The Senior Safety Specialist, Biological Sciences/Biological Safety Officer (BSO), will act as the senior support liaison regarding recognition, assessment, and control of biological safety and biosecurity risks in research and academic spaces at The University of Texas at Dallas. The Senior Safety Specialist, Biological Sciences is highly familiar with the University biological safety program and acts as the Biological Safety Officer (BSO) for the University. The Senior Biological Safety Specialist administers Research, Campus, and Environmental Safety programs across a wide variety of laboratory settings and research support spaces. Primary functions include interfacing with and directing campus personnel, including staff, faculty, and laboratory workers in matters of biological safety and compliance. This position supports safety education, provides timely safety evaluation and hazard/risk assessment services, and facilitates comprehensive biological safety/security and support in campus operations, research spaces, academic programs, and waste management processes to ensure conformance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as broad scope license conditions and University policies and procedures.
The Senior Specialist identifies opportunities for unique control solutions and supports implementation of risk-minimization actions. Responsibilities include advising PI's and campus laboratory personnel on safety performance review/inspection outcomes and partnering with stakeholders to identify appropriate process modifications based on regulatory compliance and best practices. Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in a diverse environment are essential. The Senior Biological Safety Specialist must be able to develop and maintain strong collaborative and professional relationships with faculty, staff, students, and University support personnel while actively promoting an enhanced culture of safety.
- MS in STEM Field - Five or more years of academic research support or research safety experience or a combination of education and experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Education: PhD in Biological Science or related field
7+ years of applied biosafety involvement and relevant experience in academic/research safety, with increasing responsibilities in hazard recognition, risk assessment and control.
Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
Experienced biosafety/biosecurity subject matter expert on an established Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
Experience in the application of environmental health and occupational safety principles, biosafety, toxicology, as well as an ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations, guidance documents, and technical reports.
Experience with equipment utilized in biological science research, analytical instrumentation, and use of safety and hazard control devices.
Incident Command System (ICS) training / emergency responder experience.
An understanding and working knowledge of safety policies and procedures at the University of Texas at Dallas.
1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.
2) UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its programs and activities, including in admission and enrollment. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Director of Institutional Equity at InstitutionalEquity@utdallas.edu or the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@utdallas.edu, or call 972-883-5331.
The University of Texas at Dallas is an innovative institution in the heart of North Texas on the path to achieving Tier One national research university status.UT Dallas has grown since its founding in 1969 to include 132 degree programs, with cutting-edge curricula serving a variety of undergraduate and graduate student interests.The University continues its original commitment to providing some of the state's most-lauded science and engineering programs and has also gained prominence for a breadth of educational paths, from criminology to biomedical engineering to arts and technology.The wealth of learning resources available to UT Dallas students is the result of a concentrated effort to attract the top minds on both ends of the classroom relationship. Joining the faculty's Nobel laureate and four National Academies members since 2005 are more than 200 tenure and tenure-track professors hailing from the world's best colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Cambridge and Columbia University. In addition, UT Dallas is home to more than 50 centers, labs and institutes that facilitate research and opportunities for hands-on learning. Students, meanwhile, arrive at UT Dallas well-prepared ...to succeed in higher education: In 2011, nearly 39 percent of freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 75 percent ranked in the top 25 percent.With an eye on building a future as bright as its beginnings, UT Dallas will continue its push to attain Tier One research university status and produce graduates who are well-equipped to succeed professionally.