The Biocontainment Operations Research Coordinator (RCO) (or Program Coordinator) is responsible for providing operational and technical support for a large multi-investigator BSL4 and BSL3 operation. The coordinator will report to the ABSL3 Director and ABSL4 Director and work in collaboration with the Vice President for Research, EH&S, and Research Operations to maintain optimal biocontainment facilities and equipment, trained personnel, and communications. Duties include:
- Provides daily operational support for a large multi-investigator operation at ABSL4 and ABSL3
- Serves as the central communication and coordination between faculty and scientists, facilities personnel, and biosafety officers and should have a general understanding of each area
- Liaises with the ABSL3/ABSL4 Directors, Biosafety Officers and Responsible Official/Alternate Responsible Official to ensure that scientific needs are considered in collaboration with meeting the safety requirements of the ABSL4/3 facility operations
- Liaises with Facilities to coordinate facility maintenance shut downs to minimize impact on research. Liaise with Faculty and scientists and acts on their behalf to ensure that funded and projected research area needs can be met
- Works with all ABSL4 and ABSL3 users to ensure training (new and ongoing), communications, and no fault reporting is in place
- Develops and maintains SOPs, training records, and manuals in collaboration with the ABSL3/ABSL4 Director, EH&S, and RO/ARO
- Monitors facility use and maintenance of lab equipment; monitors equipment purchases and service contracts; oversees new equipment installation, scheduling and use of core equipment, equipment training events, and laboratory modifications; performs annual equipment inventory and certifications; coordinates installation and training for new equipment and laboratory modifications.
- Provides support by escorting personnel into biocontainment labs; accompanying biocontainment users; assisting with biocontainment user training. Maintains, organizes, and ensures a clean laboratory and locker room space, supplies are stocked, and weekly facilities maintenance is performed; facilitates disposal of autoclaved waste; cleans and upkeeps major equipment; orders supplies; maintains databases. Assists with development and testing of decontamination protocols
- Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Associate’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, health sciences or other related field from accredited college or university desired.
- Five or more years of job specific experience in ABSL3 or ABSL4 (in vitro or in vivo experience)
- Ability to undergo and maintain a favorable background investigation and National Select Agent Registration security risk assessment
- Willingness to learn and stay current in the rapidly advancing fields of biosafety and biocontainment
- This position requires the ability to meet all entry requirements, including medical and vaccination requirements, for work in BSL2 through BSL4 laboratory environments
- Ability to wear required personal protective equipment. Protective equipment includes the positive pressure BSL4 suit, negative pressure respiratory protection, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), suits, gloves and boots
- At least average agility required in order to investigate/inspect laboratories and animal rooms and perform elevated work
- Experience working with and obtaining buy-in from a diverse group of employees at Texas Biomed
POTENTIAL HAZARDS: Standard clinical, laboratories and/or office environments and mechanical rooms. Exposure to animal biosafety level 2, 3 & 4 (ABSL2/3/4) and a bio safety level 2, 3, & 4 (BSL 2/3/4) laboratories. May work with occupational hazards such as infectious diseases and harmful chemicals. Exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards and may be required to work in crawlspaces.
OTHER: This is a full-time hourly paid position. Texas Biomed business hours are Mondays through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug screen is required.
Apply online at http://www.txbiomed.org/about/employment. Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy. A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status
Your resume and application must be provided electronically. Please follow the steps below.
- Please read instructions before submitting your application.
- PDF forms will need to be completed, saved to your computer and uploaded. Please refer to Step 2 for additional information.
- Fill out the online form.
- At the conclusion of the application process, you will be asked to attach your PDF files.