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University of Utah Assistant Biosafety Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 03/23/2021

Requisition Number PRN25641B

Job Title Assistant Biosafety Specialist

Working Title Assistant Biosafety Specialist

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

VP Area President

Department 00472 - Environmental Health & Safety

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 45000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Under direction of the Biosafety Specialist, this position assists with administering the Biosafety program. The Assistant Biosafety Specialist conducts inspections for compliance with federal, state and local regulations, applicable consensus standards, and Research Administration policy. Specific areas of activity include NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA , Public Health Service Regulations, FDA regulations, and OSHA regulations. Responds to and assists with the mitigation of emergencies and spills. Investigates accidents and incidents. Delivers formal and informal education and training.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.


1. Performs containment laboratory inspections to ensure compliance with appropriate regulatory and University of Utah policy and procedures.

2. Assists clients by reviewing rDNA and infectious agent research protocols for completeness and accuracy.

3. Assists with Select Agent program compliance by surveying faculty, ensuring proper documentation is in place, and evaluate facility security.

4. Provides training as a secondary instructor on OSHA -required bloodborne pathogen exposure control programs and a variety of personal protective equipment and engineering controls.

5. Provides information on Regulatory issues and guidelines.

6. Coordinates and tracks biological safety cabinet certifications.

7. Investigates cases of work-related injury, illness or death.

8. Responds to and assists with mitigation of emergencies and spills involving chemicals and/or biohazardous materials.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Health, Public Health, related field or equivalency plus two years experience in biological safety programs required. Demonstrated knowledge of numerous laws, regulations, consensus standards and procedure manuals that pertain to biosafety required. Working knowledge of computer programs and applications; demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required.

A current Driver’s License is required to perform duties.

Incumbent must submit to a security risk assessment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and be approved for access to select agents and/or toxins within three months of employment.

Incumbent must pass a medical examination and be cleared to wear negative and positive pressure respirators and personal protective equipment within three months of employment.

M.S. in Molecular Biology, Registered or Certified Biological Safety Professional, or completion of recognized formal biosafety training programs are preferred.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.