Biosafety Officer

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Aug 16, 2022
Nov 16, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Biosafety Officer George Mason University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), within the Department of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management, is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Biosafety Officer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. About the Position: The Biosafety Officer manages the biosafety program for biosafety level (BSL) 1 and 2 laboratories, and animal biosafety for animal biosafety levels (ABSL) 1-3. The position interprets and implements regulatory requirements and guidelines regarding biological safety, serves as administrator of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), serves on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), advises the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on biosafety-related matters, conducts risk assessments, laboratory inspections, and hazard evaluations, assists laboratories in optimizing safety and compliance for use of biohazardous material and research involving animals, oversees management of biological waste program provides training in all aspects of biosafety, responds to incidents as needed, serves as alternate for the Responsible Official of the university's Select Agent Program and supports select agent program requirements (lab inspections, training, inventory audits, exercises and drills, annual audit, document review, and incident investigations as needed).Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in the life sciences or related field; or equivalent combination of relevant education & experience;Experience working in BSL-1 and 2 and/or animal biosafety levels (ABSL) 1 and 2 programs or laboratories;Practical knowledge of biological hazards and biosafety principles and practices including knowledge of applicable regulations, guidelines, and standards for laboratory biosafety and biosecurity;Knowledge of purpose, function, and use of engineering controls and primary containment devices;Knowledge of disinfection and decontamination methods;Ability to perform comprehensive risk assessment and determine appropriate risk management strategies to facilitate safe research;Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to develop and implement best practices;Ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex projects;Ability to perform detailed laboratory inspections and audits of compliance programs;Ability to safely lift 40 lbs., bend, crawl, and kneel and receive required vaccinations required for entry into BSL-3 environments as needed;Security Risk Assessment Approval; andMust live within 25 miles of the Science and Technology campus.Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree in life sciences or related field;Experience at an institution of higher education;Registered Biosafety Professional or Certified Biosafety Professional certification; andConsiderable experience (generally 3+ years) at an academic/higher education or private research environment.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01452z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and 130 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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