Biosafety Specialist, Senior job – Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA

The University Research Services and Administration (URSA) division is Georgia State University’s research support resource for all grants and contracts activities, compliance and laboratory safety. The Research Integrity Department is seeking to hire a Biosafety Safety Specialist, Senior.

This position will be under direct supervision and assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive biological safety program designed to facilitate campus research initiatives while protecting faculty, staff, students and visitors as well as the environment from the adverse effects of research involving biological material.

The scope of responsibilities will include these essential duties but is not limited to the following,

Assists in the development and implementation of a comprehensive biological safety program designed to facilitate campus research initiatives while protecting faculty, staff, students, and visitors, as well as the environment from the adverse effects of research involving biological material

Assists with reviews of research proposals involving the use of biological materials, laboratory operations, and facilities and construction renovation plans for all aspect of biosafety to assure appropriate health and safety controls, containment, and compliance with NIH, CDC, USDA, and other federal, state, local and University requirements

Collects data by performing reviews of laboratories for biosafety compliance

Assists with identifying and evaluating occupational exposures, as well as hazardous conditions and recommends controls to eliminate and/or minimize employee health risks

Responds to laboratory and research facility emergencies involving biological material, conducts incident investigations, provides incident reports, and assists with developing and implementing corrective action measures as needed; serves as a first responder to emergency situations involving biological materials

Coordinates the performance of yearly laboratory assessments, reporting of results, and management of data compiled from assessments

Supports the activities and documentation requirements for the operation and use of high containment laboratories

Assists with developing and presenting biological safety training and educational programs

Supports and assists with efforts to ensure compliance with federal, local, state, and GSU policies, procedures, and regulations associated with research involving biological materials

Perform other professional duties assigned or requested



This job requisition provides a high-level job definition. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive list of job duties.

As such, job duties and/or responsibilities within the context of this job requisition may change at the discretion the employee’s direct supervisor.



Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biology, Public Health, or related field and three years of related experience. Must be able to wear and use appropriate personnel protective equipment (PPE). Must be able to pass US Department of Justice security clearance. Advanced degree preferred. Experience in an academic setting preferred.

College/Business Unit


Research & Sponsored Programs



University Research Services Administration, Research Integrity



Atlanta Campus



8:30 AM – 5:15 PM



$36,580 – $50,000

Pay Grade



FLSA Status



Job Type


Full Time (Benefits Eligible)

Job Posting


06/11/17, 11:00:00 PM

Closing Date


06/30/17, 10:59:00 PM

Preferred Hiring Qualifications


The preferred candidate should possess the following attributes,

Previous experience associated with higher education / academic office environment

Experience working in in biosafety

Completed some form of compliance & safety training regarding biosafety

Must be able to wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Strong organizational acumen and a proclivity for attention to the details

Able to multi-task, proactive with independent decision making

A self-starter, quick learner with an awareness to meet deadlines

Special Instructions


To be fully considered for this position all candidates at the time of submission must provide the following documents that clearly provides proof of education and relevant experience,

A complete and accurate GSU application


Cover letter

Please note, Georgia State University’s career board updates daily and requisitions are subject to be removed without prior notice or before the posting expires.

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