Biological Safety Officer
Department: Environment, Health & Safety - Historical
Position Summary: This position will lead the Biological Safety Section of the EHS organization and serve as the University's Biosafety Officer. This position will plan and implement a comprehensive biosafety program to support the University's mission of research and teaching. The position will have responsibility to assess risks pertaining to infectious agents and biological toxins; review of research proposals to protect environment, health and safety; train laboratory personnel in biosafety principles; coordinate activities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); address new concerns relating to UNC research programs in emerging pathogens, select agents and biotechnology, and general surveillance to ensure compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations pertaining to biological hazards.
Education Requirements: Minimum requirements are BS BA degree with 7 years experience in Industrial Hygiene Biological Safety and certification as a Biological Safety Professional or a Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene, Microbiology or related field with 5 years experience and the noted Biological Safety Professional Certification.
Qualification and Experience: An applicant should have a strong background in one of a number of related areas, such as microbiology, infectious disease or molecular biology (recombinant DNA). Knowledge of containment standards and engineering is highly desirable. A minimum of at least 5 years of progressively responsible and closely related experience in Biological Safety is required. In addition, this position requires strong oral and written communication skills, and good interpersonal skills.
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