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IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee) Specialist

Job ID 172272BR Date posted 01/31/2022
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Full Time
  • Research
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Position description
The IBC Specialist:
  • Is primarily responsible for the management of protocols submitted to the IBC.
  • Serves as an expert resource for the Mayo Clinic research community.
  • Is knowledgeable about the federal, state, and enterprise regulations and policies governing the use of recombinant DNA and infectious agents, continuously interprets and applies regulatory requirements to biohazardous research proposals.
  • Manages protocol submissions, deadlines, and customer expectations; completes critical pre-review of IBC research submissions, seeks clarification of the submission from researchers, makes independent determinations regarding approval status, and presents recommendations to the IBC Committee.
  • In partnership with the IBC Chair and BSO, responsible for managing the pre-meeting, meeting and post-meeting activities of the IBC Committee, including agenda management.
  • Serves as a voting member of the IBC Committee, provides technical support and guidance on applicable regulations, documents decisions and generates IBC outcome notifications (meeting minutes excerpt oversight).
  • Coordinates with personnel on the Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to ensure that all eligible protocols are activated promptly so as to not impede study progress.
  • Provides guidance to the IBC Administrative Assistant in support of IBC operational activities by preparing correspondence and notification letters using biosafety databases.
  • Participates in the transfer of Select Agents from clinical laboratories.
  • Participates in the orientation, training and competency assessments of IBC members, assists with the orientation of new IBC members and the recruitment of the IBC public members, and actively participates in the training of research personnel.
  • Participates in IBC-related Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement projects and educational activities.
  • Is an institutional resource for internal and external inquires relating to aspects of Mayo's biosafety program with known biological agents.
  • Participates in the post-approval monitoring program of Mayo Clinic's research laboratories.
  • Will assist the BSO in the development of biological safety policies and procedures and their conversion to the Universal Content Management database.
  • Will function as the BSO backup, as needed; additional back-up role duties are reporting exposure and non-compliance incidents to NIH OBA, incidents follow-up, biological spill response assistance, import permitting consultation, and PI assistance relating to the completion of DOD based funding proposals.
  • May be asked to attend professional conferences as it pertains to the Mayo Clinic Biosafety Program.

  • Bachelor's degree required preferably in the biological sciences and a minimum of 3 years' experience working in a laboratory environment or directly with the submission of research protocols using biohazardous agents.
  • Alternately, applicants with an Associate's degree and 6 years of experience in working in a laboratory environment or directly with the submission of research protocols using biohazardous agents.

Additional qualifications
  • Will be looking for the applicant to obtain Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) status at 5 years of eligibility.
  • Skills required for this position: Knowledge of Mayo Clinic IBC policies and federal regulations and accreditation standards related to research involving biological specimens, including but not limited to The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines), Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition (BMBL), and the Select Agent and Toxin regulations .
  • The Specialist must be able to efficiently manage a large volume of items while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong decision making skills are essential as well as the analytical skills necessary to apply federal regulations to variety of complex situations.
  • The Specialist must be self-motivated to function under limited oversight in a high intensity environment often driven by deadlines.
  • Due to the demands of different protocols, a sensitivity to animal research issues is important as well as an awareness of clinical trial intricacies.
  • The IBC Specialist must be comfortable working independently with senior leadership, faculty, staff, students, and external agencies.
  • The IBC Specialist must be proficient in the use of multimedia hardware and software applications, including use of Windows, database, spreadsheets and word processing.
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, organizational and self-directive skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with a variety of people.
  • Ability to work with others to accomplish goals through collaboration and coordination.
  • Ability to collect, compare, sort and prioritize information to be used in the decision-making process.
  • Ability to adapt to unpredictable situations and effectively resolve issues in a confidential manner.

Exemption status

Compensation Detail
$61,090 - $91,707 / year

Benefits eligible

Full Time

Hours / Pay period

Schedule details
Day shift

Monday - Friday

May split time between campus and working from home remotely less than 50%.

Weekend schedule

International Assignment

Site description
Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.

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