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Assistant Biosafety Officer (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - 2673 - 2673
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 11, 2019
Title Assistant Biosafety Officer (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - 2673 - 2673
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Assistant Biosafety Officer (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - 2673 - 2673

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 21, 2019

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship. EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.

The Assistant Biosafety Officer serves as a technical associate to the Campus Biosafety Officer and Associate Biosafety Officer, ensuring the safe use of campus biological agents, recombinant DNA and biohazards in accordance with NIH Guidelines and other applicable regulations; and provides support to other laboratory safety programs. The biosafety team supports the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB).

For more information about EH&S, visit

  • Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in biosafety.
  • Serves as a technical associate to the Campus Biosafety Officer, ensuring the safe use of campus bioagents and biohazards
  • Performs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field.
  • Serves as the primary point person for communications and documentation of the biosafety program including but not limited to ensuring the EH&S Biosafety Program web-site provides guidance that is helpful and current, and periodically communicating with BUA holders regarding their BUA/training status, composing BUA approval letters, and other relevant information.
  • Performs technical work, and conducts sampling and/or monitoring related to field(s) of expertise
  • Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures
  • Monitors compliance of programs within area of responsibility: Biosafety
  • Prepares for CLEB Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) for laboratories that work with toxins and/or human or nonhuman blood, body fluids, tissues, cell or cell lines, recombinant DNA, plant and animal pathogens, and transgenic species to ensure compliance with CDC, NIH and other applicable university, federal and state regulations and requirements
  • Works with the Office of Technology Licensing and EH&S Shipping Specialist on bio-related shipping requests to ensure compliance with DOT and IATA guidelines.
  • Conducts biosafety inspections of laboratories that work with human, plant or animal pathogens and recombinant DNA.
  • Identifies corrective actions and writes reports. Responsible for inspection follow-up for entire biosafety program and recommending to BSO appropriate corrective actions as needed.
  • Conducts periodic audits of agent inventory to verify BUA accuracy.
  • Provides guidance to researchers in the field or laboratory regarding safe work practices.
  • Reviews animal use protocols for the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) for chemical and biosafety compliance
  • Provides animal biosafety training and orientation for animal biohazard containment facility.
  • Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends or coordinates corrective action as needed.
  • Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data.
  • Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. **See Governing Laws and Regulations below.
  • Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.

Staff Development:
  • Works on committees and assignments along with formal and informal coaching and mentoring and regular training, including conference attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned, including:
  • Participate in department-wide projects and programs, including workgroups that support lab safety culture change initiative and other like initiatives.
  • At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release.
  • Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
  • May be assigned as a member of Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT).
  • If assigned to serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DURT program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational qualifications, and a medical baseline (physical) will be required upon assignment.

Governing Laws and Regulations:

    Required Qualifications
    • Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.
    • Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
    • Knowledge of laboratory safety, including biosafety cabinet operation, fume hoods and laboratory ventilation, personal protective equipment, and chemical.
    • Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. Demonstrated ability to respond to emergencies and critical situations appropriately in a research setting.
    • Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
    • Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.

    • Bachelors degree in physical or life sciences and three years of professional experience in the field of laboratory biosafety and

    /or equivalent experience/training.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP) or Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or preparing to become a CIH, CBSP, or RBP.
    • Professional certification and degree in public health, microbiology or other biological discipline preferred.

    Salary & Benefits

    This position is an exempt, monthly paid position., Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range $67,500.00 - $98,900.00.

    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

    How to Apply

    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

    Conviction History Background

    This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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