Associate Biosafety Officer

Irvine, Orange County
Mar 14, 2014
Department: Environ Health & Safety Office
Req No.: 2014-0143
Location: UCI Campus - Irvine

Job Summary

Under the General Direction of the Biosafety Officer, this incumbent designs, develops, implements, and maintains significant portions of a comprehensive Biosafety program at a major research University.


Salary: Range $56,200.00 - $73,341.00

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Career Position.

Final candidate subject to background check.

As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

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Job Description
Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 80%
Works with teaching laboratories to ensure biosafety practices are utilized appropriately.
Provide technical and regulatory advice to the research community.Serves as alternate responsible official.
Conducts independent review of research protocols;
Performs comprehensive biosafety survey/audits.
Consults with laboratory directors and staff to implement biosafety practices and procedures.
Works closely with laboratory staff to ensure the proper handling, storage, and disposal of biohazardous materials.
Actively facilitates laboratory compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations; responds to and assists with the mitigation of emergencies and spills involving biohazardous materials.
Designs, develops and provides formal and informal training to individuals and groups regarding the biosafety program elements.
Job Essential Function 2
Percent of Time: 10%
Direct and coordinate new biosafety related training programs University-wide as needed.
Serves as active member and participant of EH&S safety training team.
Job Essential Function 3
Percent of Time: 5%
Schedule and conduct independent general laboratory safety surveys.
Identify and evaluate a wide variety of potential hazards
(chemical, biological, seismic, fire safety, environmental and general safety) in the work place.
Provide written response to Principal Investigators identifying survey findings and abatement recommendations.  Follow up as needed.
Job Essential Function 4
Percent of Time: 5%
Respond to biohazard and chemical spills, both during business hours and on- call basis. Assess the situation, provide recommendations for handling and disposal and/or assist with clean up if necessary.
Carry out any additional assignments or special projects as deemed necessary by the Biosafety Officer.
Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology, microbiology, virology, industrial hygiene, environmental science, or a related discipline and 2 years  experience in biosafety or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of regulations covering transport of biological materials (domestic transfer, import/export controls).
Experience in biosafety, lab safety and/or animal research safety.
Extensive familiarity with research laboratory procedures in the following areas:  recombinant DNA technology, genetics, infectious agents, and genetic engineering.
Ability to perform reviews of biosafety proposals involving the use of infectious agents, recombinant DNA,  Bloodborne pathogens, aerosol transmissible diseases.
Demonstrated experience in a biomedical research laboratory environment.
Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and present training programs to individuals and groups.
Demonstrated strong organizational and follow-through skills with experience and abilities to organize and schedule a demanding workload to complete tasks effectively and efficiently.
Demonstrated ability to maintain clear, accurate, and up-to-date records.
Knowledge of Federal, State, and local regulations pertaining to biohazardous waste handling, storage, and disposal.  
Knowledge of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for biosafety as they apply to infectious agents, recombinant DNA, and Bloodborne pathogens.
Education and Experience:
Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to deal effectively with people in a wide variety of job classifications including those willing to accept occupational health and safety ideas as well as those opposed.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience to use a variety of computer programs and applications.
Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise technical reports.
Ability to apply the concepts of biosafety, including criteria for establishing biosafety containment levels, to various research and laboratory applications.
Experience in working with high containment laboratories where select agents are used.
Experience conducting risk assessments and developing risk assessment tools for safety practices, exposure control, post exposure response and applicable occupational health issues.
Ability to evaluate the workplace situations for safe handling, storage, use, or disposal of biohazardous and other hazardous materials.
Ability to develop a strong rapport with academic personnel to thoroughly evaluate research projects and develop creative solutions to unique and often complex problems.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Able to complete Department of Justice screening for Select Agent Registration.
Masters degree in biology, microbiology or related biological science.
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.
In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.
Bend: Frequently
Squat: Frequently
Crawl: Occasionally
Climb: Occasionally
Kneel: Frequently
Handle Objects: Frequently
Push/Pull: Frequently
Reach Above Shoulder Level: Frequently
Sit: Frequently
Stand: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Use Fine Finger Movements: Not Applicable
Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Frequently
Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Occasionally
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Occasionally
Read/Comprehend: Constantly
Write: Frequently
Perform Calculations: Frequently
Communicate Orally: Frequently
Reason and Analyze: Frequently
Chemical/Biological Agent: Frequently
Construction Activities: Occasionally
Contact with Water/Liquids: Occasionally
Drive Motorized Equipment: Frequently
Confined Spaces: Occasionally
Elevated Work Location: Occasionally
Radioactive Materials: Occasionally
Temperature Variations: Occasionally
Gas System: Occasionally
Other Working Conditions:
Must be able to pass a medical exam to wear a respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Must possess a valid California Driver s License and participate in the DMV Employee Pull Notice program.