Assistant/Associate Biosafety Officer
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Posted Job Title
Assistant/Associate Biosafety Officer
Job Profile Title
Biosafety Officer A
Job Description Summary
Reporting to and under direction from the Institutional Biosafety
Officer, Associate Director for Life Sciences Safety (BIOSAFETY)
and Compliance Programs, the successful candidate will perform
duties of, depending on experience, an Assistant or Associate
Biosafety Officer. The successful candidate provides technical
guidance to faculty and staff regarding equipment, facilities and
work practices for protection of personnel, laboratories and
environment from biological hazards; Reviews experimental design,
protocols and procedures; Conducts risk assessments; Provides
compliance oversight and safety training for varied life sciences
research programs; Reviews research grant applications, proposals,
and activities involving hazardous materials and recombinant or
synthetic nucleic acid (r∙s∙NA) research to ensure safe practices
in support of the University's Environmental Health Programs,
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Institutional Animal
Care and Use Committee (IACUC); Participates in biological safety
training for faculty, staff and students; Inspects research
facilities for compliance with regulations and guidelines
pertaining to use, handling, and disposal of biohazards and/or
recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids (r∙s∙NA); Investigates
accidents in life sciences research environments and develops
corrective action plans; Develops and implements emergency response
procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and
materials; Responds (on call) to hazardous biological materials
incidents as appropriate and consults on research laboratory
operations and security.
Required Qualifications for Assistant Biosafety Officer
(Biosafety Officer A):
- Administer & support development of Life Sciences
Laboratory Safety & Biosafety Programs.
- Provide oversight for various biosafety program components, as
- Review and provide guidance for IBC registrations & IACUC
protocols using pertinent guidelines & regulations.
- Conduct laboratory & vivarium audits. Inspect research
facilities for safety & compliance.
- Maintain audit and compliance records.
- Provide technical guidance to faculty & research
- Conduct, revise, and develop biological safety
- Investigate injuries & accidents involving biological
materials and research animals.
- Support various Occupational Health programs.
- Develop & implement emergency response procedures, &
outreach programs, for incidents involving biohazards.
- Respond (on call) to biohazardous materials incidents as
- Perform due diligence & track exempt amounts of select
- Primary, consultative contact for biocontainment
- At the discretion of the leadership participate in mentorship,
training, & supervisory activities.
Assistant Biosafety Officer Position: A Master's (MS) degree in
biological science (i.e., microbiology, bacteriology, virology
etc.) or related field and 3-5 years experience with molecular
biology / gene editing techniques, or equivalent combination of
education and experience, are required.
3-5 years of hands-on biomedical research and/or clinical research
At least 3 years of experience in the field of biological safety,
in a biomedical research facility.
Fundamental familiarity with the NIH Guidelines and CDC Biosafety
in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.
Required Qualifications for Associate Biosafety Officer
(Biosafety Officer B):
Associate Biosafety Officer: A Master's (MS) degree in biological
science and 5 to 7 years of experience, or equivalent combination
of education and experience, are required.
Preferred: a Doctorate (PhD, MD, VMD) in biological sciences or
medicine (i.e., microbiology, bacteriology, virology etc.) or
related field and documented experience with molecular biology /
gene editing techniques is preferred.
Minimum 5 years, hands-on biomedical research and/or clinical
5 years of experience in the field of biological safety, in a
biomedical research facility.
Working level understanding of the NIH Guidelines, CDC Biosafety in
Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, and OSHA lab safety
Documentation of or ability to obtain credential of a Registered
Biological Safety Professional (RBP), Certified Biological Safety
Professional (CBSP), or other related biosafety
A valid driver's license. The ability to respond and move rapidly
and frequently without restrictions, transport up to 30 pounds or
more, and wear respiratory protection, are required.
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this
position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to
upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$51,824.00 - $90,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications,
experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the
requirements of the position, as well as internal and market
factors and grade profile.
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- Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth
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- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer
creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance
between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use
of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable
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currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for
closing costs or home improvements.
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible
employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal
adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up
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