Jobs at Harvard – Biosafety Officer

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Job Description:

The Biosafety Officer is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Harvard University Biosafety and Laboratory Safety Programs at the Longwood campus in Boston, Massachusetts. This position is under the supervision of the Director of Laboratory Safety & Biosafety and will perform duties in Biosafety and Laboratory Safety in a multi-disciplinary Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) environment with strong emphasis on research laboratory safety (biological and chemical safety, occupational safety & health, industrial hygiene and radiation protection). The primary purpose of this position is to provide services directly to the clients through field consultations, technical assistance, inspections, training, protocol review, data collection and analysis. This position also provides emergency response support on a team rotation basis. As a member of the EH&S team, this person works together with the Laboratory Safety staff to assist with the development of university-wide biosafety and lab safety programs.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct laboratory inspections and compliance reviews of laboratories (BL1 to BL3, in vitro and in vivo work with rDNA), research animal facilities, and other support facilities that use recombinant DNA technology and biological agents. Consult with Principal Investigators and laboratory personnel on inspection findings and provide appropriate recommendations based on regulatory compliance and best practice guidance (including NIH Guidelines).
  • Review grant applications, animal experimentation protocols, and IBC applications.
  • Assist laboratory clients with identification of appropriate biological laboratory containment levels, and strategies for hazard assessment and control.
  • Maintain and update records of laboratory inspections, internal and external correspondence and investigations. Monitors completion of required tasks such as inspections, lab permit/registration renewals, regulatory filings and takes action (with School, EH&S and Labs) to complete in a timely manner.
  • Prepare and conduct training including biological safety, OSHA bloodborne pathogens, chemical, general, and physical protection in laboratories, hazardous materials shipping, and other customized trainings as needed.
  • Prepare, update, and draft policies, guidelines, and procedures for biological hazards and processes.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology, molecular biology, safety, industrial hygiene, lab safety, engineering or other related discipline is required, with relevant experience in biological and laboratory safety. Working knowledge of academic research laboratory processes, equipment and facilities, and ability to communicate complex technical issues to diverse clients.

Job Details:

Company: Harvard

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: New Haven, CT, US

Application Deadline: N/A


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