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Assistant Biosafety Officer

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Executive VP & Chief Oper Officer
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Other, Research / Scientific

Job Description

Reporting to the Assistant Director/University Biosafety Officer/Responsible Official, the Assistant Biosafety Officer provides professional assistance to the Virginia Tech Biosafety Office in developing, implementing, and managing biosafety and associated technical training and education programs, as well as monitoring and coordinating a comprehensive biological safety program throughout all university research and teaching facilities following federal, state, local, and granting agency's requirements.

Required Qualifications

- An advanced degree in biological sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, public health,
  related discipline OR education, training, and relevant work experience in safety, microbiology,
  molecular biology, public health, or related field that equates to an advanced degree.
- Experience with adult training techniques and development of training/educational materials.
- Experience in developing and presenting education/training programs for diverse populations.
- Experience assessing risk and recommending corrective actions.
- Experience in program development and implementation.
- Knowledge and understanding of biosafety and biosecurity principles, policies, and
- Knowledge of NIH Guidelines, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
  guidelines, and other relevant laws, regulations, and best practices.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and organize/prioritize assignments.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population and foster a collaborative work
- Proficiency with standard computer functions such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail,
  and internet navigation.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Documented Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval or ability to obtain SRA approval for
  access to select agents and toxins.

Preferred Qualifications

- Technical proficiency in standard and special microbiological practices and safety equipment
  is required to safely handle infectious agents and other biohazardous materials.
- Experience in a research and/or clinical lab work environment.
- Experience in a BSL2/ABSL2 and/or BSL3/ABSL3 work environment.
- Experience with facility and equipment management issues.
- Experience with instructional design theory and technology.
- Experience with web content management.
- Experience conducting inspections and interpreting and applying technical regulations and
- Experience in higher education or public sector work setting.
- Experience in the application of biosafety/biosecurity principles and practices.
- Documentation of or ability to obtain designation as a Registered Biological Safety
  Professional(RBP), Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or other related certification.



Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with education and experience

Review Date

Open until filled.

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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