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Subject: Cornell University Job Opportunity - Associate Biosafety Officer

Here is an opportunity to work in beautiful Ithaca, NY !!

Interested applicants must apply online at the Jobs at Corn ell web site:


Select the "Staf f (non-academic) and Librarian" link and search for job number 15514.


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Jerry Gordon

Research Safety Programs Manager

Cornell University

Department of Environmental Health & Safety

395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 210

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 255-3314

fax (607) 255-8267


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Requisition ID 15514 - Associate Biosafety Officer


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Descr iption


In collaboration with th e Biosafety Officer, the Associate Biosafety Officer (ABSO) will manage fun ctions supporting the Cornell University Biosafety program for the Ithaca c ampus and outlying facilities, except for the Weill Medical College & Q atar.  The overall goals are to prevent and reduce the incidence and s everity of diseases and injuries associated with the possession and use of biohazardous agents in scientific research and education and to assist the Cornell community in achieving compliance with applicable laws, regulations , standards, guidelines and best professional practices.  The ABSO wil l conduct risk assessment on behalf of the University, identify potential h azards and degree of risk, provide recommendations for solution, and lead a nd implement actions to limit/eliminate liability and safety concerns for t he University. The Associate Biosafety Officer provides leadership and expe rtise in the area of biological safety to Cornell University supporting and advancing research and the safety of our community.

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The Associate Biosafe ty Officer will be responsible for developing and overseeing programs, proc edures, and policies including:  

·         Biosafety management of assigned programs,  including but not limited to :

o    Program development and implementation for highly sensitive bio safety research protocols and projects.

< ![if !supportLists]>o    Comprehensive biosafety risk assessments and evaluations of biomaterial research and animal protocols a nd animal use areas

o  & nbsp; Accidents, injuries, illnesses and exposure inve stigations

o    IBC and IACUC committee work

o    Education and trainin g programs

o    Responsible for providing high level technical and regulatory advice/expertise in the area of biological safety 

·        ;  Serving as the Alternate Responsible Official (ARO) for  future Select Agent program

·         Providing emergency response for biosafety incidents

·         Collaborating with the research compliance organizati on and PI's

·         Participating in various ca mpus health and safety committees

·          Facil itating compliance with regulatory and best practice requirements as contai ned in laws, regulations, guidelines and standards


Other specifics of this r ole, include:

·         working as part of a team in EH&S and with various campus groups

·         ability to clearly explain procedures and situations, and influencin g others to   comply with regulations and guidelines

·         conducting oral presentations that communicate info rmation and explaining procedures accurately to faculty, staff and students

·         handling a variety of job-related topi cs on short or no notice

·         speaking with persons of various social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.

·         establishing rapport and gaining trust of others

&m iddot;          setting priorities which accu rately reflect the importance of the job responsibilities.  Developing education and training classes working independently and following through on work assignments with minimal direction.


Ours is a values based organiz ation where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of collegiality, integrity initiative, excellence, civility and ste wardship.  EH&S employees are required to attend staff development training.  The candidate will participate in and/or lead performance evaluation including dialogues, assessments, etc.  The incumbent must support university sustainability goals.



Master's degree in microbiology, public health, biological s cience, veterinary sciences, industrial hygiene or other related field with at least 3 years of related work experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.  Position requires a proven work ing knowledge of a wide range of health and safety regulations.  Candi date must have knowledge of biosafety principles, policies and procedures i ncluding NIH and CDC guidelines and have provided biosafety support to an I BC or IACUC committee.  Experience working directly with external agen cies.  Eligibility for certification or registration as a Biosafety Pr ofessional by the American Biological Safety Association.  Knowledge o f laboratory equipment, such as biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, and autocl aves. Must meet current requirements of federal, state and local regulation s required to carry out the duties of this position such as achieving secur ity clearances, e.g. US Patriot Act as required by Select Agents and Toxins regulations. Specialized knowledge and skills applicable to the state of t he art research such as recombinant DNA techniques, infectious agents, and biological toxins. Must be skilled in reviewing laboratory research protoco ls.  Demonstrated skills in communicating safety laws, regulations and best practices through presentation of training courses, etc.  Effect ive leadership and interpersonal skills to effectively lead and mentor coll eagues. Requires use of good judgment in sensitive situations with employee s at all levels within the University community.  Demonstrated use of Microsoft Suite products, to complete work, Word, Excel and Power Point, et c.  Ability to gather and analyze information to solve problems and pr oven ability to organize material and information in a systematic way.


Prove n track record of meeting competing deadlines and within budget.  Abil ity to work in a diverse culture. 


Must have a valid NYS Driver's lice nse and a good driving record, and must successfully pass a required backgr ound check.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical for the use of respiratory protection equipment and for hazardous materials emergency resp onder work.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New Y ork, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best pra ctices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outre ach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

Job - Environmental Health and Safety

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Organi zation - EH&S Laboratory Safety< span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";font-weight: normal'>

Schedule - Full-time

Job Type - Stan dard

Over time Status - Exempt 

Contact Name < span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";font-weight: normal'>- Tammy Dunlop

Target Closing Date - Ongoing

Number of Openings - 1

University Job Title - Environmental Health Specialist II

Level - G

Sector* - Endowed

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