Biosafety Specialist 2

California, United States
Oct 22, 2020
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Dec 22, 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 4382
Grade: J

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at Stanford University supports and advances the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment. Our mission is to provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship. We are comprised of 9 technical groups with more than 50 specialists who work in the field with top researchers, faculty, staff, and students to support the mission and research of Stanford University. The work environment is team-oriented, collaborative, deadline-driven, and dynamic.

We are seeking a Biosafety Specialist to join the Biosafety & Biosecurity team which oversees all Stanford University work with biohazardous materials and/or recombinant DNA and synthetic nucleic acids.  Reporting to the Assistant Director of the Biosafety & Biosecurity group of EH&S, you will assist in outreach, ensure understanding by researchers in working safely when using infectious agents and recombinant DNA, and conduct general laboratory safety assessments. If you seek a challenging position that works closely with others inside and outside of EH&S to aid safety and compliance in any cross-disciplinary projects, reviews and advises on “flavor of the month” infectious agents or items of interest to the campus as a whole, and provides oversight on Biosafety-related materials, this Biosafety Specialist position may be the right career opportunity for you!

In this role, you will:

  • Conduct biosafety-specific assessments of laboratories working at the BS-2 and BS-3 levels including both rDNA and infectious agents (over 1,000 protocols reviewed each year with more than 300 BSL-2 laboratories). 
  • Conduct reviews of proposed human clinical trials using rDNA and/or infectious agents. Work with the Stanford University IRBs and other institutional compliance panels to ensure comprehensive reviews are done in harmony.
  • Recommend and implement specific ABSL-2 training as needed; coordinate programmatic updates with needs of research personnel
  • Participate in review and analysis of exposure and incident reports related to Biosafety, including Medical Surveillance involvement.
  • Provide Biosafety evaluation and input for reproductive evaluations, mold issues, communicable diseases and others as needed.
  • Review protocols requiring EH&S approval for submission to DoD, private research foundations or others as needed.
  • As needed, function as voting member and serve in the administrative function for Administrative Panel on Biosafety (APB) 
  • Coordinate approvals among APB and APLAC, SCRO and IRB.
  • Serve as technical expert related to Biosafety issues for Occupational Health – included are potential work with infectious agents, accidental exposures to infectious agents, rDNA, blood borne pathogens. Work with Stanford University Occupational Health Center staff to address exposure risks.

To be successful in the role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific field and three years progressively responsible experience in occupational safety and health, emergency response/management, environmental science, and/or allied/scientific field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. 
  • Ability to analyze and implement changes and new regulatory or guidance documents from local, state and federal agencies (e.g. NIH, CDC, OSHA, FDA, WHO, FAA). Communicate with the agencies (regarding regulatory or guidance document interpretation and implementation related to APB oversight.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and project management abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to encourage laboratory workers to bring up issues and questions without feeling vulnerable or ignorant, and the ability to maintain a positive and helpful attitude with a customer-centered focus with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both individual situations and elements of the biosafety program. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially using technical concepts.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver’s license. 

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Advanced degree in a related scientific discipline, PhD preferred
  • 5+ years of hands-on research in a molecular/cellular biology laboratory
  • Background in Microbiology and/or Virology
  • Experience with animal research

Why Stanford is for You 

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak. 
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. 
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4382
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 87560