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Open Position: Assistant Biosafety Officer @ University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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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.).

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

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:

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