University of Pennsylvania BIOSAFETY OFFICER A/B in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 83-28458


School Name Provost's Center

Org Environmental Health and Safety

Posted to the Web 04/05/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 027

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9:00-5:00pm

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House.


Under the limited direction of the Associate Director for Biological Safety Programs / Institutional Biosafety Officer, perform duties of an Associate Biological Safety Officer (Biosafety Officer). The Associate Biosafety Officer provides technical guidance to faculty and staff regarding equipment, facilities and work practices for protection of personnel, laboratories and environment from biological hazards; Reviews experimental design, protocols and procedures and conducts risk assessments; Provides oversight and training for ABSL-3 and/or BSL-3 research programs; Reviews research grant applications, proposals, and activities involving hazardous materials and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid (rsNA) research to ensure safe practices in support of the University’s IACUC, IBC and IRB; Participates in biological safety training for faculty, staff and students; Inspects research facilities for compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to use, handling, and disposal of potential biohazards and rsNA; Investigates accidents in regards to Biosafety issues and develops corrective action plans; Develops and implements emergency response procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and materials; Responds (on call) to hazardous materials incidents as appropriate and consults on research laboratory operations and security.


Biosafety Officer A (Assistant Biosafety Officer) position requires BA/BS, Master’s degree preferred in a biological science with a minimum of 3-5 years of hands on experience in a research laboratory and 0-3 years of experience in the field of biological safety preferably in a biomedical research facility.Biosafety Officer B (Associate Biosafety Officer) position requires a Masters Degree, Ph.D. preferred in biological science (i.e., microbiology, bacteriology, virology etc.) or related field, possessing documented Microbiology training and work experience. In addition to education, 5 – 7 years hands-on experience in a biomedical research laboratory or related combination of education and experience; 5 years or more experience in the field of biological safety in a biomedical research facility; Experience with molecular biology techniques; Experience working in or supervising BSL-3 containment research; Experience working with select agents or managing select agents research is strongly preferred; Documented evidence of training program development.Certification or eligible for certification by ABSA (RBP or CBSP) is strongly preferred; Working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines; excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills; Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications. Special Requirements: The abilities to respond and move rapidly and frequently without restrictions, transport up to 30 pounds or more, and wear respiratory protection are required. A valid driver’s license also is required. Any offer of as well as continued employment in the position may be contingent upon successful completion of a DOJ/FBI Security Risk Assessment for individuals seeking access to select biological agents and toxins, and receipt and maintenance of appropriate clearance in connection with the same.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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