BIOSAFETY/BIOSECURITY OFFICER
University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH

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Under general direction of designated administrator, the incumbent is responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating and maintaining a comprehensive biological safety and security management program and blood borne pathogen program for the research divisions of Agriculture and Biosciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Health and Human Services, Marine and Ocean Sciences, Sustainability and the Environment and Research Institutes and Centers at UNH. The incumbent will ensure compliance with the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and regulations and will manage the biological safety and security and blood borne pathogen training program for research faculty, staff and students.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications

1. Master's degree in Environmental Health and Safety or related discipline and seven years of professional experience in environmental health and safety or related field, including two years as supervisor; or Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health and Safety or related discipline and nine years of experience, including four as a manager.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
3. Strong administrative and supervisory skills.
4.Professional certification or license in technical discipline, or ability to obtain such certification.
5. Comprehensive knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized codes and guidelines as related to specialized environmental health and safety functions, as required by position.
6. Valid driver's license.
7. Computer skills, including applicable software applications, spreadsheets and database management.
8. Must be able to wear and use appropriate protective equipment as necessary.
9. Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform duties and responsibilities of the program as described by the department.
10. Ability to respond promptly in-person to research location requiring environmental health and safety services.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:
1. Significant management experience in environmental health and safety in a research area.
2. Proven environmental health and safety program development experience.

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Additional Job Information:
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has established a comprehensive biological safety and security management program and blood borne pathogen program that supports University sponsored expenditures of $118 million in FY 2012 and oversees the safe use of 1,330 different microorganisms in over 100 laboratories at UNH, UNHM, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station farm operations and the marine research centers at Durham Point and New Castle.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required documents at the time of application: cover letter and resume.

Additional optional documents:
Three professional references contact information, digital images and recent publications.

Is this position responsible for the supervision of staff?

Yes, this position is responsible for supervision

If yes, what kind of staff does this person supervise?

Work Study Students/Hourly Students

Special Requirements:
Background check may be required prior to employment.

Safety Information

None applicable

EEO Statement

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

EEO Information

10-Executive/Admin and Managerial

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Manages activities related to the identification, handling, storage, transportation and disposal of research generated biohazardous and recombinant and synthetic DNA materials. Prepares and maintains training records, biological shipping papers and reports. Researches waste treatment and disposal technologies to identify methods required to comply with current and anticipated regulations and for the proper handling of atypical, difficult to dispose of research generated biohazardous materials and waste. Assures campus compliance with the safe handling, use, storage, transportation, and disposal of biohazardous agents (including bacteria, toxins of biological origin, viruses, fungi, rickettsia, prions, protozoans, parasites, and recombinant and synthetic DNA molecules) for all research contracts and grants. Serves as the Alternate Responsible Official for UNH as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Select Agent Program and the National Institutes of Health's Office of Biotechnology Activities. Coordinates with other OEHS program areas and federal, state and local agencies. Collaborates with other university research divisions and Associate Deans of Research as needed.

Provides expert technical consultation, management and oversight of research biological safety and biosecurity training programs to assure compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements. Develops and conducts biological safety training and bloodborne pathogen training for research faculty, associate deans, staff, and students and tracks participants. Responds to inquiries from the university research community, regulatory agencies or other public officials and groups regarding the campus research biological safety and security programs.

Provides management and oversight for developing and implementing the campus Infectious Waste Management Plan to assure compliance with the safe handling, use, transportation, and disposal of research generated biohazardous waste. Develops and maintains an autoclave testing/certification program to comply with State of New Hampshire Infectious Waste Rules.

Serves as a technical resource to the research faculty, staff and administration regarding biological safety and biosecurity. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all levels of university faculty, staff and support employees, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Be available for after hour emergency response. Accepts additional duties, as required, to meet departmental goals and responsibilities.

Serves as a member and administrator of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Reviews research protocols involving biohazardous materials and recombinant DNA techniques for the IBC and determines regulatory status of research infectious and recombinant materials generated by research and teaching activities. Assists research faculty, staff, and students with all matters related to biosafety. Develops and maintains the biological safety and biosecurity management plans for the campus. Maintains and submits records of serious adverse events to research protocols registered with IBC.

Provides management and oversight of biological safety and biosecurity surveys of campus research facilities and operations for conditions and potential conflicts of applicable federal and state health and safety standards. Recommends personal protective equipment for research with biohazardous agents. Audits research laboratories using biohazardous agents and communicate findings to researchers and management. Investigates accidents and incidents involving biohazardous agents. Determines if research activities comply with NIH and CDC rules and regulations. Works collaboratively with research faculty, staff and students to successfully implement best management practices.

Develops biological safety resources, educational material, fact sheets, and white papers for university, college, department and/or community research activities. Develops biological safety webpages and keep updated and accurate. Develops and maintains a database of all biohazardous agents used in research activities at UNH. Develops and maintains a biological safety cabinet testing/certification program database. Develops and maintains an autoclave testing/certification program database. Assists with the Dangerous Goods Shipping Program for the shipment of etiological agents. Assists with the management of the UNH Food Safety and Security Program.

Manages response to biological hazardous materials incidents at university research facilities. Directs appropriate internal and external resources of staff, equipment and expertise to properly and safely mitigate hazards and address the emergency. Determines status of reportable biological releases to the environment and notifies regulatory agencies of the occurrence. Serves as technical adviser to the Town of Durham Fire Department Incident Commander during emergency response efforts.

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