Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Deputy Laboratory Manager for the Public Health Research Institute within the New Jersey Medical School.
The Deputy Laboratory Manager will be responsible for the daily oversight and management of animal experimentation and of the Biosafety Level Three (BSL3) and Animal BSL3 (ABSL3) Research Operations in the ICPH building at Rutgers University. This person will collaborate closely with researchers and faculty across the campus and with the Department of Health and Safety to ensure that laboratory research is performed safely and according to federal, state and local regulations and institutional guidelines. The Manager is a primary point of contact for researchers, facilities, and environmental health and safety personnel. The Manager coordinates all aspects of animal experimentation at ICPH, including financials, experimental design, and reports. The Manager will perform research with BSL2/BSL3 bacteria and viruses and Select Agents in in-vitro and in-vivo models.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Collaborates with principal investigators, research teams, faculty, staff and institutional research oversight committees [e.g. the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)] on a regular basis as a partner in addressing research safety needs, meeting as often as necessary to discuss research work performed, safety risks, training and safety material and equipment needs and other measures to mitigate risk.
Advises and assists in developing policies and procedures for safe operations of the ICPH BSL3 facility at Rutgers.
Works with Rutgers facilities and utilizes staff as necessary to schedule preventative maintenance and repairs of the ICPH BSL3, facility and ensure their completion.
Coordinates with the Rutgers Responsible Official, Biosafety Officers, EHS, and Directors to provide training for Rutgers faculty, staff and other personnel on building safety, incident response and security procedures.
Oversees, supervises and conducts decontamination of contaminated systems and run validations using biological and other applicable indicators to ensure that the decontamination processes are successfully completed; works and coordinates with facilities, science, animal groups and others to conduct and successfully accomplish decontamination of laboratory and animal suites and works and assists in the annual recertification of laboratory containment; oversees, supervises and conducts decontamination and verification of equipment from the containment laboratories before they are taken out from the containment laboratories; oversee, supervise and conduct routine efficacy testing and validations of autoclaves, update and maintain appropriate records generated in the performance of work during decontamination, testing and validations.
Supervises personnel and trains to ensure that all staff maintain continuous advance level of expertise, techniques, methodologies and knowledge in operation of state-of-the-art instrumentations for continued safe and world-class delivery of service and work.
Responds to emergencies and cleans up spills, as needed, assists in extraction of personnel in the containment laboratories, assists and conducts follow up investigations of accidents and incidents.
Oversees, supervises and conducts administrative functions and other duties, as assigned, including, but not limited to the maintenance of supplies needed to perform routine and assigned functions, ensure and maintain ready and calibrated equipment, assist in performing safety trainings for Rutgers ICPH BSL3 personnel, review, draft, update and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), keeping up-to-date and maintaining expertise and knowledge of current and new and emerging technology, techniques and best practices in order to continuously deliver and provide a world class service to support the safe operations of Rutgers ICPH BSL3 laboratory facilities.
Prepares budgets for ICPH BSL3 and ABSL3 support operations.
Monitors compliance with Biological, Chemical, Radiation and Laser Safety requirements and provides information and data reports to committees as required.
Manages animal research modeler team, prioritizes projects and, schedules studies in ABSL3.
Provides budget estimates for animal studies for grants and contracts for Rutgers investigators and external collaborators.
Assists in design of animal studies for IBC, IACUC, and for grant submissions.
Acts as liaison for external researchers; ensures timely submission of all regulatory documents (IBC, IACUC, others), and training of visiting researchers; assists the Budget Office in fee for service billing of external collaborators.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline is required. Master's degree, preferred.
Must have (7-9) years of experience in a BSL3 laboratory setting.
Experience or knowledge regarding biological safety including pathogenic microorganisms (e.g. infectious dose, natural reservoirs, routes of transmission, communicability, environmental stability, antibiotic sensitivities/resistance, and sensitivities to disinfectants) in biosafety/laboratory safety practices required). Working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines.
Hand-on experience with BSL3 pathogens.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Previous experience in a (A)BSL3 environment, preferably a select agent environment.
Good mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity.
Excellent administrative and follow up skills to oversee operations and compliance.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide clear and concise details regarding safety policies, risk management and facility issues to supervisors, co-workers, faculty, students and other staff members.
Experience with Select Agents is a plus.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Physical Demands: Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and carry it up a flight of stairs.
Work Environment: (A)BSL3 environment. Moderate noise. Office/Lab environment. Universal precautions are mandatory. Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Department of Justice Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting to be completed in accordance with CDC requirements as part of application to have access to Select Agents. Additional requirements for Rutgers Suitability Program will also apply initially and annually thereafter. This includes, but is not limited to, a medical exam, mental status check and reference evaluations.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.