Physician - Administration

Cleveland, OH

Specialty Administration
Profession Physician

Job Title: Biosafety Officer

Job Description

Job Summary: The biosafety officer serves as an expert resource in the development, implementation, management and improvement of institutional biosafety programs. The biosafety officer oversees the biosafety program, ensures compliance with applicable rules and requirements and uses data to develop corrective and preventative practices and procedures related to biosafety.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements and directs a comprehensive biosafety program for the health system
  • Ensures organizational compliance with regulatory and sponsor requirements associated with biosafety
  • Serves as a member of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and assists the IBC Chair by interacting with investigators whose work is under review by committee, reviewing research protocols to ensure adequate biosafety measures are included, providing guidance to IBC on containment issues, implementing IBC-approved policies and plans, and providing administrative support
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of biosafety principles and best practices and serves as a resource on related federal and state regulations
  • Provides technical guidance to caregivers regarding equipment, facilities and work practices for protection of personnel, laboratories and environment from biological hazards
  • Reviews experimental design, protocols and procedures and conducts risk assessments
  • Reviews research grant applications, proposals, and activities involving biohazardous agents and materials, including, but not limited to recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid (rsNA), infectious agents, toxins, human-derived and nonhuman primate-derived materials, and human gene transfer clinical trials to ensure safe practices in support of the health system’s IBC, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Ensures facility compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to use, handling, shipping, and disposal of potential biohazards and rsNA
  • Develop and administer training programs
  • Investigates accidents in regards to Biosafety issues and develops corrective action plans
  • Assists with investigations and reporting of non-compliance
  • Supervises biosafety professionals
  • Develops and implements emergency response procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and materials

Qualifications
Education

  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. preferred in biological science (i.e., microbiology, bacteriology, virology etc.) or related field, possessing Microbiology training and work experience.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a biomedical research laboratory or related combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the field of biological safety in a biomedical research facility
  • Knowledge of NIH Guidelines, NIH/CDC BMBL guidelines, USG Policy for DURC, import and export programs (e.g. CDC IPP, APHIS, Bureau of Industry and Security), OSHA, and granting agency requirements
  • Experience working in or supervising BSL-3 containment research is preferred
  • Experience working with select agents or managing select agents research is preferred

Certifications

  • Certification or eligible for certification by American Biosafety Association ABSA (RBP or CBSP) is preferred