Assistant Biosafety Officer
Department of Environmental Health Services (EHS)
Colorado State University (CSU)
Fort Collins, Colorado
The growth of biosafety oversight at Colorado State University has increased substantially with the additional facilities at the Foothills Campus and recently completed facilities on the main and south campuses and the additional controls required by government regulatory agencies.
The Assistant Biosafety Officer is a new position at CSU and will assist with duties that are currently being performed by the Director of Biosafety, the Associate Biosafety Officer and the existing Assistant Biosafety Officer. This position will assist with additional regulatory requirements and the expanding biosafety program with a start date as soon as possible after January 1, 2014. This position will report to the Director of Biosafety and is a full-time, 12-month, Administrative Professional position.
Salary Range:$50,000.00 – $60,000.00 annual salary plus benefits.
Possess the professional competence necessary to suggest and review specific activities and facilities for proper biohazard control; apply relevant laws, regulations, standards and guidelines; develop standard operating procedures; and be aware of community attitudes and health and environmental considerations. Technical backgrounds in microbiology and biochemistry, basic physical and biological sciences, and knowledge of laboratory and clinical practices and safety, containment equipment, and engineering principles pertaining to the design, operations and maintenance of facility safeguards are needed.
Training investigators safely and responsibly at the BSL-2 and BSL-3 levels.
Take measures necessary to ensure that all biohazardous activities comply with the provisions of the biosafety handbook and additional requirements of contract or grant approvals, legal directives, and such rules as may be imposed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). For this purpose he/she may, in coordination with the Director of Biosafety, impose sanctions and/or restrictions on offending departments, agencies and/or principals involved.
Perform periodic audits to ensure that laboratory standards are rigorously followed.
Report to the Director of Environmental Health Services and/or the Director of Biosafety and appropriate support and administrative officials any significant biosafety problems, trends, violations of guidelines or directives, and of his/her investigative findings and recommendations relating to active or potential accidents and/or illnesses.
Develop emergency plans for handling accidental spills and personnel contamination and investigating laboratory accidents involving infectious agents and/or recombinant DNA research.
Advise the IBC, PIs, supervisors and workers as necessary on biohazard security, biosafety, bioengineering and technical compliance questions.
Monitor or conduct such specialized biosafety training as required by the biosafety handbook, NIH or USDA "Guidelines", the CDC Select Agent Program or as directed by the IBC.
Please note:This position will not participate, except as a resource for information, in the review or approval of any project in which he/she has been, or expects to become, engaged or to have a direct financial interest.
- Degree in Microbiology or a closely related major
- 3 or more years experience in Microbiological Research or Biosafety or a combination of the two
- Qualify for approval to have access to Tier 1 Select Agents
- Qualify within 5 years as a Registered Biosafety Professional or Certified Biological Safety Professional.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with peers and investigators, train investigators at the BSL-2 and BSL-3
levels and design and teach Biosafety training to laboratory and on-line units.
Additional Desired Qualities:
- Experience with plant growth
- Teaching experience
- Training experience
- Database experience
- Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations
Position contingent upon:
- Successful FBI security check
- Successful medical screening
- Successful personnel suitability approval for access to Tier 1 Select Agents
How to apply:
Email in PDF form a cover letter addressing your ability to meet the required and desired professional attributes with particular emphasis on your biosafety experience, resume, and the names, phone numbers and email address for three professional references to Bob Ellis, Search Chair at Robert.Ellis@colostate.edu For full consideration, please send completed application materials by close of business on Monday, November 11, 2013. However, all applications will be considered until the position is filled. References will not be contacted until candidates are notified.Please note:incomplete application materials will not be considered.
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.