In this role, you will provide expert support to internal staff in anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling biosafety, chemical, and physical hazards. Reporting to EHS Division H&S Research Support Management, you will provide biosafety and related occupational safety and health expertise that helps the Lab provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees.
What Will You Do:
Serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for all matters related to biosafety, including supporting the Biosafety Officer and overall institutional Biosafety Program implementation.
Support the Berkeley Lab Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), including reviewing research protocols.
Conduct risk assessments of biological materials and assist researchers in developing work authorizations for biological research activities such as cell lines/tissues, recombinant materials and techniques, biological agents, and toxins.
Support emerging biological research trends for field studies that are not conducted in laboratory settings.
Evaluate laboratory facilities for containment levels and safe operating procedures.
Conduct on-site evaluations of research processes and provide consultation to researchers on their potential(s) for exposure to biological, chemical, and physical agents.
In coordination with the Ventilation Program SME, evaluate and document biosafety cabinets to ensure that they are certified, maintained, and properly utilized by research and operations personnel.
Serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for matters relating to bloodborne pathogens and as overall institutional "owner" of bloodborne pathogens safety at LBNL.
Provide technical direction and consultation on implementation of Biosafety Program-specific elements.
Partner with Health Services in identifying employees who should be included in medical surveillance programs.
Oversee technical assurance for Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogens Programs.
Serve as the SME and point of contact for food sanitation, including participating in periodic cafeteria inspections performed by a registered sanitarian.
Consult on technical issues in the areas of biosafety, industrial hygiene, and occupational safety, and assist in hazard identification, hazard evaluation, and the development of controls appropriate to the work being performed.
Participate in multi-disciplinary teams that conduct work activity reviews, safety inspections, self-assessments, accident investigations, and special projects.
Develop and implement exposure assessment plans.
Provide essential support services during localized or sitewide emergencies, including those that relate directly to the health, safety, and welfare of the Lab, ensure continuity of key operations, and maintain and protect Lab properties.
What is Required:
A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) field and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in participating on interdisciplinary ES&H teams and in developing and presenting technical reports and briefings.
Broad knowledge of and proven ability to apply biosafety and ES&H principles, theories, and concepts to provide creative solutions to complex problems and develop mechanisms for measuring results.
Ability to develop, implement, maintain, and monitor biosafety programs and general ES&H programs and initiatives, including development and execution of training, writing procedures, and conducting inspections and exposure assessments in laboratory and technical areas.
Ability to apply knowledge of NIH, OSHA, DOE, ANSI and other pertinent federal, state, and local regulations, standards, and guidelines.
Proficiency with standard business software, including word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills with the ability to interface with internal and external stakeholders with professionalism, sensitivity, and diplomacy.
Ability to physically inspect all Lab work areas, including shops, construction sites, laboratories, office areas, outside areas, etc.
Ability to perform the physical requirements of this position including field activity involving: minor lifting (up to 25 pounds); frequent standing and walking; moving in confined spaces; climbing stairs; inspecting equipment requiring reaching with hands and arms and use of hands to handle or feel; frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
Ability to work in all weather conditions.
What We Desire:
Advanced graduate degree in an area closely associated with Biosafety.
Experience working in a biomedical research laboratory.
Solid knowledge base in recombinant DNA techniques, genetics, cell biology, etc.
Experience with import/export programs (e.g., USDA, CDC).
Experience working in a DOE environment.
Professional certification, registration, or equivalent.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), Career appointment.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.