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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 21, 2019
The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship. EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The Assistant Biosafety Officer serves as a technical associate to the Campus Biosafety Officer and Associate Biosafety Officer, ensuring the safe use of campus biological agents, recombinant DNA and biohazards in accordance with NIH Guidelines and other applicable regulations; and provides support to other laboratory safety programs. The biosafety team supports the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB).
Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in biosafety.
Serves as a technical associate to the Campus Biosafety Officer, ensuring the safe use of campus bioagents and biohazards
Performs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field.
Serves as the primary point person for communications and documentation of the biosafety program including but not limited to ensuring the EH&S Biosafety Program web-site provides guidance that is helpful and current, and periodically communicating with BUA holders regarding their BUA/training status, composing BUA approval letters, and other relevant information.
Performs technical work, and conducts sampling and/or monitoring related to field(s) of expertise
Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures
Monitors compliance of programs within area of responsibility: Biosafety
Prepares for CLEB Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) for laboratories that work with toxins and/or human or nonhuman blood, body fluids, tissues, cell or cell lines, recombinant DNA, plant and animal pathogens, and transgenic species to ensure compliance with CDC, NIH and other applicable university, federal and state regulations and requirements
Works with the Office of Technology Licensing and EH&S Shipping Specialist on bio-related shipping requests to ensure compliance with DOT and IATA guidelines.
Conducts biosafety inspections of laboratories that work with human, plant or animal pathogens and recombinant DNA.
Identifies corrective actions and writes reports. Responsible for inspection follow-up for entire biosafety program and recommending to BSO appropriate corrective actions as needed.
Conducts periodic audits of agent inventory to verify BUA accuracy.
Provides guidance to researchers in the field or laboratory regarding safe work practices.
Reviews animal use protocols for the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) for chemical and biosafety compliance
Provides animal biosafety training and orientation for animal biohazard containment facility.
Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends or coordinates corrective action as needed.
Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data.
Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. **See Governing Laws and Regulations below.
Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.
Works on committees and assignments along with formal and informal coaching and mentoring and regular training, including conference attendance.
Other duties as assigned, including:
Participate in department-wide projects and programs, including workgroups that support lab safety culture change initiative and other like initiatives.
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release.
Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
May be assigned as a member of Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT).
If assigned to serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DURT program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational qualifications, and a medical baseline (physical) will be required upon assignment.
Governing Laws and Regulations:
USDA Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Possession, Use and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins
DHHS Regulations for the Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins
NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
NIH/CDC Guidelines 'Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories'
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
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