The purpose of this position is to ensure the safe use of campus
biological agents, recombinant DNA and biohazards in accordance
with CalOSHA, NIH Guidelines and other applicable regulations. This
position will also be responsible for chairing the Institutional
Biosafety Committee and will review and approve biological use
authorizations (BUA) campus wide. This position provides support to
other laboratory safety programs across multiple colleges to
promote the safety of faculty, staff and students.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Serves as the Campus Biosafety Officer (BSO), ensuring the safe
use of campus bioagents and biohazards.
- Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and
safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in
- Serves as the primary point person for communications and
documentation of the biosafety program including but not limited to
ensuring the EH&S Biosafety Program provides guidance that is
helpful and current, and periodically communicating with BUA
holders regarding their BUA/training status, monitoring biosafety
cabinet certification, review of relevant new equipment purchases
and placement, monitoring Material Transfer Agreements, and other
- Performs technical work, and conducts sampling and/or
monitoring related to field(s) of expertise.
- Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing
processes and procedures
- Work with researchers/principal investigators to prepare
Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) for laboratories that work
with toxins and/or human or nonhuman blood, body fluids, tissues,
cell or cell lines, recombinant DNA, plant and animal pathogens,
and transgenic species to ensure compliance with CDC, NIH and other
applicable university, federal and state regulations and
- Conducts periodic audits of agent inventory to verify BUA
- Provides guidance to researchers in the field or laboratory
regarding safe work practices.
- Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends
corrective action as needed.
- Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of
relevant scientific data.
- Works on committees and assignments along with formal and
informal coaching and mentoring and regular training, including
- Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on
existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and
applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including
making recommendations for work environment changes based on
interpretations and principles of professional practices.
- Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s)
including related laws and regulations; and general
knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.
- Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting
applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related
standards and guidelines.
- Knowledge of laboratory safety, including biosafety cabinet
operation, fume hoods and laboratory ventilation, personal
protective equipment, and chemical hazards.
- Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate
effectively in a diverse environment.
- Demonstrated ability to respond to emergencies and critical
situations appropriately in a research setting.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize,
prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within
time and budget constraints.
- Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific
equipment as required.
- A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training
- Six years of administrative work experience involving study,
analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or
improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or
- Bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences
- Advanced degree in public health, microbiology or other
biological discipline and/or equivalent experience/training
- Professional certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist
(CIH) or Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) or Registered
Biosafety Professional (RBP) or preparing to become a CIH, CBSP, or
- 3-5 years of professional experience in the field of laboratory
biosafety and/or equivalent experience/training
- 6 or more years of professional experience in the field of
laboratory biosafety with a working title of Biosafety Officer
Classification: Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt
Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,908/month - $7,516/month
Hiring Range: $5,908/month - $11,481/month
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits
package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more
information on programs available, please see the
Employee Benefits Summary
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and attach the following documents:
- Letter of Interest
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