The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is seeking a High-Containment Laboratory (HCL) Assistant Manager to help manage the Center's Biosafety Level III (BSL-3), Core Facility and to perform and/or assist Investigators in SARS-CoV-2 experiments. The candidate will report to the HCL Manager.
Perform SARS-CoV-2 experiments according to scientific protocols as determined by Investigators
Work as a "buddy" to CUIMC Investigators in conducting SARS-CoV-2 experiments
Help to manage the day to day operations of the BSL-3 facility.
Work with HCL Manager to Develop training materials and train and assess competencies of Facility Users, and support staff requiring access in facility-specific as well as general safety practices and procedures.
Develop and update facility standard operating procedures, policies, and manuals in collaboration with HCL Manager, ADARC Staff and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations as well as University policy and effectively communicate these polices to BSL-3 personnel and support staff for continued compliance and safety.
Maintain a medical surveillance program including scheduling of clearance appointments performing fit testing and monitoring for illness.
Maintain documentation and records (temperature logs, autoclave logs, equipment maintenance, training records, health surveillance etc.).
Receive notifications and inform appropriate parties, including ADARC facilities and EH&S in the event of an emergency or alarms within the facility.
Ensure accidents are reported to ADARC Director, Human Resources and EH&S so that appropriate action can be taken, and personnel can get appropriate medical attention, if required
Participate in regular meetings with the HCL Manager, Environmental Health & Safety, and other institutional entities to discuss issues, evaluate and, as needed, recommend modifications to current and proposed facility procedures, equipment, and physical areas to optimize personnel safety, facility security, and the conduct of research.
Inform ADARC Facilities in the event of an equipment failure and coordinate repairs with BSL-3 personnel and external vendors.
Track and bill Facility Users for supplies and services.
Autoclave biohazardous materials on an as-needed basis.
Work with Facilities' Coordinator to maintain inventory and restock supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and paper towels.
To qualify you must have a Bachelor's degree in Science with three years' experience working in a BSL-3 facility, or three years of non-BSL-3 facility experience and a willingness to travel for BSL-3 training (Eagleson Institute or U.C. Irvine training course, or equivalent)
The Candidate should have practical experience in performing cell culture, microbiological techniques and basic molecular biology.
The Candidate should possess good time management abilities, communication skills and have good judgment. They should be able to recognize problems as they occur, and through the application of appropriate policy/procedure, determine and/or recommend the appropriate action.
The Candidate should seek guidance as necessary for the performance of duties; ask appropriate questions when in doubt and utilize reference sources/materials to ensure accuracy.
Master's or Ph.D. degree from an accredited university of higher education institution in microbiology, virology or immunology of infectious diseases, or related field.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to work independently and ability to interact productively with leadership, faculty and staff to identify and resolve problems.
Availability to respond outside of business hours to unplanned emergencies required.
Type other requirements and/or special indicators if CUIMC
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