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Biosafety Officer
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Environmental Health and Safety
Position Code:   SEHS7924A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Applicant review will begin on or around 2/15/2018 and will continue until position is filled.
Salary:   $70,000 - $80,000 (offer based on relevant experience)
Location:   Campus Site
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.


This position takes ownership of the biosafety program at the University and serves as the SME for this program and other disciplines related to environmental, health and safety within the EH&S Department programs as assigned by the EH&S Director. This position applies professional knowledge and expertise in one or more specialty areas and may serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for one or more relevant program(s) within EH&S.

This position uses sound judgment in selecting both the means and methods for obtaining desired results in terms of meeting compliance and support obligations. This position provides regulatory interpretation of biosafety obligations for laboratory practices and provides technical support and assistance for all issues involving University biological safety. This position represents EH&S and the University in meetings and conferences concerning environmental health and safety as well as biological safety including but not limited to: academic compliance committees, University campus groups and committees, the University of CA Office of the President (UCOP) groups and committees and meetings or communication with local, state and federal authorities having jurisdiction for biological safety and EH&S disciplines.

This position provides service and support to University academics, facilities, and operational departments for all biological safety matters and will provide timely and accurate interpretation of current laboratory practices and proposed laboratory practices in light of compliance obligations and best management practices exercised in the field of biological safety.



1. Research biosafety compliance: position works with research and teaching laboratories in order to ensure biosafety compliance and support to principal investigators and instructors through review and approval of laboratory safety plan supplements and at least annual laboratory compliance inspections for compliance with NIH, CDC and CA OSHA guidelines and regulatory requirements.
2. Responsible Official: position will serve as the university responsible official for the University biological select agent and toxics (BSAT) program.
3. IBC: position will serve and support the university Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) as the campus Biological Safety Officer (BSO, (duties outlined in full job description).
4. BUAs: position will review and approve university biological use authorizations (BUAs), (full list of duties outlined in Job description).
5. Biosafety Cabinets: position will oversee the management and administration of the university biosafety cabinet certification, maintenance and disinfection program.
6. Compliance Support: position will maintain a working knowledge of current regulatory requirements, university program guidelines and industry best practices in order to support biological safety in university laboratories.
7. Design Support: position will support university laboratory design, including university Project 2020 campus laboratory expansion, in reviewing, commenting and approving or rejecting facility design for biological laboratories in order to support biological safety compliance.


1. IACUC: position will serve as EH&S representative to the Institutional Animal Care and use Committee (IACUC) and support research safety performing work with animals and support occupational health and safety in animal research.
2. Animal Safety: position will develop and implement occupational health and safety program elements for the safe handling and use of animals by research staff.
3. Medical Surveillance: position will manage the medical surveillance and screening program for research personnel working with animals.


1. High Containment Lab Director Support: position will support and assist university high containment laboratory director and serve on the university high containment laboratory committee.
2. BSL3: position will provide support and assistance to research and will manage regulatory compliance and biosafety with BLS3 agents in university laboratories.
3. Grant Proposals: position will assist with the review and provide necessary comment upon university grant proposals involving biological agents and biological research.


1. Program Management: position will provide management oversight and monitoring of employee safety and health related to the prevention of employee exposure to blood borne pathogens involved in laboratory research.
2. Compliance Support: position will provide compliance monitoring and support to university research laboratory personnel in the development and implementation of blood borne pathogen Exposure Control Plans.


1. Training Program Support: position will develop and implement computer based training (CBT) programs and provide in-person training as necessary to support personnel training.
2. Training Program Review: position will provide annual review of biological safety training and adjust training program elements accordingly in order to ensure regulatory training compliance and personnel needs.


1. Team Member: position will serve as a key member of the EH&S team to provide broad based leadership, management and support to the university for all EH&S biological safety support functions.
2. Committee Representation: position will serve to represent EH&S on university and UCOP committees.
3. EH&S Support: position will support the university community for assistance with biological safety, occupational health and safety and other support functions within the BSO domain as necessary.
4. Backup: position will support the EH&S team compliance support roles and responsibilities as a backup to other EH&S team functions as necessary to support the department during team member absences or emergencies.



- Bachelor's degree in related area and 3 years of relevant experience / training. (4 years of directly relevant experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree).

- Certification as a biosafety professional (CBSP).


- MS or higher degree in Biology, Microbiology or a closely related science discipline from an accredited university and a 40-hour HAZWOPER training certification and subsequent 8-hour renewal preferred.


- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the identification, evaluation and management control of biological and occupational health and safety hazards with broad based cumulative experience in a laboratory setting.

- Ability to perform technical reviews of biosafety proposals involving the management and use of infectious agents, recombinant DNA and blood borne pathogens.

- Ability to perform technical reviews of animal research proposals involving occupational health and safety concerns, field research safety, laboratory safety and biosafety to support university research.

- Ability to design, develop and present biosafety training to university audiences.

- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with hazard analysis and hazard control including the design, development and implementation of hazard control programs including engineering controls, administrative controls, work practices and the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent accidents and injuries.

- Demonstrated, broad based working knowledge of biological safety and laboratory regulatory requirements.

- Demonstrated ability to manage a biological safety program in compliance with regulatory requirements and in support of research laboratories.

- Demonstrated ability to work with personal computers including the demonstrated knowledge and use of MS Office word processing, spreadsheet, and database software as well as the ability to learn and use UCOP database software applications for program management of biological safety.

- Training and experience in emergency response to biological safety incidents.

- Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.

- Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.


- Demonstrated high performance for punctuality, teamwork, service and support in BSO position.

- 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.

- Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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