Biosafety Support Specialist- Office of the Vice Provost for Research - (20001568)
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre-award administration of grants and contracts; supporting investigators in developing proposals and funding strategies for their research and scholarship; protection, management, and licensing of the University's intellectual property; oversight of the use human subjects, animals, biological and chemical hazardous agents, select agents, blood borne pathogens, radioactive materials and lasers in research, teaching and training; environmental health and safety; implementation of the University's policies on conflict of interest in research and misconduct in research and scholarship; and working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research and protecting the University's interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning, and oversight. The OVPR also works closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital. Additionally, the OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.
The Biosafety Support Specialist will report to the Biosafety Manager within the OVPR and will work as part of a Biosafety team supporting three Biosafety Officers. The Biosafety Support Specialist will provide technical and administrative support to the Biosafety Office and academic and clinical biosafety programs at Tufts University (Tufts) and Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC). The Biosafety Support Specialist will work closely with all parties to develop processes to promote a strong biosafety culture within both TU and Tufts MC. The core functions of this position will be to support and evaluate biosafety processes to develop and promote database platforms to streamline laboratory inspections and risk assessments of all activities under the Tufts IBC purview. This position requires attention to detail and a collaborative approach to problem-solving within a biomedical field. The Biosafety Support Specialist must interface effectively with IBC, IACUC, and IRB office personnel, as well as Principal Investigators, research and teaching staff, animal care staff, Facilities, and others as needed. Ability to interact with the scientific community in a supportive and collaborative capacity is critical. Experience of biological safety in a clinical, research or manufacturing setting would be ideal.
Basic Requirements: * Bachelor's Degree or higher in microbiology, molecular biology, safety, industrial hygiene, lab safety, engineering, systems and process technology, database management, or other related discipline with relevant experience in laboratory or manufacturing safety. * Working knowledge of laboratory processes, equipment and facilities, and ability to communicate complex technical issues to diverse clients. * Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. * Strong time management and organizational skills and the ability to work independently. * Strong customer service skills. * Strong analytical, risk assessment and problem-solving skills * Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team. * Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office, BioRAFT and standard office software, performing literature searches, reading technical articles and analyzing data. * Must be able to travel within MA between campuses.
* Program management skills and experience * Knowledge of molecular biology, biohazard-related risk assessment, and interpretation of the NIH Guidelines preferred. * Working towards a certification as a biosafety professional and/or clinical trial oversight professional, * Experience evaluating biological registrations and understanding risk and risk mitigation strategies, * 1-3 years bench experience strongly recommended. * 1-3 years of experience with animal biosafety practices and procedures preferred. * Strong presentation and technical training skills preferred. An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston
Organization: Office of the Vice Provost
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 25, 2020, 11:53:45 AM
Internal Number: 20001568
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