Biosafety Officer

University of Idaho in Idaho

Date Posted April 9, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Biosafety Officer


University Research (Div)

University Research

Employee Category

Pay Range
$44,491.20 - $70,000.00 Annual

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary
The Biosafety Officer (BSO) provides effective management and oversight of the Institutional Biosafety Program for the University of Idaho by developing and implementing biosafety policy, training, programs, pre and post-approval procedures, and providing administrative support to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Additionally, the BSO will serve as an Alternate Responsible Official for the University’s Select Agent Program and will oversee all shipments of biological materials. The BSO interfaces with individuals of varying degrees of expertise in biosafety and animal care and use, including research faculty and staff, Environmental Health and Safety, compliance committees, facilities, campus veterinarian, federal oversight agencies, and others to ensure that all institutional policies and procedures are followed.

These responsibilities are accomplished with considerable independence and the encumbent must exercise discretion in applying policies and procedures using professional judgment and demeanor in a manner that promotes a positive image for the Office of Research and Economic Development while safeguarding to the flow of sensitive and confidential information.

Job Duty Function
Serving as University expert in all matters related to biosafety by:

• Interpreting rules and regulations and providing guidance to the IBC, Research Compliance Officer, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and investigators on all matters related to biosafety;

• Working with laboratories, Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities, and other University groups to integrate biosafety into daily operations and promote safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, best management practice guidance, and University policy;

• Functioning as a point of contact during regulatory inspections (NIH, CDC, etc.) related to biosafety;

• Developing and delivering biological safety training on multiple topics to a diverse community of academic, clinical and research faculty, staff, and students;

• Providing expert assessment and recommendations on zoonotic diseases and other occupational risks;

• Acting as an ARO for the Select Agent Program, including providing technical and administrative oversight, training, and escorting visitors in the lab;

• Maintaining a database for and management of annual biosafety cabinet, autoclaves, and other biosafety related equipment certifications;

• Preparing and providing timely reports, updating draft policies, guidelines, and procedures for biological hazards and processes, and assisting in and monitoring corrective actions, as necessary;

• Liaising with Environmental Health and Safety regarding biological toxins and other biohazard related concerns to ensure coordination between the two offices;

• Liaising with federal oversight agencies (NIH, CDC, FDA, USDA, DOT, etc.) to ensure the University’s biosafety and biosecurity programs are in compliance.

Providing technical expertise to the IBC and IACUC by:
• Serving as an ex officio voting member on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC);

• Serving as an ex officio voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);

• Serving as technical expert and liaison between investigators and the IBC and IACUC;

• Assisting investigators in development of IBC and IACUC protocols, biosafety manuals, and standard operating procedures;

• Pre-reviewing research protocols involving the use of infectious agents, toxins, and recombinant DNA;

• Conducting facility biosafety risk assessments and inspections;

• Performing post-approval monitoring of laboratories, including direct inspections of facilities;

• Conducting statement of work comparisons for congruency between grants, institutional policies, and approved IBC protocols.

Provides biological materials shipping regulatory expertise by:
• Serving as the University’s biological materials shipping officer, including overseeing all Division 6.2 shipments of biological substances, infectious substances affecting humans, and infectious substances affecting animals;

• Maintaining a valid DOT and IATA shipping certification;

• Developing and providing biological and infectious substances shipping training to University faculty and staff;

• Coordinating with the University’s Export Control Analyst to obtain and maintain all applicable permits, dangerous good certifications, and biological agent classifications for export controlled materials and dual use agents.

Contributing to the team effort by:
• Assisting investigators complete materials and submit protocols in an online system;

• Support for other compliance related standing or ad hoc activities as assigned or approved by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development;

• Attending and participating in department, division, and university-wide events, projects and committees as appropriate and assigned;

• Performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, virology, industrial hygiene, occupational health, or other related disciplines.


• Minimum of five years broad-based professional experience performing biosafety responsibilities;

o A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a field relevant to this position may be substituted for two years of the ‘minimum required experience’ above; or

o Post-degree experience in bench research or clinical laboratory experience may be substituted for two years of the ‘minimum required experience’ above;

• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of epidemiology, disease transmission patterns, risk-assessment and risk management, disinfection and sterilization of bio-hazardous materials, disease prevention, aerobiology, and environmental control;

• Interpreting and applying regulations or policies and procedures;

• Independently researching, compiling, developing, and summarizing material for reports, and analyzing information;

• Identifying complex problems, defining alternatives, and developing recommendations for management/administrators;

• Working with research compliance issues in a professional setting.


• Strong interpersonal skills and proficiency in written, verbal, telephone, and group communications;

• Strong attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy in work;

• Effective presentation, public speaking, and training skills.


• Integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions, and other outcomes;

• Identify and implement actionable steps to resolve problems;

• Balance competing demands for time and prioritize workload to meet strict deadlines;

• Work independently with minimal direction and as a team member in a collaborative, supportive manner;

• Exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates:

• Must be eligible to work in the United States and possess or be able to obtain a current U.S. driver’s license;

• Must be able to pass a criminal background and security risk assessments checks;

• Must be able to lift or otherwise move up to 50 pounds;

• Must be able to work in animal and non-animal laboratories and willing to work with bio-hazardous materials;

• Must be able to participate in a medical surveillance program and wear and maintain personal protective equipment including required respiratory protection.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master or doctoral degree in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, virology or related disciplines;

• Conducting risk assessment of the management of infectious agents and potentially infectious materials, recombinant DNA materials, and technologies;

• Working with an IBC and completing required review activities pursuant to the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules;

• Implementing standards and practices in accordance with the NIH-CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories for laboratories at BSL and ABSL levels 1, 2 and 3;

• Knowledge of disinfection and decontamination of bio-hazardous materials;

• Experience working in ABSL/BSL-3 containment facility or as a laboratory safety professional with oversight of ABSL/BSL-3 laboratories;

• Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) or Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP), or eligibility;

• Experience as an RO, ARO, or principal investigator with a select agent program;

• Certification in DOT 6.2 materials and/or IATA training;

• Working experience leading the development and implementation of policies;

• Experience in developing instructional training materials presented via class, remote access, or video capability.

Posting Number

Posting Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
First review of applications will begin on April 20, 2014.

Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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