Chief Safety Officer, Research Compliance, Research Safety

Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 12, 2018
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Health & Medical
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Four-Year Institution

CHIEF SAFETY OFFICER, Research Compliance, Research Safety


Tracking Code 8933/G2817 Job Description

The Chief Safety Officer (CSO) is responsible for the coordination and oversight of safety within the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL).  The CSO’s NEIDL activities, roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the oversight of the overall NEIDL safety programs, including the BSL-2, 3 and 4 laboratories; ensuring that safety programs are all developed, implemented, maintained and followed; work with NEIDL leadership, cores and support divisions to implement integrated health and safety concepts into processes and the strong culture of safety; assist the institutional safety committees including the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Laboratory Safety Committee and Radiation Safety Committee develop policies and procedures to promote safety at the NEIDL. The position is also responsible for the implementation and oversight of Select Agent inspections, inventory, and security, acting as the Select Agent Responsible Official (RO).  The CSO ensures delivery of safety services to all students, faculty, and staff in the NEIDL.


This position works closely with the other divisions of BU Environmental Health & Safety to ensure consistency in all program areas, and reports to the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance.


Required Skills

Minimum of 5 years of related leadership and safety experience in an academic environment and Master’s degree in the sciences required.

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) is part of a national network of secure facilities that study infectious diseases – whether they occur naturally or are introduced deliberately through bioterrorism. The NEIDL is dedicated to the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. In addition to Bio Safety Level (BSL)-2 and BSL-3 laboratories, the NEIDL houses BSL-4 laboratories that will operate at the highest level of containment. The NEIDL will add to the growing life sciences industry in the region, throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and across the country.

Individuals seeking affiliation with or employment within the NEIDL may be subject to the following suitability requirements. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in ineligibility for employment or affiliation:

  • Criminal Background Check:To be completed in accordance with BU Public Safety guidelines and all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Basic Background Check:Includes, but is not limited to, verification of:
    • Social Security Number;
    • Academic credentials;
    • Past employment;
    • Licenses and credentials;
    • Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI) check;
    • Credit history check;
    • RMV/DMV driving record, if required.
  • Medical Clearance Process:includes Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) evaluation, drug screening, initial psychological screening, and immunization/titer level review completed in accordance with NEIDL Medical Surveillance Policy for all employees working at the NEIDL.
  • Training and Education:to be completed in accordance with Section 8, Ongoing Personnel Reliability Program, for all employees working at the NEIDL.

Individuals seeking or required to have approval to work with Select Agents will be subject to the following additional requirements:

  • Department of Justice Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting:To be completed in accordance with CDC requirements as part of application to have access to Select Agents.
  • Select Agent Use Approval:to be completed in accordance with all regulations including the requirements of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Please note, any individual working in the NEIDL facility and granted unescorted access, is subject to

  • periodic background reviews, including but not limited to: criminal background, credit history, drug screening, and behavioral evaluations;
  • periodic checks and regular renewals of security credentials, any applicable licenses, and verification of the successful completion of any required training at the facility
  • Search of person, clothing and effects prior to entry into or egress from NEIDL

When applicable, individuals will be required to maintain all applicable clearances and licenses and to disclose any changes in circumstances that could compromise access to the facility.

Continued employment/ affiliation is contingent upon strict adherence, at all times, to all applicable safety and security rules, procedures, and protocols, as well as required training regimens.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.