Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Biosafety Officer for the department of Environmental Health & Safety Services for Institutional Planning & Operations.
The Biosafety Officer is the designated official to ensure compliance with various laws, regulations, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures in laboratories and other settings where biological and chemical hazards may be present. The position supports researchers and others in developing standard operating procedures and protocols for research, maintains and updates the Biosafety Manual, and works to create consistency across plans and procedures. The Biosafety Officer maintains and participates in constructive and positive communications, and works with the University’s Laboratory Safety Committees, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC), and Institutional Research Boards (IRB) to ensure compliance with the National Institute of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other standards for recombinant DNA and vaccine research, as well as other applicable laboratory safety regulations or guidelines. The position reviews research protocols and activities, conducts periodic inspections of research facilities, and is responsible for reporting significant problems and violations of applicable laboratory safety and biosafety requirements, The Biosafety Officer is a leader within the department and institution.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Identifies and evaluates occupational exposures as well as hazardous conditions in laboratories and related premises.
Recommends controls to eliminate and/or minimize employee health risks in laboratories and related premises.
Performs surveys/audits of laboratories and practices to ensure appropriate health and safety practices, chemical storage, management and disposal, and chemical hood operation. Assists, as appropriate and necessary, with matters related to clinical infection control by providing technical support with regards to appropriate disinfectant and decontamination procedures.
Serves as a resource to University schools, patient care and animal care facilities on matters relevant to biosafety, including recombinant DNA issues, novel vectors, and emerging pathogens. Maintains a database of recombinant DNA experiments as well as micro-organisms in use as they are registered with the appropriate University committees.
Works with architects, contractors, facility engineers, and investigators on matters associated with the design of new or renovated laboratory facilities. Assists with certification and commissioning of laboratories.
Provides emergency response services, during off hours, to include ensuring that appropriate actions are taken to protect the health and safety of personnel, minimize the impact on the environment, and control damage to university property; assists with the maintenance and inspection of emergency response and industrial hygiene equipment.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Industrial Hygiene and Safety or other related science.
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience with a minimum of three (3) years of experience in the field of biological or laboratory safety.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of laboratory safety practices and equipment including appropriate use of hoods and laboratory ventilation, personal protective equipment, and chemical safety and storage.
Demonstrated ability to respond to emergencies and critical situations appropriately in a research setting.
Ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations, along with superior oral presentation and other communications skills.
Use of the Internet for research purposes, and experience with computers (email, desktop software applications such as Office, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects.
Must be able to walk/stand for extended periods of time, wear Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) up to Level A, and provide emergency response services, as needed (including rotating on-call/off-hours services).
Candidate must successfully complete a security risk assessment by the U.S. Department of Justice and be approved for access to select biological agents and toxins by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a condition of employment.
Posting Number: 18ST2288
Location: Newark (RBHS)
Internal Number: 70824
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.