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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is in Seattle, Washington and has over 160 laboratories biosafety level 1 and 2 as well as three biosafety level 2 with 3 practices spaces. Research being conducted includes infectious disease, human biology, clinical and basic sciences.
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is seeking an Assistant Biosafety Officer . This position, under general supervision of the Biosafety Officer, will support activities designed to provide for a safe, compliant biological research environment through inspections, risk assessments and training programs. The ABSO is responsible for various elements of the biosafety program involved in the Centers use of infectious agents and recombinant DNA. The ABSOs main duties are research, teaching, administration and safety program leadership, and oversight of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centers Biosafety Program. This position works directly with laboratories and serves as an expert source regarding biosafety best practices and containment, and ensuring compliance with all relevant state and federal regulations. This position also serves as the acting BSO while the BSO is not available or absence.
Assist the Biological Safety Officer (BSO) in the implementation of the Biosafety program covering research related pathogens, recombinant DNA and toxin use at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Coordinate and inspect facilities with organisms and materials requiring Biosafety and Animal Biosafety Level One (BSL-1/ABSL-1), Biosafety and Animal Biosafety Level Two (BSL-2/ABSL-2) and Biosafety
Level 2 with 3 practices (BSL-2/3) containment in accordance with the CDC/NIH manual, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), and local, state, federal and funding agency requirements. Responsible for inspection follow-ups and recommending to BSO or IBC corrective action if needed.
Assist with the development and delivery of biosafety training such as Herpes B, DT toxin use and ABSL2.
Provide biosafety/biosecurity-related guidance to researchers, Principal Investigators and administrators regarding codes, policies, and procedures; refer more complex issues to the BSO.
Assist Investigators with identification of appropriate biological laboratory containment levels, and strategies for hazard assessment and control.
Prepares and provides training on biosafety and biosafety work practices.
Assist with the review of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) disclosures to ensure biosafety/biosecurity practices and procedures are incorporated and implemented in research activities.
Works with researchers to ship biohazardous shipments according to IATA and DOT guidelines.
Assist in the response and investigation of laboratory-related accidents or exposures.
Prepare, update, and draft policies, guidelines, and procedures for biological hazards and processes.
Coordinate the biosafety cabinet replacement program.
Maintain the Centers lab signage program.
Act as member of Centers hazardous materials spill team.
Bachelors degree in life sciences, physical sciences, occupational safety, environmental health, or related discipline.
1 or more years experience in the field of Biosafety or 3 or more years experience in a research or clinical laboratory.
Experience in performing or assisting with laboratory safety inspections.
Competency with Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, SharePoint, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Adobe.
Teaching, presenting, or training experience.
Technical competency and laboratory experience with research involving recombinant DNA or biohazards (pathogens and toxins).
Must take initiative, be organized, be able to manage multiple priorities, work independently and work as part of a team. Strong interpersonal and excellent verbal and written communication skills, with attention to detail, are required.
Working knowledge of academic research laboratory processes, equipment and facilities, and ability to communicate complex technical issues to diverse clients.
Must have collaborative customer service attitude.
Professional certification or eligibility for certification (Certified BioSafety Professional, Registered Biosafety Professional) desired; experience in a research environment or EH&S program strongly preferred.
Ability to provide emergency services as needed including rotating on-call/off hours services.
Ability to wear a respirator.
Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
Standing for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
Lift up to 30Ibs.
Inspect laboratories or other facilities that may contain hazardous materials, equipment, or processes.
Occasional travel for safety related conferences and/or professional development.
Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our HR Operations at HRops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.