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Miami, Florida
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3-5 years
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Bachelor's Degree

BioSafety Officer

Florida International University is Miami’s public research university. FIU is focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 35 programs in the top 100 in the nation among public universities, including 15 in the top 50.FIU is a top U.S. research university with more than $200 million in annual expenditures and is designated as an “Emerging Preeminent State Research University” by the Florida Board of Governors.

FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of  the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

BioSafety Officer
Serves as the primary EH&S point of contact for acquisition, use, storage, and disposal of biological materials and nanomaterials. Oversees and maintains programs, systems, and controls to better monitor and reports on all nanomaterial and biohazardous material types, amounts, and locations as such may be required by various regulatory agencies. 

  • Serve as liaison with governmental and voluntary agencies, other educational institutions, commercial and industrial establishments and other personnel on matters involving biological safety and nanosafety; assure timely reporting, tracking the status of corrective action items for regulatory compliance, implementation of corrective action plans, and timely notification to the EH&S Assistant Director regarding conditions of nonconformance/compliance. Y
  • Develops and maintains cooperative communication and working relationships with the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), all Academic units and Support functions within the Institution.
  • Manages import, export, waste disposal, and other associated permits for nanomaterials and biohazardous materials; ensures compliance with all permit requirements and payment of permit fees
  • Participates as a member of the EH&S Emergency Response Team and meets all necessary obligations to respond to environmental, biological, radiological or chemical release or contamination emergencies during nonbusiness hours
  • Participates in construction plan reviews for biosafety level two (BSL2) and nanomaterial facilities in collaboration with FIU Building Department and Facilities Management; conducts pre-occupancy checks for all BSL2 and nanomaterial laboratories and participates in proper laboratory commissioning and decommissioning.
  • Manages and oversees all aspects of the FIU Nanosafety and Biomedical Safety Programs, including maintaining and updating associated manuals and procedures to reflect state-of-art laboratory safety practices and University policies/procedures.
  • Provides EH&S representation at campus meetings as a professional EH&S resource and liaison for chemical and biological safety related programs; attends special events as needed to support the overall mission of EH&S and FIU
  • Participates in and provides technical guidance to the FIU Compliance Committees for Recombinant DNA, Animal Research, Human Research, Lab Safety, and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
  • Maintain understanding of current trends, changes in biological safety and nanomaterial regulations and maintains knowledge of codes, standards and procedures in safety through publications, interdepartmental training, and continuing education courses.
  • Maintain understanding of current trends, changes in biological safety and nanomaterial regulations and maintains knowledge of codes, standards and procedures in safety through publications, interdepartmental training, and continuing education courses.
  • Provides support for the management of the FIU Job Safety Analysis (JSA) program; consults with faculty, staff and students on research process involving biohazardous and nano materials; perform lab risk and hazard assessments
  • Manages, communicates and maintains appropriate quality control systems to inspect, monitor, and manage all nanomaterials and biological hazardous materials, working closely with building managers, project managers, laboratory personnel, contractors as needed.
  • Organizes and chairs the FIU Nanosafety committee select and communicate with committee members. Coordinates meetings as required; review research protocols and activities related to nanoparticle use and development; report high-level concerns to the FIU Laboratory Safety Committee
  • Identifies, documents and corrects any unsafe nanomaterial and biological, storage, or disposal; Inspects damaged and malfunctioning equipment during all nanosafety and biological safety inspections and audits.
  • Develops and implements emergency response procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and nanomaterials.
  • Conducts nanomaterial and biological inspections, risk assessments and inquiries, including investigating all lab related material use, storage or disposal complaints.
  • Provides necessary nanomaterial, biological and laboratory safety training as necessary or as requested.
  • Develops comprehensive biosafety and nanosafety educational and outreach programs for academic and clinical/research laboratories
  • Compiles biological safety inspection reports, research protocol status summaries, quarterly reports, and conduct other administrative functions that support biological safety and nanosafety programs
  • Manages the EH&S Occupational Health Program in collaboration with ORED, departmental units, and outside contractors; coordinate medical monitoring with the medical provider
  • Investigates all injuries and incidents involving potential exposure to biohazardous and/or nano materials; develop corrective action plans
  • Assists in preparing the EH&S annual Lab Safety budget, including tracking and controlling all expenditures within assigned budget area of responsibility.
  • Identifies, evaluates, recommends and implements University policies, departmental work procedures and industry best practices to assure awareness of and compliance with all appropriate biohazard and nanoparticle material acquisition, use, transfer, transport, storage, and disposal
  • Serves as alternate for the EH&S Assist. Director and other Lab Safety Team members
  • Performs special assignments as deemed appropriate to the accomplishment of the department's mission in service to the University and the division. Performs other assigned health and safety responsibilities that support the department's overall functions, as needed.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate specialization and six (6) years of appropriate experience or Master's degree in an appropriate specialization and four (4) years of appropriate experience.

Departmental Requirements:

  • Experience and expertise in the field of laboratory biosafety knowledge of bio-medical laboratory safety practices and nanomaterials.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, or related major.
  • Prior work experience as a Biosafety Officer, or similar position.
  • Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or Certified Biosafety Professional (CBP) preferred OR the ability to obtain within the first year of employment
  • Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency (HAZWOPER) certified
  • Knowledge of advanced features in Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.
  • Knowledge of Health, Safety and Environmental regulations and their application.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures regarding safety practices for biological and nanomaterials.
  • Knowledge and understanding of biosafety and nanosafety principles, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs, seminars, and/or workshops
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage programs
  • Ability to interact effectively with others.
  • Ability to respond to crisis situations.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds of weight.
  • Effective analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent communication (oral & written) skills.
  • Effective investigative and problem-solving skills

Advertised Salary:

  • $50,000 - $55,000


  • Criminal Background Check
  • Driver's License Check
  • Fingerprinting Check

Other Information:

  • On call 24 hour by 7 day for possible emergency situations.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
  • Travel to FIU Campus


For further information or to apply online use the "Apply for this Job" link on this posting and reference job opening ID # 520094


FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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