employment in the position may be contingent upon successful completion of a DOJ/FBI Security Risk Assessment for individuals seeking access to select biological agents and toxins, and receipt and maintenance of appropriate clearance in connection with the same.
Reference Number: 83-27660
Salary Grade: 027/028
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: Environmental Health and Safety
Job Family: J-Technical/Professional Medicine/Health