Associate Director, Biosafety

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POSITION TITLE:  Associate Director, Biosafety


The Associate Director, Biosafety, reporting to the Senior Director, Environmental Health & Safety, provides technical compliance expertise governing the conduct of biomedical research. This role will direct and oversee a comprehensive, institute-wide Biosafety program designed to proactively minimize risk related to non-compliance with policies and regulations. This position implements guidelines established by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at Scripps Research, and regulatory agencies of the State and Federal governments. This role coordinates biosafety monitoring, compliance and biosafety response activities of all Scripps Research facilities.

Responsibilities and Duties:

·         Dynamically updates, implements, and administers a comprehensive biosafety program for Scripps Research to enhance institutional biosafety related objectives and to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, guidelines, policies, and best practices.

·         Monitors all research activities involving the use of hazardous biological materials and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules for compliance with appropriate regulations, policies, procedures, and best practices.

·         Oversees the supervision and professional development of personnel through training, mentorship and focus on both technical best practices and interpersonal interactions.

·         Serves as acting Biosafety Officer (BSO) and IBC Vice Chair: Leads meetings and serves as a voting IBC member. Oversees the timely execution of biosafety protocol reviews; assigns reviews to IBC members, ensures that appropriate review, risk assessment and oversight of Institutional biosafety is upheld.

·         Performs complex audits of the A/BSL-2, BSL-2+, and A/BSL-3 laboratories for compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to the use, handling, and disposal of biohazards and regulated medical waste.

·         Coordinates the review and investigation of all biosafety accidents or near misses including evaluation of root causation and driving actions to address key findings.

·         Serves as technical expert regarding appropriate equipment, facilities, and work practices for protecting laboratories, staff, and the environment from contamination and infectious organisms.

·         Develops and delivers training programs for Scripps Research employees and others with whom they collaborate who are working with biological agents and other related materials. Training includes but is not limited to addressing biosafety and laboratory safety requirements set by the NIH, CDC, DOT, IATA, USDA Cal/OSHA, and the San Diego County CUPA, etc.

·         Participates in and provides leadership to various internal committees, such as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Occupational Safety Committee (OSC). Maintains liaison with professional counterparts in other institutions.

·         Provides technical guidance and advises Facilities Planning & Construction and Facilities Engineering staff regarding technical and programmatic issues involving laboratory biosafety design and maintenance.

·         Participates in institutional emergency response efforts and acts as a member of the emergency response team when biological materials are involved.

·         Develops and implements emergency response procedures for the BSL-3 and ABLS3 facilities.

·         Performs other related duties, tasks and responsibilities as required or assigned.


·         Bachelor’s degree, preferably in microbiology, virology or some other closely related biological science or discipline, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

·         8+ years of experience in a principal biosafety position (e.g., BSO) including BSL2 and BSL3 environments.

·         Proven track record in managing biosafety, biocontainment, & biosecurity program(s) and personnel

·         Supervisory experience preferred.

·         Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating SOPs and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.

·         Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.

·         Strong organizational and process management skills.

·         Demonstrated written, verbal, presentation, and computer skills, including MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, and web-based data bases.

·         Exceptional analytical, verbal, and written communication skills; highly articulate in both group and individual settings.

·         Must possess a high degree of self-reliance, flexibility, and initiative.

·         Related experience in an academic or scientific non-profit institutional setting preferred.

·         Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) preferred.


The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms. The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.  Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff.


EEO Statement:
Scripps is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


COVID-19 update:

The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually. New hires will work remotely, unless specifically authorized for campus access.



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