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Biosafety Officer (Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt II)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Environmental Health and Safety, On-site (work in-person at business location)


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Position Summary

Are you passionate about creating a safer research environment? Under the direction of the Research Safety Manager, the Biosafety Officer (BSO) will spearhead the development and implementation of cutting-edge biosafety programs and procedures. As the BSO, you won't just be a bystander; you’ll be at the forefront of our groundbreaking research frontier, serving as a vital member of both the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). Your expertise will be sought after by Principal Investigators, Students, Laboratory Staff, Department of Research and Innovation, SDSU Research Foundation, Student Health Services, and Facilities Services. The BSO will take a lead role with the Division of Research and Innovation to assist in planning as new research areas are proposed.

The BSO will review research protocols, perform risk assessments and evaluate risk mitigation methods; conduct inspections, audits, and investigations as required; will provide correspondence, reports, safety protocols, and other documents as needed; will develop and conduct training as needed; will represent the EHS department at various campus-wide committees and may be asked to serve as a member of the campus emergency response team. In addition, the BSO will assist in other program areas, such as laboratory safety and environmental health, as needed.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, probationary/permanent position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

Environmental Health and Safety celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We understand representation is essential to our success, which is why we strive to recruit and retain highly skilled, compassionate leaders. By prioritizing listening and learning, engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our different populations, we are creating a culture of belonging. We aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment, so all are valued and empowered to thrive. 

Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the development and implementation of programs aimed at protecting the campus community and providing compliance with numerous federal, state, and local regulatory statutes. This department reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Administration in the Division of Business and Financial Affairs.

For more information regarding Environmental Health & Safety, click here.

Education and Experience

Entry to this classification requires general knowledge and skills in the applicable administrative and/or program field with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in life sciences, biological sciences, or a related discipline

  • Three years of experience in biosafety and other general health and safety disciplines, or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

  • Three years of experience in a research lab setting

  • Knowledge and skill working with infectious agents, cell culture, and recombinant DNA techniques. 

  • Working knowledge of biological safety standards such as the Blood Borne Pathogen Standard, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.

  • Proficiency and skill in database management, word processing, and spreadsheets using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $7,084 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,273 - $9,537 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.  

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on June 18, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by June 17, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Casie Martinez at

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