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#111275 EH&S High Containment Officer, EH&S Spec 4

Filing Deadline: Tue 10/5/2021

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Under direction from the Biosafety Officer, the High Containment Officer (HCO) acts as the subject matter expert for UC San Diego in managing and leading research in Biosafety Level 3 facilities and is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the appropriate programs for high containment laboratories (Biosafety Level 3 laboratories) such as: biosecurity, biosafety, inspections, training, compliance oversight, and emergency planning and response. Develop and promulgate policies, practices and procedures in cooperation with high level administrators, campus and system wide committees, and departments such as UC High Containment Laboratory Oversite Committee (UC HCLOC), the UC San Diego High Containment Laboratory Oversite Committee (UCSD HCLOC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Animal Care Program, Vice Chancellor Research Affairs, Department Chairs, campus Police Department, Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine, and Facilities Management.

Maintain effective liaison with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Institute of Health Office of Science Policy (NIH OSP) to assure compliance with current regulations and legislation, as well as assure compliance with nationally recognized standards. Exercise advanced professional judgment and operate as a technical leader in developing strategies and systems for compliance with federal and state laws relating to research in high containment facilities. Develop and enact strategies to minimize biosecurity breaches. The HCO has the authority to immediately stop work involving work in high containment facilities under conditions in which personal health may be compromised or if agents used within the facility may have been diverted. Representing senior management, negotiate with regulators at the local, State, and Federal levels; prepare safety manuals, risk assessments, and reports; collect, analyze, and report on injuries or incidences in high containment laboratories; and conduct audits of university facilities.

The HCO is a member of the Research Safety Division (RSD) Management Team. The position provides leadership and direction for EH&S Research Safety Division staff and student employees and participates in business process development to improve customer satisfaction. The HCO serves on UC Working Groups for High Containment Lab Directors. Serve as the technical expert in research involving High Containment Laboratory Facilities. Develop and manage the UCSD HCLOC budget including annual reporting to the committee. Problems are complex and may require creation of new methodologies by applying professional EH&S knowledge and/or expertise. Serve as technical expert in the development and implementation of campus High Containment Program. May represent EH&S regarding the field/discipline at meetings and conferences involving academic compliance committees, campus, system wide, local government, state and federal levels of authority in matters related to field of expertise. Decision-making is based on established procedures and integration and interpretation of relevant laws, regulations and organizational policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology and impact on other EH&S programs; and senior management approvals. Decisions may impact other EH&S programs, departments, segments of the organization and/or organization-wide.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Serves as EHS Duty Officer. Must be available on-call 2-4 times per year for one-week shifts to respond to UCSD in the event of an after-hours, weekend or holiday incident involving hazardous materials or requests for services that are regularly provided by the EHS department. May be requested to respond back to campus throughout the year to respond to EHS-related incidents and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.


  • Advanced knowledge and skills to independently design, develop, manage and implement a High Containment program. Advanced professional judgment and experience operating as a technical leader in developing strategies and systems for compliance with federal and state laws relating to research in high containment facilities.

  • Expert knowledge and skill in coordinating biosafety, biosecurity, laboratory safety, occupational safety, and waste management requirements to researchers and applicable departments and divisions.

  • Demonstrated experience reviewing biosafety practices and procedures in high-risk laboratories to identify ways to improve biosafety practices and identify strategies to help labs incorporate biosafety into their basic research procedures.

  • Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend organization policy.

  • Advanced knowledge and skill in ensuring compliance with local, state and Federal regulations: Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Institute of Health Office of Science Policy (NIH OSP), as well as assuring compliance with nationally recognized standards.

  • Advanced knowledge of federal codes applying to Select Agents & Toxins, 7 C.F.R. Part 331: Agriculture, 9 C.F.R. Part 121: Animals and Animal Products, 42 C.F.R. Part 73: Public Health.

  • Advanced skill in preparing license/permit applications, compliance plans, and reports minimizing compliance and legal risk to the campus from daily research programs.

  • Proven knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to execute incident management activities safely and effectively. Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, evaluate the need for additional EHS resources and/or activation of the EHS response team, and assume responsibility for incident management.

  • Advanced skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in a Windows based environment.

  • Demonstrated complex program and project management skills at the highest level. Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints. Experience developing and managing budgets including annual reporting.

  • Advanced ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both individual situations and elements of the High Containment/Biosafety Program. Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment. Strong negotiation skills with regulators at the local, State, and Federal levels.


  • Registered Biosafety Professional (RBSP), Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) or other professional certification preferred.


  • DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required prior to employment.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid CA Driver License.

  • Must be able and willing to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators, and respond to health and safety emergencies.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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