Assistant Biological Safety Officer

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Job Title: Assistant Biological Safety Officer
Location: Augusta University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 225317

Minimum Requirements Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, physical sciences or related field of study and a minimum of one years' experience as a biosafety professionalOR Bachelor's degree in biological or physical sciences and two years' experience working in a biomedical laboratory with laboratory safety responsibilities.Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Ability to wear a respirator
  • Ability to work with research animals
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and multi-task
  • Ability to work with hazardous materials/chemicals
  • Ability to prioritize and manage conflicting deadlines
  • Vaccinations as required to support on-going research
  • 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) training
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases
  • Ability to work independently, perform well under pressure, meet deadlines and exercise good judgement
  • Ability to meet CDC and Department of Justice requirements as a Responsible Official with access to select agents
  • Knowledge of molecular biology (recombinant DNA), microbiology, and immunology and associates laboraty techniques
Responsibilities Under the direction of the Manager, Biosafety Programs, the Assistant Biosafety Officer (ABSO) assists in the management of the Biosafety Program, Blood-borne Pathogen Program, Select Agents and Toxins Program, and the Biosafety Education and Training Program. The ABSO conducts inspections for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, applicable consensus standards, and Environmental Health and Safety policy. Specific areas of activity include NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA, Public Health Service Regulations, FDA regulations, and OSHA regulations. The ABSO responds to and assists with the mitigation of emergencies and spills, investigates accidents/incidents involving biological materials, and delivers formal and informal education and training. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Biosafety Program Management: Consult with Principle Investigator regarding mitigation of biological hazards, methods for maintaining compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic DNA Molecules, Select Agents and Toxins regulations, Biosafety in Microbiological Biomedical Laboratories, and biohazard waste disposal. Develop, recommend, implement, review and revise university policies and procedures regarding biosafety principles and practices. Track and coordinate annual inspections for Biosafety Level 1 and 2 (BSL 1 and BSL 2) laboratories to ensure that standards are rigorously followed, and corrective measures are implemented. Certify shipments of biological materials from the university. Collect, package, label, transport, and dispose biological waste. Prepare reports, manuals, procedures, and other documentation in support of the biosafety program. Maintain biosafety database systems;
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee Administration: Receive and review research proposals involving biohazardous materials; develop and present associated risk assessments and recommendations for hazard mitigation, including biological material containment requirements. Develop, recommend, implement, review and revise university policies regarding the use of recombinant or synthetic DNA. Develop and provide on-going committee meeting agendas, communications with research investigators, and meeting minutes. Serve as technical resource to Biosafety Committee;
  • Blood-borne Pathogen Program: Develop and deliver Blood-borne Pathogen Testing;
  • Select Agents and Toxins Program: Serve as the appointed Alternate Responsible Official for select agents and toxins. Monitor university compliance with select agents and toxins regulations. Track and approve shipments of select agents and toxins to and from the university. Advise on biosecurity measures;
  • Biosafety Education and Training: Informs and educates staff, students, and other constituencies regarding biosafety issues. Develops comprehensive biosafety educational programs for clinical/research laboratories. Conducts initial biosafety training; qualification training for the transport of biohazardous materials; blood-borne pathogens; and task-specific biosafety for facilities operations personnel, and environmental services personnel;
  • Technical Consultation: Provide guidance and input to Occupational Health program for faculty, staff, and students working with research animals. Provide guidance and input to project management staff regarding the design or renovation of facilities for containment of bio-hazardous materials. Assess construction work for biohazard controls by participating in the Pre-Construction Risk Assessment/Infection Control Risk Assessment meetings;
  • All other related tasks/duties as assigned.

Shift/Salary Shift: Full-Time/M-F Pay Grade: 18 Salary: $48,341/Annually - $54,051.84/Annually Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position Recruitment Period:Conditions of Employment All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.Driver's License Statement

The Human Resources Division will request a recent driver's history report from the selected candidate. This report must come from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the fee will be paid for by the candidate. This report will be required prior to an offer being extended by Human Resources and must be from the state(s) in which the candidate has lived in for the past three years.

Credit Check This position will require the acquisition of a P-Card and/or handle cash, credit or other sensitive information and will require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check as a condition of employment.Other Information This position is also responsible for promoting a customer friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner everyday with patients and families for success." Augusta University is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.




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Posted: 3/31/2021
Application Due: 6/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time