Campus Biosafety Officer (0358U), Environment, Health & Safety - 27474
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Departmental Overview The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship. EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The Campus Biosafety Officer is the campus expert on the safe handling of highly regulated biohazards and potentially biohazardous materials, ensures safe use of biohazardous and potentially biohazardous materials in research, health and education on campus, and provides other laboratory safety services to the Berkeley campus and affiliated field stations.
For more information about EH&S, visit ehs.berkeley.edu.
Performs complex technical work in biological safety.
Serves as the campus expert on the safe handling of highly regulated biohazards and potentially biohazardous materials.
Develops procedures using a combination of original and standard professional approaches/techniques to solve substantive, complex problems with multiple variables.
Performs or directs outreach, communication, and training to campus within the biosafety field.
Applies appropriate scientific and professional standards to recommend campus/university policies and programs and, as needed, create new methodologies.
Provides expert counsel by evaluating, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, codes and standards across complexity of environmental, health, and safety disciplines as they relate to biosafety and provides technical expertise to support the campus Medical Waste Program.
Assesses all research protocols that involve biohazards or potentially biohazardous material.
Coordinates and performs annual and supplemental laboratory biosafety inspections to monitor compliance and prevent hazards.
Represents the campus Biosafety Program to federal and state agencies regulating the use of biohazards on campus.
Provides technical support to, and contact for, the campus Committee for Laboratory & Environmental Biosafety. Submits annual reports to the NIH Office of biotechnology Activities
Supervise the Biosafety Team, including the Associate and Assistant Biosafety Officers, the Research Compliance Analyst and the High Containment Laboratory Director.
Directs the work of subordinates and tracks performance goals.
Provides design requirements, operation requirements, and management recommendations for all facilities using biohazards, including biosafety Level 3 facilities.
Oversees the work of contractors in certifying and maintaining biological safety cabinets on campus.
Provides input to federal and state regulators through trade associations and industry groups for writing and revision of regulations.
Organizes, equips and oversees ad hoc departmental, campus or system wide teams as needed.
Writes and updates written materials for faculty and staff to reflect current state-of-the art biosafety practices, in particular the campus Biosafety Manual, the Biological Use Authorization application, quick reference guides, compliance guides, and training handouts.
Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints involving biohazards and potentially biohazardous materials, and recommends corrective action as needed.
Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data.
Provides backup support to the Assistant Biosafety Officer in the area of animal care and use and, as needed, provides technical support to the campus Animal Care & Use Committee and animal facilities on research involving the use of biohazards and other hazardous agents in animals.
Serves as a campus laboratory safety specialist and advisor to departments with wet laboratories.
Maintains knowledge/expertise with existing and proposed changes of all regulations in all subject areas. **See Governing Laws and Regulations below.
Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release.
Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
Governing Laws and Regulations
USDA Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Possession, Use and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins
DHHS Regulations for the Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins
NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
NIH/CDC Guidelines 'Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories'
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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