Safety/Biosafety Officer

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Bedford Park, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: ;

Position Details
Position Information

Position Title Safety/Biosafety Officer
Requisition # S01141P
FLSA Exempt
Location IIT-Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), Bedford Park, IL
Department Institute of Food Safety and Health
The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a consortium among IIT, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), and the food industry. The Moffett Campus houses IIT scientists, faculty and staff and FDA scientists of CFSAN’s Division of Food Processing Science and Technology physically co-located in the building. IFSH is a unique and one-of-a-kind institute in the nation where FDA, academia and the industry join forces and conduct research in a neutral ground to address major national food safety and nutrition issues. This includes BSL 2 & 3 laboratories, GMP certified space and pilot plant capabilities. The position of Safety/Biosafety Officer will lead the safety and biosafety programs at the Institute for Food Safety and Health.
Strong written, electronic, and verbal communication skills with FDA and IFSH/IIT stakeholders, internally and externally.
Provides customer service in support of staff and scientists at IIT and FDA.
Special Schedule Requirements
EEOC Statement
Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity, inclusion and diversity. It is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and actively seeks applications from individuals of all backgrounds and identities regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, age, unfavorable discharge from the military, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation including gender identity and expression, order of protection status, and/or genetic information. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.


Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree (preferred) or higher in Food Science, Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering or related field with 5 or more years of safety management with a preference towards BSL3 level experience, or equivalent credentials.
Knowledge & Skills
Requires exceptional project management skills; ability to work autonomous as well as with others; leadership skills; ability to handle confidential and sensitive information; organizational skills and multi-tasking. Advanced computer skills including MS Office, SharePoint, Zoom, Acrobat and/or Canvas etc. Willing to learn other software as needed.
This is an individual contributor role that works independently with minimal guidance while working closely with other IIT IFSH scientists, and daily interactions with FDA scientists.
Physical Environment and Requirements
  • Normal office environment
  • Laboratory environment
  • Other Physical Environment Spends about 25% of time in office and 75% in lab areas.

Certifications and Licenses

List any certifications or licenses that are either required or helpful in performing the job, designating whether required or preferred.
Preferred EPA Hazardous Waste Training (RCRA); DOT and IATA training and certification for Dangerous Goods shipping; and CPR/AED training

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibility
  • Implement, train and enforce IFSH Safety/Biosafety Policy. Chair/co-chair IFSH Safety Committee, lead annual review of all safety policies, and write new safety policies as necessary, and lead COVID safety efforts.
  • Responsible for conducting annual safety refresher training, new employee/student safety training, and annual facilities team safety training.
  • Responsible for running annual internal safety inspections for Moffett.
  • Manage safety-related compliance/inspection such as fire extinguisher inspections, AED inspections, fire alarm and sprinkler inspections, OSHA compliance issues, etc.
  • Responsible for required annual EPA EPCRA Tier II reporting and RCRA training. Serve as part of Emergency Response team for IFSH, maintain Emergency Contact lists and protocols, and lead & document annual safety drills.
  • Investigate and report accidents and safety incidents.
  • Responsible for required annual EPA Potentially Infectious Medical Waste reporting. Maintain DOT & IATA training & certification for Dangerous Goods shipping.
Percentage Of Time 60
Key Responsibility
Manage and support the Select Agent program. Includes serving as point of contact for CDC inspection and annual FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Discussion, implementing IFSH Respiratory Protection Plan in relation to select agent work (fit testing/health testing for BSL3/4 suits), implementing Select Agent annual training, and executing and documenting drills to comply with CDC FSAP guidelines.
Percentage Of Time 15
Key Responsibility
Manage BSL3 lab and bio-containment pilot plant certifications. Work closely with external contractors and IFSH facilities team to manage and implement preventive maintenance, improvements, and general functionality of 91E with the ultimate goal of maintaining BSL3 certification and compliance with the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) guidelines for Select Agent work. Hands on work may be required depending on the task (i.e., ensuring Effluent Decontamination System (EDS) functionality and performance).
Percentage Of Time 15
Key Responsibility
Provide IFSH investigators with laboratory support as needed.
Percentage Of Time 10

Posting Information

Work Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM, Other Hours Vary
Position Category Full Time
Posting Date 01/04/2023
Closing Date
Posted Until Filled No
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