Biosafety Specialist

Cornell NYC Tech

United States

June 1, 2022


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Department & Position Background:

Within the Research Safety Section of Cornell University's Environment, Health and Safety Department, the Biosafety Program directs a set of programs, resources, and services to cooperatively manage risks associated with biological agents. The biological safety program portfolio at Cornell University includes agricultural, animal, arthropod, plant, field research, and clinical support. We are engaged with the university community from the bench to executive leadership and frequently with external partners.


This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus; the job will begin on or around July 1, 2022.

A full review of applicant materials will begin on May 23, 2022.

What you will do:

With oversight from the University's Biosafety Officer, the biosafety specialist is responsible for carrying out biological safety programs in research, teaching, and diagnostic areas. The incumbent will perform risk assessments and evaluate regulatory compliance of research, teaching, and training activities involving biohazardous materials. Other duties will include partnering with other regulatory and support offices at Cornell University for oversight of biohazardous materials and supporting the scientific community. In addition, the specialist will participate in developing and implementing procedures and programs that promote a safe, responsible, healthful, and compliant work environment for these areas. The specialist must be self-directed and capable of completing tasks promptly. They will perform these functions as a member of the Cornell University Biosafety program for the Ithaca campus and outlying facilities, except for the Weill Medical College in New York City and Qatar.

The biosafety specialist will work with laboratories to integrate safety into laboratory operations and promote safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, best management practice guidance, and University Policy. Carries out Biosafety review of IBC and IACUC applications to ensure applications include all required information on a risk assessment.

Ours is a values-based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of collegiality, integrity, initiative, excellence, civility, and stewardship. EHS employees are required to attend staff development training.

What you will have:

Bachelor's Degree in the biological sciences, safety, industrial hygiene, public health, or closely related field with two to four years working experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • The position requires advanced education and experience with a solid working knowledge of a wide range of health and safety regulations.
  • Candidate must know general industry biosafety principles, policies, procedures, NIH and CDC guidelines.
  • Must have effective communication skills, both oral and written, to revise manuals for compliance with regulations and to present health and safety training programs to university staff, students, and faculty.
  • Must be familiar with standard laboratory procedures and operations to converse with researchers and provide relevant guidance.
  • Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office and standard office software, performing literature and database searches as well as interpreting the results of those searches.
  • Requires use of good judgment in sensitive situations with employees at all levels within the University community.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to mutually mentor colleagues.
  • Continued employment is incumbent on the ability to pass a background check as required by Cornell, and an FBI Department of Justice background check as required by the Federal Select Agent Program.
  • Occupational health assessment will include but is not limited to: physical exam; medical screening; respirator fit testing; required vaccinations and continued tuberculosis testing. Must be able to wear a respirator as appropriate for job tasks.
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver's license, or ability obtain one within 1 year, and a good driving record; Must be able to travel between Cornell Ithaca locations.
  • Must be able to work well with people at all levels of the organization; Ability to work in a diverse culture
  • Strong presentation and technical training skills are required.
  • There are a few preferred qualifications that we would value but are not required, including:

  • Possess, or ability to obtain, certification as a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) with the ABSA International
  • Possess, or ability to obtain, certification as a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) with the ABSA International
  • Ability to meet the education and experience requirements set by the National Registry for Certified Microbiologists (NRCM) in order to sit for the exam and obtain certification as a Specialist Microbiologist in Biosafety (SM(NRCM)).
  • Biosafety Level 3 experience
  • Experience working with genetically modified plants or arthropods, though position supports all biosafety program areas.
  • What we offer:

    Great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, excellent health care options to choose from, accrued paid leave provisions: vacation, personnel and sick time, university paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.

    Living and working in Ithaca

    Tompkins County is one of Upstate New York's most naturally beautiful, economically prosperous, and intellectually engaging places. For more information about living and working in Ithaca and Tompkins County, please visit: https: // www.

    No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

    University Job Title:

    Biosafety Specialist I

    Job Family:

    Facilities & Safety Services



    Pay Rate Type:




    Contact Name:

    Susie Jackson

    Number of Openings:


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  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.

  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.

  • Unique applicable skills.

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