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 implement the research/laboratory safety program. Apply expertise to complex operations and/or regulatory requirements that may impact multiple EHS functional units (e.g., biosafety, radiation safety, environmental protection, etc.).
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See: http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology/Genetics, or related science, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, or similar degree program plus 2 years of experience in biosafety 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 the 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.
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. General knowledge of mechanical systems and construction design for complex research facilities and associated hazard control techniques and principles helpful. Certified Biosafety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, or other related professional certification preferred.
Posted Salary: $60,000/yr. minimum
Job Type: Full-Time
Internal Number: 73353
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With over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a diverse educational insitution with international stature. The intellectual center for the state of Nebraska and beyond, we are a land-grant, top tier national research-extensive insitution. Part of the Big Ten conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance, our mission includes growing relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives.