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Assistant Director Biosafety - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Assistant Director Biosafety - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre-award administration of grants and contracts supporting investigators in developing proposals and funding strategies for their research and scholarship protection, management, and licensing of the University's intellectual property oversight of the use human subjects, animals, biological and chemical hazardous agents, select agents, blood borne pathogens, radioactive materials and lasers in research, teaching and trainingenvironmental health and safety implementation of the University's policies on conflict of interest in research and misconduct in research and scholarship and working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research and protecting the University's interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning, and oversight. The OVPR also works closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital. Additionally, the OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.


What You'll Do

The Assistant Director, Biosafety is responsible for leading a team of professionals who provide laboratory biosafety services to all campuses of Tufts University. The mission is to create, support, supervise and maintain a team of biosafety professionals to produce a safe laboratory environment that contributes to the core mission of the University. The Assistant Director provides pro-active leadership to ensure that the staff are effectively supported, trained, motivated and challenged to effectively utilize their professional skills.The ability to develop methods to support informed decision-making is an essential skill for this position. The Assistant Director works with Tufts University community members to develop programs that comply with local, state and federal regulations and contribute to the laboratory safety of the university community. This is accomplished through the implementation of a strategic vision of biosafety needs, implementation of best practices and collaboration with schools and departments whom we serve. The Assistant Director is expected to work pro-actively and collaboratively with Tufts University leadership, departments and offices, staff, students, and regulators and must be an exceptional team-builder. The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the Director/Senior Director of Laboratory Safety to implement a strategic plan for laboratory biosafety that can be implemented across all Tufts University campuses. The Assistant Director will work closely with other members of the OVPR Compliance Safety team as needed to integrate strategic planning and goals for seamless delivery of services. The Assistant Director is responsible for maintaining compliance with all federal, state and local biosafety regulations, inclusive of those involved in permitting of all BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories across all Tufts Campuses. The core mission of the Biosafety Program is to provide review, training, monitoring, auditing and support to all Tufts personnel involved in biologic laboratory work. Ideally, the Assistant Director is a scientist with laboratory experience who can aid in the design and conduct of experiments involving biological materials, and who can oversee a team of Biosafety Officers responsible for laboratory inspections as well as review of projects registrations that come before the Institutional Biosafety Committee for review and approval. The Assistant Director also serves as the Tufts Institutional Biosafety Officer and oversees all incidents and accidents involving biohazardous agents and assists other members of the program to comply with all applicable regulations and guidelines for reporting such incidents to authorities.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience typically acquired through a completion of Bachelor's or equivalent experience in a related field with at least 10 years

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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