Bachelor's degree in Biology, Microbiology, Life Sciences, or related field and 3 years of related experience. Must be able to obtain a Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment and clear level 3 background clearance.
Provides professional knowledge and expertise in the operation and support of Biosafety programs in compliance with regulatory agencies, national guidelines and institutional policies.
The biological safety program's mission statement is to ensure the safe use of recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious agents (including select agents), and potentially infectious materials in research, teaching, and healthcare activities to eliminate or reduce the potential exposure to personnel or the environment. In addition, we achieve this goal through routine inspections of laboratories, providing risk assessments and risk mitigation solutions to all of UTMB enterprises to ensure safety and compliance. Our collaborations across UTMB's enterprises allows for a rapid response when the need arises in one or more areas.
- Develop, implement, and continually evaluate the Biosafety program's supporting activities involving biological agents in BSL1, BSL2, BSL3, BSL4, and related animal facilities.
- Work in partnership with architects, consultants, engineers, administrators, and researchers in design and construction of new and remodeled facilities to ensure biological safety measures are addressed and assists in evaluating facility issues that may impact biological safety.
- Capable of working independently and as a team member to develop and implement programs with EHS staff and other UTMB departments.
- Interfaces with the research community, institutional support committees, and other EHS programs areas to provide recommendations and review biosafety compliance and laboratory security.
- Assists new principal investigators in setting up their research laboratory
- Mentors others within the biosafety department
- Responds to campus biosafety emergencies and complaints.
- Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Experience in applied biosafety, animal care and use, high containment research, and laboratory or EHS experience in a higher education or medical research environment.
- Experience working in the biosafety field in a capacity that included application of NIH guidelines, BMBL and Select Agents and Toxin regulations to research activities.
- Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP)
- Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP)
This position reports directly to Biosafety Program Director
Standard equipment used to ensure safe environmental levels and the ability to lift 50 pounds.
Standard office, hospital, clinical, and/ or laboratory BSL1-BSL4 environments.
Equal Employment Opportunity
UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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