Biological Safety Officer

Requisition ID: 9872

Job Title: Biological Safety Officer

Location: Duarte, CA

Position Summary

Develops and implements a comprehensive biological safety program throughout all research, clinical and service areas that meets National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Joint Commission, Department of Health, and granting and accrediting agency requirements: : Implement and maintain Biosafety practices for each research lab that will be tailored to fit the biological hazards and the needs of each; provides institutional and regulatory review of Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institute Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Occupational Safety and Biohazards Committee.

Position Accountabilities

The following are essential job accountabilities:

Will Work as part of a Multi-disciplinary Safety, Health and Environmental team; Specific duties includes: provide technical guidance to faculty and staff regarding equipment, facilities and work practices for protection of personnel, laboratories and environment from biological hazards; Review experimental designs, protocols and procedures and conducts risk assessments for activities involving hazardous Materials and recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acid to ensure safe practices in support of the, IBC; IACUC and OSBC; Participate in biological safety training for faculty, staff and students; Review plans for laboratory building construction and renovation of existing facilities to assure adherence to current Biosafety and biosecurity practices; Inspect laboratory and clinical facilities for compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to use, storage, shipping/transport, handling and disposal of potential biohazards and recombinant materials; Provide reports to the Director on deficiencies, and oversee the correction of these deficiencies. Investigate accidents in regards to Biosafety issues and develop corrective action plans; Develop and implement emergency response procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and materials; Develop budget for Biosafety programs; Respond (on call) to hazardous materials incidents as appropriate

Program Management:

  • Assists management and staff in the development and implement of safety and health procedures and policies. Biosafety Program includes, but not limited to, recombinant nucleic acids and human/animal gene transfer? infectious agents and biologically-derived toxins? and human tissues, fluids, and cells/cell cultures
  • Biosafety program designed to facilitate campus research initiatives while protecting people and the environment form the adverse effects of research.
  • Meets annual goals as discussed with Department Director. Completes project benchmarks/milestones in a timely manner.

Laboratory Hospital Inspections:

  • Performs site inspections, conduct safety analysis and hazard assessments.
  • Inspections/Audits are for the purpose of monitoring regulatory compliance and adherence to the registration requirements of various hazardous materials.
  • Meet facility, laboratory and clinical area inspection goals. Resolve deficiencies recorded during inspections. Reduction in unsafe conditions observed.

Committee Membership:

  • Responsible for reviewing and approvingresearch protocols and procedures using biohazardous material, hazardous chemicals and carcinogens, physical hazard, for use in research laboratories, human subjects, and animals.
  • Assures that appropriate safety precautions for the conduct of research are in place and confirm to regulatory, ethical, humane, institutions standards and guidelines.
  • Full compliance with all applicable regulations is maintained. More efficiency when processing research protocol applications.


  • Develop conduct training for scientists, clinicians, and healthcare and laboratory workers in general safety and BioSafety policies and practices.
  • To inform, provide guidance, and instruction regarding complex safety and BioSafety regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Completing all required training for each employee. Track and document all training activities and review training records to identify individuals who have not completed training requirements.

Personnel Management:

  • Attract, retain, develop departmental staff
  • Provide staff members with cooperation and support to further the departmental mission and vision.
  • Long term retention of qualified staff.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in the Biological Sciences or related field.

At least three years of relevant job experience managing, or assisting with the management of a Biosafety program preferably at an academic institution.

Master's Degree in Biological Science or equivalent bioscience discipline preferred.

Pref. Certification/Licensure: Member of (or will become member of) American Biological Safety Association. Certification or eligible for certification by ABSA (RBP or CBSP) is strongly preferred.

Requirements: Familiar with NIH, CDC, and California Biosafety Guidelines and Regulations.

Skills/Aptitude: Detail oriented. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Input data into computer programs. Use computer packages. Use word-processing software. Foster and promote a positive image and professional appearance

Software: Word-processing required

Machines/Equip: Req./Pref.: Air monitoring equipment. Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and other respiratory protective equipement.

Working/Environmental Conditions:Potential exposure to microbiological hazards. Occasional prolonged standing/walking. Lifts supplies/equipment. Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching

Communication: Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.#LI-RA #CB-RA

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