The purpose of this position is to ensure the safe use of campus biological agents, recombinant DNA and biohazards in accordance with CalOSHA, NIH Guidelines and other applicable regulations. This position will also be responsible for chairing the Institutional Biosafety Committee and will review and approve biological use authorizations (BUA) campus wide. This position provides support to other laboratory safety programs across multiple colleges to promote the safety of faculty, staff and students.
- Serves as the Campus Biosafety Officer (BSO), ensuring the safe use of campus bioagents and biohazards.
- Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in biosafety.
- Serves as the primary point person for communications and documentation of the biosafety program including but not limited to ensuring the EH&S Biosafety Program provides guidance that is helpful and current, and periodically communicating with BUA holders regarding their BUA/training status, monitoring biosafety cabinet certification, review of relevant new equipment purchases and placement, monitoring Material Transfer Agreements, and other relevant information.
- Performs technical work, and conducts sampling and/or monitoring related to field(s) of expertise.
- Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures
- Work with researchers/principal investigators to prepare Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) for laboratories that work with toxins and/or human or nonhuman blood, body fluids, tissues, cell or cell lines, recombinant DNA, plant and animal pathogens, and transgenic species to ensure compliance with CDC, NIH and other applicable university, federal and state regulations and requirements.
- Conducts periodic audits of agent inventory to verify BUA accuracy.
- Provides guidance to researchers in the field or laboratory regarding safe work practices.
- Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends corrective action as needed.
- Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data.
- Works on committees and assignments along with formal and informal coaching and mentoring and regular training, including conference attendance.
- Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.
- Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
- Knowledge of laboratory safety, including biosafety cabinet operation, fume hoods and laboratory ventilation, personal protective equipment, and chemical hazards.
- Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
- Demonstrated ability to respond to emergencies and critical situations appropriately in a research setting.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
- Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
- A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training
- Six years of administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs
- Bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences
- Advanced degree in public health, microbiology or other biological discipline and/or equivalent experience/training
- Professional certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) or Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or preparing to become a CIH, CBSP, or RBP
- 3-5 years of professional experience in the field of laboratory biosafety and/or equivalent experience/training
- 6 or more years of professional experience in the field of laboratory biosafety with a working title of Biosafety Officer
Classification: Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt III
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,322/month - $7,516/month
Hiring Range: $6,322/month - $12,285/month
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