The Chemical Safety Officer for the Office of Research Safety is responsible for providing input into University-wide chemical safety standards, policies, and procedures as a key member of the research safety community in addition to providing input on the allocation of roles and responsibilities for chemical hygiene between the Office of Research Safety, Environmental Health and Safety (Hyde Park campus and the UC Medical Center), the divisional Laboratory Safety Specialists and laboratory research teams. The Chemical Safety Officer is responsible for managing and providing technical guidance, training, and inspective/risk analysis of the University of Chicago’s Chemical Hygiene Plan to ensure a safe environment in which to facilitate research and the pursuit of academic excellence. Chemical Safety includes the delivery of chemical hygiene services to all facilities involved in research for both laboratories and lab support areas. The Chemical Safety Officer reports to the Associate Vice-President of the Office of Research Safety.
Title: Assistant Biosafety Officer
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Application Review Date: 10/24/2019
Posting will be open until filled
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Managerial/Professional
Assist the Biosafety Officer to design, implement, administer, maintain, and oversee UNL’s program for research involving biological agents, including high consequence pathogens and select agents, as well as clinical and teaching operations involving pathogens. Assume all duties of the Biosafety Officer in his/her absence. Provide technical consultation to Principal Investigators to conduct risk assessments for work with biological agents, establish appropriate controls, and prepare and maintain Institutional Biosafety Committee protocol registration documents. Administer and maintain UNL’s Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Program. Serve as an Alternate Responsible Official for the UNL Select Agent program. Develop and maintain biosafety-related classroom and online training courses. Review construction designs for laboratories and advise architects/engineers on design recommendations to enhance safety. Participate in multi-disciplinary teams that conduct work activity reviews, safety inspections, accident investigations, and other special projects. Provide day-to-day leadership of supporting staff. Collaborate with other Senior staff to achieve and maintain departmental objectives and goals. Apply expertise to complex operations and/or regulatory requirements that may impact multiple EHS functional units (e.g., biosafety, radiation safety, environmental protection, etc.).
Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology/Genetics, or related science, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, or similar degree program plus 3 years of experience implementing biosafety programs of similar nature and scope as UNL’s required. Broad knowledge of and proven ability to apply biosafety and EHS principles, theories, and concepts to provide creative solutions to complex problems necessary. In-depth knowledge of regulations and industry standards related to biosafety (e.g., NIH Guidelines, BMBL, etc.) essential. Must have familiarity with the Centers for Disease Control and/or United States Department of Agriculture policies regarding research with infectious diseases. Ability to develop, implement, maintain, and monitor biosafety programs and general laboratory safety programs and initiatives, including development and execution of training, written procedures and policies, conducting inspections and risk assessments required. Leadership, organizational, and communication (oral and written) skills necessary. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities necessary. Must have ability to apply knowledge of NIH and other industry standards and regulations to unique operations and situations. Ability to formulate and document individualized and complex reports regarding unique operations essential. Ability to maintain meticulous records to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements required. Ability to physically inspect laboratories and other areas to accurately assess compliance status necessary Proficient with basic computer skills essential. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Master’s degree in Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology/Genetics, or related science, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, or similar degree program preferred. Professional experience at an institution of higher education, and in other EHS disciplines desirable. Supervisory/leadership experience helpful. Prefer experience working in a BSL-2 or BSL-3 containment research facility. General knowledge of other EHS disciplines preferred. Knowledge and experience related to transport and import/export license requirements helpful. Certified Biosafety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, or other related professional certification preferred.
Must apply through UNL employment website to be considered: https://employment.unl.edu/postings/66864