American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International Job Board:

Job Opening: Health/Safety Specialist at NAU

Northern Arizona University has an opening for a Health/Safety Specialist in the Office of Biological Safety. To apply, and for additional details, including salary range, please see the NAU Website, Job ID 603408. The Office of Biological Safety supports profound research efforts while maintaining a fun and engaging work environment.

Job Description

• Develops, implements, and monitors compliance of campus biosafety programs, procedures, and training. Serves as a technical assistant to the Biosafety Officer, ensuring the safe use of biological agents and biohazards. Identifies corrective actions and prepares accurate and complete technical reports. Provides general biosafety and bloodborne pathogens training and biosafety/biosecurity-related guidance to researchers in field or laboratory settings regarding safe work practices.
• Inspects laboratories and facilities that work with recombinant DNA materials and/or organisms including human or animal pathogens and other biological materials requiring Biological Safety/Animal Biological Safety Level One (BSL1/ABSL1) or Level Two (BSL2/ABSL2) containment.
• Provides administrative support to the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
• Coordinates the autoclave and biological safety cabinet certification programs.
• Maintains training records, inspection reports and other biosafety records in appropriate online systems and databases.
• Assists in the development and maintenance of an occupational health surveillance program for biohazardous agents.
• Assists in emergency response and incident investigation involving biological incidents (potential exposures, illnesses, complaints, or releases) and recommends or coordinates corrective action as needed.
• Pursues professional development opportunities including webinars, regional and national/international conferences to maintain a thorough knowledge of existing or proposed changes to applicable laws and regulations and skill in interpreting and applying Federal and State regulations and related biosafety guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or other physical or life science field AND two years Biosafety related experience; OR,
• Six years of biosafety safety experience; OR,
• Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved

Preferred Qualifications
• Registered Biosafety Professional or Certified Biological Safety Professional.
• Experience with safety programs in higher education
• Evidence of effective written communication skills including basic reports
• Experience in scheduling and coordinating meetings and inspections
• Experience in performing laboratory safety or compliance inspections

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of microbiological practices and laboratory techniques to be used in biological research, including NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
• Skill in analyzing and implementing regulations, technical data, reports, and written plans and procedures
• Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written
• Skill in interaction with a wide range of personnel
• Skill in the use of current technology and related software