New England Biological Safety Association

Happy National Biosafety Month - October 2016!  

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List of current job postings (scroll down to view details)
  • Laboratory Research Safety Manager, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA (posted 11/29/18)
  • Biosafety Officer, EHS Office Biosafety Program, Mass. General Hospital, Boston MA (posted 11/26/18)
  • Senior Compliance Specialist, Safety Committees Program, Boston University, Boston MA (posted 10/9/18)

Laboratory Research Safety Manager, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Posted 11/29/18

The Laboratory Research Safety Manager will partner with researchers and faculty across the campus to ensure laboratory research and courses are conducted safely and according to federal, state and local regulations and institutional guidelines. The Laboratory Research Safety Manager is responsible for managing, providing technical guidance, training, and risk assessment of the campus-wide Biological and Radiation safety programs to ensure a safe environment in which to facilitate research and the pursuit of academic excellence. The Research Safety program ensures that institutional policies and procedures relating to the safe conduct of research activities are followed. These policies and procedures are used as a foundation for research safety and environmental health programs throughout the MBL.


The Laboratory Research Safety Manager collaborates and works closely with the Environmental Health & Safety Manager for areas where laboratory safety responsibilities overlap. The Laboratory Research Safety Manager ensures that safety equipment is tested and/or calibrated as needed.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Develops, implements, and updates all research safety programs for Biological and Radiation safety, collaborating with Division of Research, Division of Education and Veterinary Services. Develops, implements, and updates applicable safety documents including Biological Safety Manual, Laser Safety Manual, and Radiation Safety Manual. Assists laboratories with associated lab specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) as required.
  2. Develops, implements and maintains lab specific documents, policies, and procedures related to Select Agents and Toxins, and US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Controlled Substances. Provides for the acquisition, use and disposal of DEA Controlled Substances in research and teaching laboratories. Ensures compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations governing the use of Controlled Substances. Serves as the MBL’s Corporate Administrator as required by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Import/Export Unit.
  1. Coordinates laboratory inspections/audits as needed with the EH&S Manager to minimize disruption of routine laboratory processes due to multiple inspections/audits and maintains all records. Conduct laboratory inspections and compliance reviews of laboratories (BSL1/BSL2, research animal facilities, tissue culture rooms, and other support facilities that use recombinant DNA technology and biological agents) determined by risk level, for unsafe conditions and work practices. Investigates accidents, recommends corrective actions, and performs follow-up verification of deficiency correction status for Radiation and Biological Safety Programs.
  2. Collaborates with principal investigators, research teams, faculty, staff and institutional research oversight committees [e.g. the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC),the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)] on a regular basis as a partner in addressing research safety needs, meeting as often as necessary to discuss research work performed, safety risks, training and safety material and equipment needs and other measures to mitigate risk.
  3. Maintains proficiency in regulations and standards while providing Biological, Radiation and Laser safety subject matter expertise and support to principal investigators, research teams, faculty, staff and institutional research oversight committees.
  4. Assist laboratory clients with identification of appropriate biological laboratory containment levels, and strategies for hazard assessment and control and works with principal investigators, research teams, faculty, staff and institutional research oversight committees to assess Biological, Radiation and Laser safety risks and develop appropriate safety controls for research experiments or procedures with significant safety risks in conjunction with the Division of Research Director when needed.
  5. Reviews grant applications, IACUC protocols, and IBC research protocols to provide assistance to principal investigators, research teams, faculty, and staff in developing IRB support, IBC, IACUC, and Radiation Safety protocols in collaboration with the Division of Research, Division of Education, and Animal Care Facility Attending Veterinarians.
  6. Collaborates with principal investigators, research teams, faculty, and staff to determine safety training needs for Biological, Radiation Safety, and Laser Safety. Develops and conducts training to meet identified needs. Determines training elements needed and provides team specific training as needed including Biosafety; OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Select Agents and Toxins, Radiation Safety, Laser Safety, DEA Controlled Substance, Hazardous Materials Shipping, and other customized trainings, as needed.
  7. Collaborate with other EH&S divisions to implement multi-disciplinary programs including biological, chemical and physical hazard exposure monitoring, animal experimentation protocols, and other program areas.  Develop written plans, training modules, fact sheets, and other communications.
  8. Serves as the designated Radiation Safety Officer for the MBL’s Radioactive Materials License, and as the MBL’s Laser Safety Officer for non-ionizing radiation. Manages the MBL’s program for the removal and disposal of radioactive waste and radiation generating devices.
  9. Manages the removal and disposal of biological and radiological waste from laboratories and accumulation areas as required by Federal and Massachusetts regulations. Works with vendors for coordinating waste pickups and pricing. Coordinates with EH&S Manager as needed related to waste disposal.
  10. Manages and/or conducts testing and certifying of critical laboratory equipment - verifying systems and procedures are in place for compliance of laboratory safety equipment (i.e. biosafety cabinets, chemical fume hoods, autoclaves, Liquid Scintillation counters). Ensures that safety equipment is tested and/or calibrated as needed.
  11. Functions as a backup for duties performed by EH&S Manager when needed. Works closely with EH&S Manager to coordinate safety activities as needed.
  12. Serves as a member of the Safety Committee, IBC, IACUC and Radiation Safety Committee.
  13. Monitors compliance with Biological, Radiation Safety and Laser Safety requirements and provides information and data reports to committees as required.
  14. Performs all other duties as required and/or assigned.


