Biological Safety Officer

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 26 Mar 2023

As a biological safety officer, you will work closely with the University's occupational hygienist. In this position, you will support the entire organisation across a broad scope of biological safety aspects: genetic modification, biological agents, animal by-products, fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources (Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols), transportation of biological agents and protected species. You will assist in the implementation of laws, regulations and policy, paying particular attention to their impact on research. You will work closely with colleagues in the health and safety team.

Your key responsibilities include:

  • monitoring and advising on GMO legislation and related laws and regulations;
  • assisting researchers in carrying out a risk assessment of activities involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs);
  • reviewing risk assessments;
  • managing the central GMO administration, including risk assessments and notifications, forms and floor plans;
  • developing and regularly updating handbook and information materials for research leaders/researchers, and actively delivering them to target groups;
  • coordinating the handling of biosecurity incidents and incidents involving biological agents and conducting root cause investigations;
  • conducting internal audits in the context of compliance with regulations and organisational rules, including promoting the implementation of improvement measures;
  • advising researchers on developing work protocols.

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