Biosafety And Biosecurity Officer

at Deakin University

  • Permanent role either based at Waurn Ponds or Burwood location
  • Provide high-level advice in relation to biosafety and biosecurity
  • HEW 8 $98,322 + 17% Superannuation

Based either at our Waurn Ponds or Burwood campus, this exciting role sits within the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio.

As the successful candidate, you will be responsible for the Deakin University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the oversight of research conducted in the areas of biosafety, biosecurity, quarantine and gene technology. You will also provide advice to the University community on biorisk and deliver appropriate training to students, academics and the IBC.

Your key responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • provide expert advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Researcher Development and Integrity and Manager, Research Integrity on all matters pertaining to biosafety and biosecurity
  • lead the coordination of biosafety and biosecurity across the University and monitor compliance with the relevant legislation and ensure the university community standards are met
  • develop and deliver the educational program for biosafety and biosecurity ensuring all relevant staff and students are aware of their legislative obligations when working with biological materials
  • develop internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with external Standards, Codes and Legislation relating to biosafety and biosecurity, including gene technology, quarantine materials, containment facilities and SSBAs
  • develop, coordinate and conduct training for research academics, research support staff and students in their obligations, to ensure research is compliant with all relevant, standards, codes and legislation
  • provide high-level advice on complex policies and procedures and feedback in relation to research integrity, biosafety and biosecurity to the relevant key stakeholders
  • manage the Biosafety and Biosecurity team, providing leadership and guidance on all processes and procedures designed to ensure the efficient management of the area

To be successful, you'll have

  • an equivalent combination of education, training and experience or Postgraduate qualification in Biosafety or a relevant discipline
  • significant experience in the development and delivery of workshops and research training
  • experience of university systems, committee and board structures, and decision-making processes
  • detailed knowledge of legislation and standards relating to biosafety and biosecurity including gene technology across a number of research laboratory environments
  • demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to produce clear and accurate communications that are appropriate for their intended audience
  • demonstrated ability to develop collaborative work teams, to accommodate and work well with different working styles and to work independently
  • proven capacity to develop good working relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally, for example with regulatory bodies

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File Final PD - Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer (1).pdf

Applications for this position close on 9th September 2019.

All new staff must obtain and maintain a WWCC or equivalent check as part of their pre-employment screening to join the University.

Please ensure to include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria in your application.

Are You Ready?

Deakin is one of the new breeds of global universities - agile, dynamic and innovative. We are committed to making a genuine difference in people's lives through excellence in education and research. As a Victorian university with a global impact, join us and let's see what we can achieve together.

Our people are important to us, and we understand the significance of providing them with a dynamic and diverse working environment, with opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

At Deakin, we offer a variety of benefits including a flexible and sustainable working environment, lifestyle benefits and various discounts with our third-party suppliers.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders

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