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Biosafety Officer

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #121
Friday, June 5, 2020

Job Summary

Under the supervision and direction of the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) the Biosafety Officer provides Institutional Biosafety Support for a comprehensive, Institute-wide Biosafety Program to assure regulatory compliance and protection of faculty, staff, visitors, and the community.


This position must exercise significant judgment, discretion, risk management, and professional expertise in the interpretation and application of federal, state, local, and Institute policies, protocols, and regulations.  This position is responsible for the review and approval of complex research projects which may involve significant hazards, and which require compliance with many complex regulations, such as NIH, CDC, and funding sponsor driven environmental health, and safety specifications. This position has authority on behalf of the IBC and requires significant coordination with Human Subjects Committee, IACUC, and other Institutional committees and authorities.


This position is responsible for maintaining a compliant and effective Biosafety Program as well as implementing processes. Compliance with guidelines governing recombinant DNA and infectious agents is critical to the protection of the community, public and employee health, as well as the protection of the Institute’s image. The Biosafety officer is integral to this compliance.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

·       Reviews and assesses research protocols involving the use of biological material, laboratory operations and facilities and construction/renovation plans for all aspects of biosafety. Provides feedback and assists investigators with research proposals involving biological materials. Advises Institute Faculty, Administration and the Research Personnel of trends in the area of biological safety and the impact of regulations and standards.

·       Responds to laboratory and facility emergencies; conducts incident investigations, conducts laboratory assessments, and provides incident reports; develops and implements corrective action measures as needed. Serves as a first responder to emergency situations involving biological and hazardous materials. Coordinates efforts related to the Institute’s emergency notification system. Manages and directs the biomedical waste disposal and maintains the associated record keeping.

·       Develops and presents biological and safety training and education programs to Institute personnel, contractors and visitors as necessary.

·       Helps to coordinate the activities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and serves as a voting member. Provides technical expertise to assigned committees and programs as needed. Prepares technical reports and program outcome measurements. Supervises Laboratory Support Services staff and others as assigned.

·       Manages the Institute’s BSL-3 laboratory.  Develops trainings, policies and procedures for work in high containment. Organizes annual training exercises.  Coordinates with off-site emergency responders as necessary.

·       Performs other professional related duties as assigned or requested.

·       Disclaimer:  This position requires a high-level job definition. This description is not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive list of job duties. As such, job duties and/or responsibilities within the context of this job requisition may change at the discretion the employee’s direct supervisor.

Leveling Requirements

4-6 years experience in a biomedical research setting.  Bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences and two years of professional experience in the field of laboratory biosafety and/or equivalent experience/training. Demonstrated teamwork, client service, and decision-making skills, ability to foster collegial and cooperative relationships with co-workers and clients. Requires exceptional written and oral communication skills in working with administrators, employees, research departments, health and safety staff, and regulatory agencies. Must be able to manage time and priorities effectively.  Able to wear negative and positive respirators, and personal protective equipment.  Maintain medical clearance to work in biohazard high containment laboratories


Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional certification and/or degree in public health, microbiology or other biological discipline and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) or Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or preparing to become a CIH, CBSP, or RBP.
  • Experience in high containment laboratory.



·       Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time.

·       Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

·       Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds.

·       Must be able to use and work on step stool/ladder.

·       Must have manual dexterity in both hands.

·       Must be able to bend down and/or stoop repeatedly through out the workday.

·       Must be able to push and pull carts that could weigh 300lbs.

·       Must be able to open doors and pull loaded supply carts through.

·       Available to be on call for 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies. 

·       Pre-employment fitness for duty medical exam required.


Other details

  • Job Function GA
  • Pay Type Salary
  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA