The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) supports and advances the teaching, learning, and research activities of Stanford University by providing and coordinating programs and services that foster a safe and healthy campus community. We are currently seeking a Biosafety Specialist to support the Biosafety and Biosecurity group within EH&S.
Reporting to the University's Biosafety & Biosecurity Manager, the Biosafety Specialist will support the on-going development and implementation of Stanford's Biosafety & Biosecurity program. He or she will assist in outreach, ensure understanding by researchers in working safely when using infectious agents and recombinant DNA, and assist in general laboratory safety assessments.
Job Code: 4382 Grade Level: J
Conduct Biosafety Specific Assessments of laboratories working at the BS-2 and 3 levels including both rDNA and infectious agents (over 700 protocols reviewed each year with more than 200 BSL-2 laboratories). Must be capable of coordinating written research proposals with on-site analysis of work-related issues including biohazardous agents and procedures being used. Upon discussion with laboratory personnel of projects technical details, determine if proper procedures are in place. Decide if project-specific trainings and/or medical surveillance should be done. Decide if appropriate approvals have been obtained. Work with laboratory personnel and PI to correct any deficiencies or unsafe practices.
Conduct reviews of proposed human clinical trials using rDNA and/or infectious agents. Work with the Stanford University IRBs and other institutional compliance panels to ensure comprehensive reviews are done in harmony.
As needed, function as voting member and in the administrative function for Administrative Panel on Biosafety (APB) - all research using BSL-2/3 agents, or non-exempt rDNA, must receive approval by the APB
Recommend and implement specific ABSL-2 training as needed; coordinate programmatic updates with needs of research personnel
Perform as Biosafety resource and provide oversight for Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care (APLAC/IACUC) and Stem Cell Research Oversight Panel (SCRO) - provide technical expertise and recommendations for the use of Biohazardous materials in cells, animals, hazards associated with zoonotic agents.
Coordinate approvals among APB and APLAC, SCRO and IRB.
Review protocols requiring EH&S approval for submission to DoD, private research foundations or others as needed.
Ability to analyze and implement changes and new regulatory or guidance documents from local, state and federal agencies (e.g. NIH, CDC, OSHA, FDA, WHO, FAA). Communicate with agencies (regarding regulatory or guidance document interpretation and implementation related to APB oversight
Participate in review and analysis of exposure and incident reports related to Biosafety, including Medical Surveillance involvement.
Serve as technical expert related to Biosafety issues for Occupational Health - included are potential work with infectious agents, accidental exposures to infectious agents, rDNA, blood borne pathogens. Work with Stanford University Occupational Health Center staff to address exposure risks.
Provide Biosafety evaluation and input for reproductive evaluations, mold issues, communicable diseases and others as needed.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience:
Advanced degree in a related scientific discipline and 5+ years of hands-on research in a molecular/cellular biology laboratory; Ph.D. preferred
Background in Microbiology and/or Virology a plus
Experience with animal research a plus
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
Basic understanding of biosafety principles and practices and related knowledge of pertinent scientific fields to which this background can be applied.
Other Required Skills - The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to encourage laboratory workers to bring up issues and questions without feeling vulnerable or ignorant, and the ability to maintain a positive and helpful attitude with a customer-centered focus with a wide variety of individuals.
Ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both individual situations and elements of the biosafety program. Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
Excellent communication skills in English and the ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations. Ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely
Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will
Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in accomplishing assigned tasks; pride in performing the job correctly and completely
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in a Windows-based environment
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*: * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Location: Dean of Research, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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