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#110259 Associate Biosafety Officer

Extended Deadline: Thu 2/3/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/7/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/16/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under direction of the Biosafety Officer (BSO), the Associate Biosafety Officer will design, develop, implement, and maintain a significant portion of a comprehensive biosafety program within a major research university setting having a Medical School, School of Pharmacy, Cancer Center and two hospitals. The incumbent will conduct independent reviews of research protocols that use biohazards; perform comprehensive biohazard laboratory safety surveys/audits; and consult with laboratory directors, researchers, and staff to implement biosafety practices and procedures. The incumbent will maintain and update biosafety policies and actively facilitate research and teaching that is safe and complies with UCSD policies and procedures and Federal, State, and local regulations/guidelines. The incumbent will respond to and assist with the mitigation of emergencies and spills involving biohazardous materials and design, develop and provide formal and informal training (including interactive web training modules) to individuals and groups.

The Associate Biosafety Offices will use applicable EH&S concepts to implement a single-function program or multi-specialty programs applicable to a variety of organization infrastructures and departments. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment and for following the defined policies and procedures. The Associate Biosafety Officer will apply professional level knowledge of subject, including complete knowledge of a specialty area within a single academic/occupational discipline. Decision-making takes into account established procedures, relevant laws, regulations and organization policy, communication/outreach, and impact on other EH&S programs.

  • Serve as EHS Response Team member. May be requested to respond back to campus to support the EHS Duty Officer in the event of an after-hours, weekend, or holiday incident involving hazardous materials and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.


  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field and three (3) years of professional experience in a comprehensive environmental health and safety program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position

  • Solid, comprehensive working knowledge and understanding of a specific EH&S field including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields. Working skills in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.

  • Demonstrated experience in a biomedical research laboratory environment. Extensive familiarity with research laboratory procedures in the following areas: recombinant DNA technology, genetics, infectious agents and genetic engineering, select agents, animal work including transgenic animals and gene transfer clinical trials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to biohazardous waste handling, storage and disposal.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for biosafety as they apply to infectious agents, recombinant DNA and Bloodborne pathogens.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform technical reviews of biosafety proposals involving the use of infectious agents, recombinant DNA and other genetic techniques, Bloodborne pathogens, select agents and gene transfer clinical trial.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide unique and innovative content to the design, development and implementation of a Biosafety Program. Proven ability to apply the concepts of biosafety, including criteria for establishing biosafety containment levels, to various research and laboratory applications.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply operational concepts, parameters, and regulations to implement a program to monitor certification, proper operation and maintenance of biosafety cabinets and autoclaves.

  • Proven ability to evaluate the workplace situations for safe handling, storage, use, or disposal of biohazardous and other hazardous materials. Knowledge in the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop and present technical training programs to individuals and groups.

  • Ability to assist or become part of the Hazardous Materials Response Team and respond to biohazardous materials spills or releases.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience to use a variety of computer programs and applications.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain clear, accurate and up-to-date records.

  • Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects. Demonstrated strong organizational and follow-through skills with experience and ability to organize and schedule a demanding workload to complete tasks effectively and efficiently.

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively with people in a wide variety of job classifications, including those opposed to occupational health and safety programs and ideals. Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise technical reports.

  • Proven ability to develop a strong rapport with academic personnel to thoroughly evaluate research projects and develop creative solutions to unique and often complex problems. Ability to work with facility design architects and engineers in designing new laboratory space and renovated laboratory space.


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

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice System as required for daily operation of departmental cars/light trucks.

  • Must be able and willing to wear the required appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators, and respond to health and safety emergencies.

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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