Associate Biosafety Officer
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Boston, MA

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Job Summary

Located in Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute brings together world-renowned clinicians, innovative researchers, and dedicated professionals as allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow’s physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
The Associate Biosafety Officer reports to the Biosafety Officer and is responsible for contributing to the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of the comprehensive Biological Safety Program for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Essential functions include :
Facilitates compliance with the federal, state, and University regulations, policies, and procedures governing research using recombinant DNA molecules and biological agents.
Serves as an Institutional Biosafety Committee analyst conducting project risk assessments, pre-committee analysis, and post-approval compliance monitoring.
Assists investigators and staff in interpreting regulations and guidelines for biological agents and recombinant DNA, biological agent shipping, biocontainment facility design, biosafety practices, risk assessment, work practices, decontamination and disinfection procedures, and use and maintenance of containment equipment.
Audits laboratory activities and facilities, maintain comprehensive and accurate records of inspections, and recommend appropriate safety procedures in accordance with established policies and in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Reviews Labpoint entries for biological inventory review.
Delivers training on occupational safety including biological agent-specific awareness training, OSHA bloodborne pathogen training, and DOT/IATA shipping training.
Responds to and assists with the mitigation of emergencies and spills involving biohazardous materials. Assist in the emergency response and incident investigation.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or other relevant field.
Three (3) years of progressive work experience in the biomedical research/biosafety.

Special Conditions of Employment:
Position may require employee to wear personal protective equipment, including respiratory protection.

Ability to apply federal, state, and local regulations governing the use of recombinant DNA molecules, Select Agents, or other biohazardous agents as they pertain to the DFCI biomedical research program.
Ability to prepare and interpret technical reports and maintain required records.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and external agencies.
Ability to provide guidance and training to others.
Ability to perform risk assessments of research proposals involving the use of infectious agents, recombinant DNA, and bloodborne pathogens.
Knowledge of research procedures in molecular biology and microbiology laboratories.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to wear personal protective equipment including respiratory protection.


This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.
Must be able to serve as 24 hour on call response.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an Affirmation Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce.

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