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In collaboration with the Director of Biocontainment Operations, provide general operational support for Biosafety Level Three (BSL-3) and Animal BSL-3 (ABSL-3) activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and routine activities related to compliance with Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) requirements in BSL-3 and ABSL-3 facilities at the CVM (Activities related to FSAP compliance will be performed in coordination with, and subject to the approval of, the University Responsible Official and Alternate Responsible Official).Provide FSAP and safety training for new BSL-3 personnel, and related training and supervision of visiting BSL-3 researchers.Assist with the general management, operation, inspection, and testing of the A/BSL-3 facilities at the CVM, and coordinate associated document and records management activities.Operate BSL-3 autoclaves, transport treated waste to the CVM Waste Management Facility, and perform all associated monitoring and recordkeeping for regulatory compliance. Conduct routine BSL-3 autoclave testing to ensure compliance with University, State and Federal regulations.Will work in areas where there is potential for contact with highly infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, high temperatures, and necropsied animals.Strict adherence with and enforcement of safety procedures required.Will be required to wear respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods of time.Will work with contractors, trades persons and equipment technicians on a periodic basis.
Bachelor's degree in microbiology or related field with 3 years demonstrated experience working in a laboratory setting with infectious agents and hazardous chemicals. Must be able to wear respirators and other PPE for extended periods, and follow procedures for medical waste disposal, facility disinfection, and related safety issues. Demonstrated experience training and escorting other personnel in biohazardous environments. Demonstrated experience with maintaining regulatory compliance records. Working computer knowledge, including electronic mail, web, and Microsoft Office applications. Good verbal and written communication skills required. Concentration and strong attention to detail essential. Must be able to pass FBI Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment (SRA) as required by the CDC/USDA select agent program. Must be able to be medically cleared for wearing respirators and able to participate in regular medical monitoring for various infectious agents. Must have a valid NYS Driver's license (or the ability to obtain one within 1 year) and a good driving record.
Experience working in BSL-3 facilities preferred.Experience working with Select Agents and associated regulatory issues preferred. Knowledge of autoclave operation, biosecurity, fumigation, and disinfection preferred. Experience with training others for working with biohazards, wearing PPE, and responding to biohazard spills preferred.Current rabies vaccination preferred.
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