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Institutional Biosafety Committee / Research Coordinator - UW Environmental Health & Safety

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: May 6, 2018
Job #12443
Posted: April 5, 2018

Environmental Health & Safety has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Institutional Biosafety Committee/ Research Coordinator.

This position will primarily fill the role as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Coordinator and will coordinate and facilitate all the support functions associated with the IBC. This position will also support the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Research and Occupational Safety Section to implement a compliant occupational health and safety program for oversight of hazardous materials in the animal care and use environment. The individual serving in this position will join an integrated and multi-disciplinary team consisting of biosafety, occupational health, occupational hygiene, radiation safety, and diving safety professionals.

Position Complexities:

Understanding and applying the complex and performance based NIH Guidelines for recombinant/synthetic DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines) to the IBC, animal care and use research, and monitoring and analyzing compliance of the IBC. This position is essential for the support of the University’s research and teaching mission. This position must exercise significant judgment, discretion in the interpretation and application of federal, state, local, and University policies, protocols, and regulations. This position requires knowledge and application of the NIH Guidelines, occupational safety and health requirements, animal care and use research requirements, and funding agency requirements related to the use of biological agents and occupational health and safety in a research setting.

This position must interface effectively with EH&S colleagues, the IBC, Office of Animal Welfare,  principal investigators (PI) and researchers,  departmental chairs and deans, research support personnel, facilities staff, animal care staff, Infectious Waste Committee,  Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Human Subjects Division.

Position Dimensions and Impact to the University:

NIH Funding to the UW is contingent on a compliant IBC for the review of research involving recombinant DNA and other biohazards. This position is the primary contact to facilitate this committee and help the University to meet its responsibilities as set forth in the NIH Guidelines.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental or Occupational Health and Safety, Public Health, Biology, or related field plus two to three years related experience

    Additional  Requirements:
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and prioritization skills.
  • Reliable and attentive to detail.
  • Positive, client-service and team work oriented.
  • Excellent demonstrated professional level written and verbal communication.
  • Proficient in the use of office technologies such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access with a technological aptitude for learning additional software used in the Department.
  • Highly organized and flexible in order to effectively manage changing priorities and demands, often with frequent interruptions.
  • Proven ability to work independently, manage priorities, handle multiple projects, problem solve and exercise judgment in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Able to independently determine appropriate communications and procedures.
  • Solid critical thinking skills and the ability to collaborate closely with others.
  • Experience working effectively with people of various backgrounds and personality types such department heads, administrators, faculty, technical staff, research and research support staff, regulatory staff, administrative support staff, and students.
  • Effective handling of sensitive, confidential information, and urgent matters in a thoroughly professional and timely manner.
  • Proven high level of customer service with demonstrated interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple responsibilities concurrently under deadline pressure and changing priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate with professionalism, diplomacy, sensitivity and discretion.
  • Consistently maintains a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • A high degree of discernment and confidentiality.
  • Ability to consistently apply sound professional judgment and critical thinking to address complex issues and solve problems. 
  • Familiarity with NIH Guidelines for recombinant/synthetic DNA research, Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) for worker health and safety including Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Laboratory Chemical Hygiene.


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