Skills Required: 

Knowledge of federal, state and local environmental health and safety regulations. Knowledge of Laboratory safety and chemical, biological, radiological and physical hazards required. Must be detail oriented and able to prepare documents and reports as necessary. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including creating charts and graphs.

Requires management and team leadership skills. Ability to communicate effectively, maintain professionalism, credibility, confidentiality (as needed) and good service delivery practice when dealing with internal and external contacts.

Ability to mentally and physically react effectively, quickly, calmly and rationally during times of conflict and emergencies required.



Master’s degree in a scientific discipline – Biological Science preferred, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, relevant certifications preferred (i.e., Certified Biological Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional, Registered Biological Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, safety management certificate). Graduate program laboratory experience may serve as professional experience, depending on the nature of the experience.


Five plus years of experience in a laboratory setting or related industry (research laboratory, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, etc.). Experience or knowledge regarding biological safety including pathogenic microorganisms (e.g. infectious dose, natural reservoirs, routes of transmission, communicability, environmental stability, antibiotic sensitivities/resistance, and sensitivities to disinfectants) in biosafety/laboratory safety practices required). Working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines.


For full job description and to apply:


Biosafety Officer, EHS Office Biosafety Program -  Mass. General Hospital, Boston, MA 

posted 11/26/18

MGH has an opportunity for a Biosafety Officer position to help support the growing Biosafety Program. This candidate will help ensure the safe, compliant, and responsible conduct of biological research; provide leadership and technical expertise in the area of biological safety to the research and hospital communities; participate in a Biosafety Program involving strong, collaborative interactions with principal investigators, postdocs, lab staff and students; assist with incident investigations, including follow-up, corrective action plans and regulatory reporting requirements; serves as an alternate member of the Partners Institutional Biosafety Committee (PIBC); facilitates the PIBC biological research registration program by conducting comprehensive risk assessments including the review of experimental design and procedures prior to committee submission via an on-line registration system; ensures institutional compliance with local, state and federal regulations and guidelines pertaining to use, handling, shipping and disposal of biological materials, including recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids; assists in conducting and developing biosafety and IATA shipping trainings; conducts laboratory inspections and maintains database; assists in providing comprehensive oversight of a wide range of biological research, including interaction with and protocol review of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions as related to biological research.

Job Requirements
Undergraduate degree in microbiology, molecular biology, virology or related field; at least two years of related work experience; ability to develop strong working relationships with researchers conducting a range of biological research; strong oral and written communication skills; self-motivation; detail orientation; and ability work effectively with people at all levels. Must be able to meet monthly deadlines for protocol inclusion on PIBC agenda; knowledge of NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (2016) and the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories; certification such as RBP or CBSP, or eligible, preferred; participation in trainings and drills conducted with the hospital’s Biothreats Response Team and occasionally carry off-hours pager.

If interested please apply through the MGH HR website:

Senior Compliance Specialist, Safety Committees Program, Boston University, Boston, MA

Posted 10/9/18

The Senior Compliance Specialist (SCS) for the Safety Committees Program (SCP) is a key position within the BU Office of Research Integrity.  Reporting to the Assistant Director for Research Integrity, the SCS is  responsible for contributing to the success of the SCP by assisting with the development, oversight and monitoring of compliance processes to promote and facilitate compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and institutional policies.

Key responsibilities include: working with and supporting the activities of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), Lab Safety Committee (LSC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and Scientific Diving and Small Boat Safety Committee (SDSB-SC), and all associated subcommittees with oversight of these program areas; promoting consistency and compliance across program areas; identifying need areas; and proposing and implementing solutions independently with a focus on efficiency, effectiveness, and quality improvement.

As a leading global research institution, BU has a rich legacy of serving its students, faculty, and staff as well as the communities beyond campus.  Consider becoming a part of this legacy and take advantage of competitive benefits and opportunities for professional and personal growth.

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