Associate Biosafety Officer

Compliance and Education
22004855 Requisition #

The Environmental Health and Safety Office is looking for an Associate Biosafety Officer.  This position serves as the University’s Associate Biosafety Officer by assisting with the administration and management of the comprehensive institutional biosafety program.  The biosafety program is directed toward promoting the health and safety of employees and regulatory compliance of the institution, in regard to research projects involving human and animal pathogens, biological toxins, select agents, recombinant DNA, and shipping biological materials.

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

About the Environmental Health and Safety Office
The Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHS) provides services intended to promote health and safety, regulatory compliance, and environmental management. We offer a variety of services in the areas of Biological, Chemical, Occupational, and Radiation safety as well as select Environmental programs. Some of the direct services that we offer include chemical and radiation exposure monitoring, worksite hazard evaluations, workplace safety surveys, safety equipment recommendations, safety program reviews, safety training, and disposal of hazardous chemical, radioactive and infectious waste. Consultative services include regulatory compliance assistance programs to address OSHA, EPA, and CDC/USDA-related responsibilities within health care, research, academic, facility and service environments.

EHS has over 100 safety-related educational programs that are intended to inform individuals of potential hazards in their workplace. By utilizing the information presented, individuals will be capable of identifying risks inherent in their work and developing safe work practices and protocols in order to protect not only themselves, but others in the immediate area. Our goal is to continuously improve workplace safety for faculty, staff, and students.

For your efforts, you will enjoy:

  • Working with qualified staff who will develop your skills to successfully perform this role.
  • Competitive compensation, with the potential for annual increases; health insurance, and a retirement plan with employer contributions.
  • Paid leave provisions: 24 days of vacation, 9 holidays and sick leave accrual.
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees establish their career and enhance the quality of personal life. For more information, visit Benefits at UI.


Education or Equivalency Required

A Master’s degree in Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, or related biological science, or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible work experience is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate extensive experience with biomedical research involving human pathogens and recombinant DNA.
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge, of biosafety regulations, consensus standards and biosafety level (BLS) 2 lab practices.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of designing and developing educational/training programs.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with diverse individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner.
  • Demonstrate extensive attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, and the ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with BSL3 biocontainment.
  • Direct supervisory experience of students or professionals.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of packaging and shipping regulations for biological materials.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of University of Iowa policies, procedures and regulations.

Position and Application Details and Instructions:
Include your driver’s license information under the Experience & Credentials section, as a license.

Upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, verification of a valid state or commercial driver’s license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact:  Sarah Tillman (

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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