Biosafety Officer - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 21001774
Biosafety Officer - Office of the Vice Provost for Research - (21001774)
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 Officer will report to the Director of Laboratory Safety within the OVPR. The Biosafety Officer will provide technical and regulatory expertise to the academic and clinical biosafety programs at Tufts University (Tufts) and Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC). The core functions of this position will be to perform risk assessment and regulatory assessment of all research, teaching and training activities involving biohazardous materials registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee and to assist the scientific community at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center in properly registering the work with the IBC. Other duties will include partnering with the other regulatory and support offices at Tufts University for oversight of biohazardous materials, as well as interacting with the scientific community at Tufts and Tuft MC in a support capacity.
Master of Science in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related discipline.
1-3 years working in the Biosafety field in a capacity that included application of the NIH Guidelines and BMBL to research activities.
A working knowledge of molecular biology, biohazard-related risk assessment, and interpretation of the NIH Guidelines.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Must be committed to working as a member of a team.
Must be familiar with standard laboratory procedures and operations in order to converse with researchers and provide relevant guidance.
*Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office and standard office software, performing literature searches and BLAST searches as well as interpreting the results of those searches.
Must be able to travel between campuses.
Must be able to wear a respirator and necessary personal protective equipment as appropriate for entering BSL3 spaces.
RBP or CBSP is preferred.
Experience writing and reviewing registrations for an IBC is strongly recommended.
1-3 years bench experience is strongly recommended.
1-3 years of experience with animal biosafety practices and procedures is preferred.
Strong presentation and technical training skills is preferred.
Prior A/BSL3 experience, either working in a A/BSL3 lab or as a biosafety professional overseeing a A/BSL3 lab, is preferred.
Knowledge of Select Agents and Toxins regulations and qualified to be Alternate Responsible Official for the Tufts SAT program as defined by CDC/USDA is preferred.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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