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Biosafety Officer

Job ID 160676BR Date posted 10/14/2021
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Full Time
  • Research
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Position description
  • The Biosafety Officer is responsible for the development, continuous improvement, and implementation of the biosafety, biocontainment, and biosecurity program for the Mayo Clinic Enterprise.
  • Provides expert technical consultation and helps ensure compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements for laboratory and animal biocontainment levels.
  • Communicates directly with all federal, state, and local biosafety regulatory agencies and interprets new and changing regulatory issues.
  • Acts as a thought-leader to generate creative ideas and suggestions to improve systems, processes, and service; develops and implements new policies and procedures; evaluates established procedures and educational programs for effectiveness.
  • Must be able to develop, conduct, and facilitate safety audits and perform hazard assessments, including the interpretation of results and facilitate implementation of solutions.
  • Assists in the interpretation of root-cause analysis investigations and coordinates external reporting in a manner consistent with regulatory guidelines. Able to analyze and interpret data and participates in decisions regarding data validity and conclusions.
  • Is the primary consultant for high containment laboratories and high volume production laboratories utilizing biohazardous materials across Mayo Clinic.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality of information.

  • Requires Master’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience related to the accountabilities of the position OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field with a minimum 7 years of experience directly related to the accountabilities of the position.

Additional qualifications
  • Healthcare experience and CBSP preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research laboratory processes, equipment, and facilities.
  • Must be able to efficiently communicate complex technical issues, including the design of independent projects, data analysis, and resulting interpretations, to diverse clients.
  • Must have ability to organize and implement procedures/techniques independently.
  • Must have significant technical knowledge, understanding of regulations, ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written materials, and ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to a changing work environment that requires upgrading of skills on a regular basis is required.
  • Must have established presentation and training skills and be capable of demonstrating and exhibiting positive customer service skills.
  • Must have the ability to coach diverse clients and colleagues through change management initiatives and possess the ability to secure client support.
  • Must have working knowledge of PC and ability to use routine computer software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, and databases).
  • Should have experience working in or supporting a BSL3 or higher program.

License or certification
  • A Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) is required within two years of hire.

Exemption status

Compensation Detail
Education, experience and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended.

Benefits eligible

Full Time

Hours / Pay period

Schedule details
M-F and available as necessary

Weekend schedule


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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As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer Mayo Clinic is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate. Women, minorities, veterans, people from the LGBTQ communities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to join our teams. Reasonable accommodations to access job openings or to apply for a job are available.
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