Job ID: 2022-15855 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Research and Laboratory
Princeton University Environmental Health and Safety seeks a collaborative, skilled, highly motivated individual to fill the role of Assistant Director and Biological Safety Officer. Reporting to the Associate Director for Laboratory Safety, the successful candidate initiates actions and establishes procedures and policies with the purpose of limiting exposure of University students, faculty, and staff to biohazards; ensures compliance with standards and regulations governing the handling of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules, infectious materials including zoonotic agents, bloodborne pathogens and regulated medical waste; oversees shipping of biological specimens and materials; advises students, faculty, and employees regarding safety and support in field research; provides guidance for control of Legionella in University water systems, and, as needed, acts as the Responsible Official for select agents.
The Princeton University Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides leadership, technical support, information and training, consultation, and periodic audits of environmental, health and safety practices and regulatory compliance. EHS employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of 20 professional and support staff working to address health and safety issues in several broad areas including: workplace safety, occupational health, laboratory safety, emergency management, environmental programs, and general health and safety for the campus community.
Designs and conducts risk assessments to actively identify and address unsafe work practices or conditions that may lead to biohazard exposures in the research lab and research field setting. Creates and maintains resources to assist the research community with controlling exposure to biohazards. Advises research and administrative leadership of opportunities to reduce or eliminate potential for exposure through medical surveillance programs, engineering and administrative controls. Works with Laboratory Animal Resources leadership to design and implement programs to control and reduce exposure to biohazards, including zoonotic agents, hazardous chemicals and allergens for researchers and animal husbandry staff. Manages the regulated medical waste program and the Bloodborne Pathogen program.
Chairs the Field Research Safety Committee.
Provides advice and assistance to Facilities related to the program for the prevention of legionella in campus water systems.
Advises the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Assistant Vice President for EHS, research and administrative leadership and others of successful strategies for regulatory compliance and leads audits and evaluations of assigned programs. Conducts investigations of exposures to biological materials and recombinant DNA; submits findings internally and to external regulatory agencies, if required. Implements procedural and program changes approved by the IBC and/or IACUC. Advises the Hazardous Materials Shipping program for shipping biological materials and agents.
Establishes regulatory required research safety and compliance programs in accordance with National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research with Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acids, Dual Use Research of Concern, Federal Select Agent Program Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, International Air Transport Association, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Serves as an ex officio member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (IACUC). As needed, acts as the Responsible Official for select agent use in research. Maintains a positive relationship with staff and leadership from the Princeton Regional Health Department for infectious disease and food safety.
Develops and provides (or oversees the provision of): biological safety training for staff, faculty and students who work with biohazards; biosafety awareness training for students and support staff who may work in research labs and animal facilities; bloodborne pathogen training for researchers and support staff who may be exposed to human blood and body fluids, other topics related to biosafety, and training on public health topics during public health emergencies and incidents.
Develops and implements University response to potential biological hazard exposures sustained by students or staff and as a senior member of the EHS staff, serves a periodic on-call role.
Investigates incidents involving biological materials, infectious agents, research animal bites and scratches, and those assigned by the head Research Safety or EHS; determines root causes, recommends mitigation strategies, and ensures they are implemented. Provides advice to healthcare providers in University Health Services for treatment of students and staff involved in these incidents.
Works with clinical leadership and staff from University Health Services to identify and control the spread of infectious agents during an outbreak and for acute care related to injuries or illnesses that include potential exposure to biological materials.
Leads investigations of potential foodborne illness outbreaks, informs and coordinates response with the Princeton Regional Health Department.
Supervises the work of the Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist assigned to the biosafety program. Provides training and professional development to EHS staff who support research safety and oversees their work involving biosafety, research animal safety, and other areas of expertise.
Conducts or supervises health and safety surveys for the assigned programs and conducts or assists with various health and safety surveys in support of the Laboratory Safety and Biosafety programs. Develops and documents recommendations for corrective action. Follows up on recommendations provided to the University community.
Also serves as biological safety subject matter expert on IACUC semiannual inspections.
MPH or MS in biology or closely related field. At least 5 years of experience providing biosafety services in a research or university setting.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to clearly communicate to a diverse community of clients. Ability to effectively prepare and present information and training to diverse adult learners. Good organization, prioritization, and time management skills and ability to balance multiple skills.
Substantial experience with software products such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and web-based applications.
Certification or ability to become certified for DOT and IATA biological materials shipping. Must have a valid driver's license.
Preferred qualifications include PhD in biological sciences or closely related field, Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) designation through American Biological Safety Association International or Registered Biological Safety Professional (RBP), experience in academic bioscience bench research.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.
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