The University of Virginia is seeking applicants for the position of Biosafety Officer. This highly visible and collaborative leadership position plays a critical role in supporting the conduct of safe and compliant research across the University community. The Biosafety Officer is responsible for effectively orchestrating a dynamic and complex biosafety program in support of research involving Tier 1 select agents, biosafety level 3 containment, a rapidly expanding pool of activities involving human gene transfer, cGMP facilities, and a AAALAC accredited animal care and use program. This position will oversee the development, execution, and continual monitoring of safety programs designed to prevent occupational illness and injury and promote compliance with a complex array of regulations and consensus guidelines which govern the acquisition, use, transfer and disposal of biological agents.
Reporting to the Director of EHS, the Biosafety Officer is responsible for the supervision of staff members who support the UVA biosafety program, and will work closely with other program managers towards the thoughtful development of approaches to sustain a safe and compliant environment without imposing undue burden to the research community.
The Biosafety Officer serves as a voting member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Occupational Health Subcommittee. In fulfilling regulatory and programmatic goals, the Biosafety Officer routinely engages with UVA faculty, staff and students; the University compliance community; representatives from external regulatory agencies, and Virginia/local emergency response organizations.
Successful candidates will work well in a team, be detail oriented, able to balance multiple projects at a time, be highly reliable, and have the ability to communicate and engage professionally with all members of the University community. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety supports professional development and strongly encourages job-related training and educational opportunities.
Applications will be reviewed by committee starting June 3, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.
Internal Number: R0005791
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.