This position will close on or after 2/20/2023 without notice.
This is a campus-based position. There is no option for a permanent remote or hybrid work arrangement (although there are many opportunities to attend training, conferences, and ad hoc telecommute days)
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
About the Job
This position takes ownership of the biosafety and biosecurity program at the University, serves as the SME for this program and serves as the high containment laboratory director (HCLD) for the University BSL-3 laboratory facility as well as other disciplines related to environmental, health and safety; including but not limited to other laboratory safety programs within the EH&S Department programs as assigned by the EH&S Director. This position applies professional knowledge and expertise in research laboratory biosafety and high containment laboratory biosafety research and serves other biosafety specialty areas and may serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for other relevant program(s), within EH&S. Work is reviewed upon completion to ensure predetermined standards and measures of performance are met, that application of professional/technical judgment is sound, that researcher's support needs are addressed and that faculty, staff and co-workers are treated with respect.
This position demonstrates sound judgment in selecting both the means and methods for obtaining desired results regarding compliance and support obligations. This position provides regulatory interpretation of biosafety and biosecurity obligations for laboratory practices and provides technical support and assistance for all issues involving University biological safety and biosecurity.
This position provides service and support to university academics, facilities, operational departments and EH&S co-workers for all biological safety matters and will provide timely and accurate interpretation of current laboratory practices and proposed laboratory practices in light of regulatory compliance obligations and best management practices exercised in the field of biological safety.
LABORATORY BIOLOGICAL SAFETY AND BIOLOGICAL SECURITY PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: 1) Research biosafety compliance: Position works with research and teaching laboratories in order to ensure biosafety compliance and support to principal investigators and instructors through review and approval of laboratory safety plan supplements and at least annual laboratory compliance inspections for compliance with NIH, CDC, and CA OSHA guidelines and regulatory requirements.
2) Responsible Official: Position will serve as the university responsible official for the University's biological select agent and toxins (BSAT) program and as the university's liaison to NIH for compliance.
3) IBC: Position will serve and support the university Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) as the campus Biological Safety Officer BSO; duties include planning and scheduling IBC meetings, working with IBC, faculty, and staff to design and implement plans and procedures for biosafety in laboratories to protect personnel from the adverse effects of biological agents and the safe handling and regulatory compliant treatment and disposal of biohazardous laboratory waste.
4) BUAs: Position will review and approve university biological use authorizations (BUAs), evaluate and perform risk assessments for work with biological agents and toxins, and provide assistance and support to research and teaching laboratories for the safe use, proper containment, and managed disposal of biohazardous waste.
5) Compliance Support: Position will maintain a working knowledge of current regulatory requirements, university program guidelines and industry best practices in order to support biological safety in university laboratories: Position will oversee and as necessary participate in laboratory safety and compliance inspection to meet regulatory requirements and policy requirements.
6) Leadership: Position is part of the EHS leadership team and may provide oversight and management of certain EHS programs and ensure the development of EHS programs, policies, and procedures to provide administrative guidance in these EH&S program areas.
HIGH CONTAINMENT LABORATORY DIRECTOR: High Containment Lab Director: Position will serve as the BSL-3 / High Containment Lab Director and maintain records/documents necessary to meet regulatory compliance for operation of the lab. Will represent UCM on UC systemwide workgroups and will be responsible for ensure training and compliance in all matter related to the BLS-3 / High Containment Laboratory. The position will provide support and assistance to UCM researchers and manage regulatory compliance with biosafety including BSL-3 agents and select agents in university laboratories. Grant Proposals: The position will assist in the review of, and provide necessary comment upon, university grant proposals involving biological agents and biological research Training: The position will provide subject matter expertise, evaluate and identify appropriate safety training including the review of biological safety training sufficiency and adjust training program elements accordingly in order to ensure regulatory training compliance and personnel needs in research laboratories
ANIMAL RESEARCH OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM SUPPORT: 1) IACUC: The position will serve as EH&S representative to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and support research safety performing work with animals and support occupational health and safety in animal research. 3)Medical Surveillance: The position will manage the medical surveillance and screening program for research personnel working with animals.
BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN PROGRAM SAFETY: Program Management: The position will provide management oversight and monitoring of employee safety and health related to preparedness and prevention of employee exposure to blood borne pathogens possibly present in laboratory research. Compliance Support: The position will provide regulatory compliance monitoring and support to university research laboratory personnel in the development and implementation of blood borne pathogen Exposure Control Plans. Occupational Health and Safety Support: This position works closely with the Occupational Health provider (Nurse Practitioner) and the Campus Risk Manager in support of campus needs ranging from biological safety program needs and program success, BBP preparedness and prevention regulatory compliance, high containment research compliance support requirements, in addition to other campus biological safety requirements, e.g., employee Occupational Health monitoring and clearance.
EH&S AND RESEARCH SUPPORT: Team Member: The position will serve as a key member of the EH&S leadership team, provide compliance management and support to the university researchers for all EH&S biological safety support functions along with COVID-19 response and preparedness planning and operations. Administrative Support: The Position will support University researchers and ORED in providing review and comment for Grant Proposals. Committee Representation: The position will serve to represent EH&S on campus and systemwide workgroups, committee, and partnerships. Other duties as assigned: This position, due to its highly technical expertise and scope will leadership within the EH&S organization and may be assigned other duties as necessary for organizational compliance support obligations and operational efficiency.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
5 years of directly related, progressively responsible experience, or equivalent experience/training. Required
Advanced or expert knowledge / understanding of broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields.
Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend organization policy. Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment. Advanced skill to effectively represent the organization to state and federal authorities, and community groups.
Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints.
Advanced skill in mentoring or overseeing the work of other EH&S technical and professional staff. Advanced skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Professional certification preferred.
Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) Required
Certification as a biosafety professional (CBSP) Preferred
40-hour HAZWOPER training certification and subsequent 8-hour renewals. Preferred
Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply. The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
Vaccination Program Policy:
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
E-Verify: All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.