Position Title: Biosafety Leader

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Department: Environmental Health & Safety (UA-ENHS-IUINA)

Job Type: Full Time

Salary/Grade: This is an exempt position with an annualized salary of $75,000

Job Summary:

  • Provides day-to-day operational management of biosafety staff; assists investigators, as needed, with all matters related to biosafety regulation interpretation for biological agents and rDNA shipping requirements, biocontainment practices, risk assessment, work procedures and practices, emergency procedures, decontamination and disinfection procedures, appropriate use of PPE and maintenance of containment equipment.
  • Develops training materials and provides training, as necessary, to promote university compliance; directs investigators, staff, students and new faculty members with all procedures, guidelines, and risk assessments related to biosafety.
  • Administers the Bloodborne Pathogens Program and identifies operational issues and/or areas of improvement and implements solutions to improve processes and/or operational efficiency.
  • Analyzes, monitors, and evaluates performance of assigned staff; establishes work priorities, conducts performance reviews, andprovides corrective action as needed.
  • Provides supervision, guidance, and assistance, as needed, to the Assistant Biosafety Officer and Biosafety Specialist in conducting and implementing annual laboratory biosafety audits, training, and implementation of policies; impacts, and is held accountable for, the performance of team and/or assigned staff.
  • Ensures and provides training to assigned staff to improve biosafety program operations; researches and identifies development opportunities for assigned staff.
  • Responds to and evaluates the health regulatory consequences of all emergencies or incidents involving biohazardous materials; keeps next-level leader(s) informed of trends as well as significant problems.
  • Serves on specialized committees (IBC, IACUC, etc.) requiring Biosafety expertise; provides guidance for lab design during new construction and renovations; reviews and approves protocols, as appropriate.
  • Serves as the Responsible Official (RO) under federal regulations that govern certain agents and toxins requiring federal registration to possess and use; oversees and manages plans that must be in place under these regulatory requirements and enforces steps to achieve compliance.




  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in microbiology, biology, public health, or related field)


  • Master’s degree
  • Ph.D.



  • 5 years in development and administration of a comprehensive biological safety program


  • Experience in higher education/academic environment

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered



  • Valid driver’s license and ability to be insured by Indiana University upon date of hire
  • USDOJ security clearance upon date of hire


  • CIH – Certified Industrial Hygienist (American Board of Industrial Hygiene) upon date of hire
  • CSP – Certified Safety Professional (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) upon date of hire
  • CBSP – Certified Biosafety Professional (American Biological Safety Association) upon date of hire



  • Demonstrates problem solving skills
  • Proficient communication skills
  • Excellent collaboration and team building skills
  • Builds and manages effective teams
  • Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback
  • Instills commitment to organizational goals
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Experience in a regulated environment
  • Ability to serve as institution’s Responsible Official (RO) related to Select Agents and Toxins (requires US Department of Justice security clearance and background check)

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to remain in a stationary position as well as the ability to move about the workplace for long durations. It requires effective communication, the ability to operate machinery, tools, and controls. The role requires the ability to ascend/descend ladders/stairs, and to position one’s self in low level positions, detect a variety of chemicals and/or gases. The role requires the ability to ascend to rooftops and move in tight spaces to perform and complete inspections. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Benefits Overview

Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

More details about the position can be found in the online job listing.

Please apply online https://hrms.indiana.edu/psp/PH1PRD_PUB/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=303041&PostingSeq=1

See Job ID 303041 https://hrms.indiana.edu/