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Administration, Biosafety Officer

Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH
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Job Title: Biosafety Officer

As one of the world?s largest and busiest health centers, Cleveland Clinic is committed to delivering high quality programs of patient care, research, and education. As such, the mission of the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program is to create, promote, and maintain a safe and healthful environment for all individuals working and visiting the Cleveland Clinic. EHS multitalented Caregivers accomplish the mission through Biosafety, Fire Protection, Life Safety, Ergonomics, Hazardous Materials Management, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, and Construction Safety Asbestos audits and trainings.

Job Summary: Cleveland Clinic is seeking a biological safety leader who can be part of a dynamic and rapidly growing organization. The Biological Safety Officer will serve as an expert resource in the development, implementation, management, and improvement of institutional biosafety programs. The Biological Safety Officer will oversee the biosafety program, ensures compliance with applicable rules and requirements, and uses data to develop corrective and preventative practices and procedures related to biosafety.

The Biological Safety Officer will work closely with the Lerner Research Institute, the home to laboratory-based, translational, and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic. Our scientists work closely with Cleveland Clinic physicians to transform groundbreaking discoveries made in the laboratory to the bedside, in order develop new treatments and cures. Lerner Research Institute researchers are at the forefront of biological discovery with research related to cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, brain and eye diseases, and diseases of inflammation and immune systems. With nearly 1,400 researchers and support personnel in 180 laboratories across 11 departments, the Lerner Research Institute is one of the largest research institutes in the nation, consistently ranking in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding, a benchmark of research success.

As a Biological Safety Officer, your responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop, implement, and direct a comprehensive biosafety program for the health system
  • Ensure organizational compliance with regulatory and sponsor requirements associated with biosafety
  • Supervise Cleveland Clinic biosafety professionals
  • Serve as a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and assist the IBC Chair by interacting with investigators whose work is under review by committee, reviewing research protocols to ensure adequate biosafety measures are included, providing guidance to IBC on containment issues, implementing IBC-approved policies and plans, and providing administrative support
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of biosafety principles and best practices and serve as a resource on related federal and state regulations
  • Provide technical guidance to caregivers regarding equipment, facilities and work practices for protection of personnel, laboratories and environment from biological hazards
  • Review experimental design, study protocols, procedures, and conduct risk assessments for research grant applications, material transfer agreements, research contracts, and research activities involving biohazardous agents and materials. These agents and materials may include recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid (rsNA), infectious agents, toxins, human-derived and nonhuman primate-derived materials, and human gene transfer clinical trials to ensure safe practices in support of the health system?s IBC, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Ensure facility compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to use, handling, shipping, and disposal of potential biohazards and rsNA
  • Investigate accidents in regards to Biosafety issues and develop corrective action plans
  • Assist with investigations and reporting of non-compliance
  • Develop and implement emergency response procedures for incidents involving biohazardous agents and materials


  • A Master of Science or Ph.D. in biological science (i.e., microbiology, bacteriology, virology etc.) or related field

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a biomedical research laboratory or related combination of education and experience. Experience in microbiology research is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the field of biological safety in a biomedical research facility
  • Knowledge of NIH Guidelines, NIH/CDC BMBL guidelines, USG Policy for DURC, import and export programs (e.g. CDC IPP, APHIS, Bureau of Industry and Security), OSHA, and granting agency requirements
  • Experience working in or supervising BSL-3 containment research is preferred
  • Experience working with select agents or managing select agents research is preferred


  • Certification or eligibility for certification by American Biosafety Association (ABSA) as a Registered Biosafety Professional or Certified Biological Safety Professional is required

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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