Lab Safety Officer

Washington D.C., United States
Feb 28, 2014
Job Location Ross Hall - 2300 I Street NW - FB0035
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
Division/Vice President: Vice President for Research (OVPR)
College/School/Department: Not Applicable

Internal Applicants Only? No
Position Type: Administrative/Professional
Posting Number: Staff - 003246
Working Title: Lab Safety Officer
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday
Total Hours Per Week: 40
Pay Grade: 0
Recruitment Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry Search, and Prior Employment Verification
If other was selected above, or there are special requirements, please explain.
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Telework: No
Job Open Date: 02/27/2014
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Applicant Review Will Commence On:

Ad Statement:

Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

Job Description Summary:

Serves as Biosafety Officer and Radiation Safety Officer at the George Washington University. The Laboratory Safety Officer directs and oversees the laboratory safety program at GW. She/he is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, management and supervision of a comprehensive laboratory biohazard control and radiation safety program.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in microbiology or bioscience discipline or a relevant field and a minimum of six years of responsible laboratory safety experience, to include experience in environmental health and safety, compliance and regulatory affairs is necessary. Certification in safety, industrial health or equivalent is necessary.

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should have a graduate degree (i.e., Masters or Ph. D.) in microbiology or bioscience discipline, and several years of experience involving the coordination and management of a biosafety program. The candidate should have experience conducting inspections and interpreting and applying federal regulations and standards; assessing risk and recommending corrective actions; developing and presenting training programs for diverse populations; knowledge of biosafety and biosecurity principles, policies, and procedures; knowledge of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines)., Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories guidelines, the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and other relevant laws, regulations, and practices. Applicants must take initiative and build productive relationships with Department Chairs, Principal Investigators and Laboratory Managers. Self-motivation in approaching work duties is a key, as well as critical thinking and solid judgment to problem solving. Preference will be given to candidates who have obtained or are eligible for credentialing as a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) through the American Biological Safety Association and NRCM. Desired is fundamental knowledge in radiation safety and willingness to acquire further knowledge on the subject while performing the job duties. Previous laboratory work with radioactive materials will be a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Job Duties
  • Oversees the organization and maintenance of all records for the various safety programs in the Office of Laboratory Safety, including storage of sensitive, official use only and other secure information as well as the website and database. Manages, updates and enforces GW's safety standards for all laboratories. Serves as Biosafety Officer and Radiation Safety Officer. This includes editing program documents, auditing laboratories, maintaining documentation, ensuring compliance with CDC, NIH, NRC and OSHA requirements, monitoring and surveying areas of use, overseeing the calibration and testing of instruments, conducting source leak testing, monitoring waste storage and disposal, developing emergency response procedures and supervising the decontamination and decommissioning Implements personnel monitoring program, bioassay and air monitoring program, exposure review and initiate any necessary corrective actions.

  • Administers and coordinates, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Working with IBC Chair, on initial review of protocols and assigning primary reviewer. Serves as the biological safety expert on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Supports principal investigators in preparation of their protocols for IBC submission. In addition to determining compliance with rules, regulations, license requirements and the conditions of the policies of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), provides this information to individuals at all levels of responsibility. Performs preliminary review of proposed new uses and users or RAM prior to discussing the proposal with the RSC.

  • Exclusively provides training for all University personnel working with biological and radioactive materials, recombinant DNA or potentially infectious materials, including but not limited to researchers, facilities and housekeeping staff, GWPD and IBC members. Acts as an outreach resource to researchers working with pathogens, select agents, and radioactive materials (RAM) and recombinant DNA for establishing SOPs, lab procedures, compliance questions and hazard risk assessment.

  • Manages and/or supports various special projects involving the BSL2+/3 facility, irradiator facility and other laboratory renovations and construction.

  • Directs biological and radiation safety during emergencies and planned special events at the University. Initiates emergency action for accidents, spills, losses thefts and other deviation from approved radiation or biological safety practice, including implementing corrective actions and investigating abnormal events.

  • Coordinates bio-safety and radiation safety certifications, decontaminations and moves. Acts as a resource to aid new controlled substance licensees apply for and stay in compliance with controlled substance regulations, both federal and local. Maintains oversight of ordering, receipt, surveys, delivery and overall inventory of RAM and by product material.

  • Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you have any biosafety or radiation safety experience? Please discuss in detail.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.