Under the direction of the BSL-3 Director, the BSL-3 Laboratory Manager will manage the day-to day activities of the animal BSL-3 (ABSL-3) facility and will assist the BSL-3 Program Manager as necessary. This position is responsible to ensure smooth and safe conduct of research activities in the ABSL-3/BSL-3 facility by providing ongoing support to research groups in the facility. The job also entails ensuring that these BSL-3/ABSL-3 facilities are maintained according to University of Minnesota BSL-3 standards, conforms to Select Agent regulations, and assists in ensuring personnel compliance to medical and training requirements. Management of the BSL-3/ABSL-3 research suites involves:
• annual facility re-certification • SOP development and implementation • ABSL-3 client training, scheduling, access and lab resource management • ABSL-3 facility and equipment maintenance • manage the BSL-3 core facility ISO Budget • coordinating facility and research project compliance (inspections, audits, etc.) • providing emergency response development and support
Since this job requires an understanding of BSL-3 facility operations and function, on the job training will be provided during the probationary year in service.
The specific duties associated with this position are detailed below:
1) Manage facility access: a. maintain up-to-date access records, b. issue and coordinate Medical Authorization for clients, c. ensure access spreadsheets are up-to-date and clients compliant, d. identify compliance gaps to ensure that all clients with BSL-3 access are up-to-date with medical and respiratory clearances, e. train researchers and facility support staff on facility protocols, and f. advise on and enable facility access per direction of the Director
2) Develop and implement facility specific SOPs: a. development of new facility SOPs and consult on of research SOP revisions as needed, incorporating BSL-3 safety and security needs, b. training clientele and oversight on the use of facility SOPs, c. identification of gaps in safety and implementing changes in existing procedures that do not meet required facility safety and security objectives d. presenting SOP changes to the BSL-3 Advisory Committee, and e. reporting any discrepancies in SOP use and management
3) Client research project support: a. to ensure that client project startup and close out processes are implemented smoothly and efficiently, b. ensure that lab equipment, inventories and animal husbandry documents are maintained and up-to-date, c. consult for risk assessment and SOP development for research projects d. Oversee facility IMHA and co-ordinate animal care and housing tasks e. co-ordinate server access requests f. ensure compliance and secure access to data server
4) Facility equipment maintenance and upkeep a. ensure that all facility-owned equipment are functional and are maintained to the manufacturer’s standards, b. coordinate recalibrating and documentation of equipment PM and service, c. report and research alternatives for nonfunctional equipment and coordinate decon/and transport of those that need repair. d. recommend equipment solutions to facilitate new research initiatives e. co-ordinate facility decontamination and decon verification with the BSL-3 program manager.
5) Emergency response a. participate in the afterhours facility and emergency response program b. participate in emergency drills for the ABSL-3 facility c. develop emergency response protocols specific for the facility d. coordinate drills and exercises to ensure readiness and compliance to BSL-3 Program emergency response standards
6) Training a. provide ABSL-3 client training: initial facility specific training and annual updates. This training includes entry/exit procedures, emergency response procedures, exposure control procedures, and use of PPE b. verify proficiency of training and document competencies c. ensure completion and report all project specific training d. provide training for common research equipment, inventory software, key-track access
7) Budgets and Compliance a. manage ISO budgets: expenses and revenue b. manage client billing for use of space and resources, c. manage purchasing and reconciliation d. coordinating facility maintenance and audits to ensure smooth and effective process for both achieving compliance and managing inspections, e. coordinate documentation for the Select Agents program f. participate in BSL-3 Select Agent update training sessions g. participate in and ensure completion of all required annual recertification tasks h. Train, document, and escort inspectors and visitors into ABSL-3 facility
8) Lab resource management a. manage and coordinate resources for BSL-3 space use b. lab resource management: use of common equipment, help manage solutions for project specific needs
9) Supervise a. train and manage the student assistant cohort to help with admin tasks, cleaning tasks, and autoclaving in the facility
10) Other Support a. “Buddy” duty for BSL-3 containment workers whenever needed, b. participate as a member of the BSL-3 Advisory Committee c. Miscellaneous jobs including but not limited to: i. conducting facility tours, ii. train and escort visitors, FM staff and vendor equipment technicians into the facility, iii. assisting in asset/inventory management tasks, iv. participate in BSL-3 Program Update weekly meetings, v. function as department HR liaison (for job postings and student time sheets).
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or a related field with 4 years of experience or an advanced degree with 2 years of experience in microbiology or infectious disease research laboratories or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 8 years in microbiology or infectious disease research laboratories. • Experience must include a minimum of 2 years of hands-on research/clinical laboratory experience with infectious agents under BSL-2 (or BSL-3) conditions.
Preferred Qualifications: • 6 years management experience in research/clinical microbiology laboratories with 3 years hands-on experience with infectious agents using BSL-2 and/or BSL-3 containment protocols. • Experience in lab management or demonstrable management skills • Working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines for research with infectious agents, with a demonstrable understanding for managing compliance • Biosafety experience and eligibility for certification by ABSA (RBP or CBSP) • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills • Skilled in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software
Special Requirements: Ability to respond and move rapidly and frequently without restrictions, transport up to 30 pounds or more, and wear respiratory protection. Any offer of employment in the position, is contingent upon successful completion of a DOJ/FBI Security Risk Assessment for individuals with access to select biological agents and toxins. Receipt and maintenance of appropriate clearances, including ongoing approval by the Personnel Suitability Assessment program, are also required for continued employment in this position.
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