Biosafety Officer

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Job Location
10 Discovery Drive
Farmington, CT 06030
Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory is seeking a Biosafety Officer, based in Farmington, CT to provide oversight and support for assigned safety program(s) such as Radiation Safety or Biosafety, serving as the principal technical resource, contact and expert resource. The Biosafety Officer is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring environmental and safety programs and policies to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety regulations and ensuring a safe workplace. This role includes hazardous materials control, emergency preparedness, radiological safety, accident prevention and other EH&S programs and policies. Programs may have oversight for all Laboratory campuses.

Ensures that Director of Health & Safety Services be kept informed of all program issues and policy department.  In conjunction with the Director of Health & Safety Services has authority to act for external regulatory agencies to approve/deny activities that may impact the Laboratory’s core mission. Incumbents may supervise the work of lower level safety personnel. 


  • Develops, implements, and administers environmental health and safety programs.  Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of such programs.  Conducts safety inspections throughout the Laboratory to identify and correct potential safety issues.  Investigates on complaints of hazardous working conditions.  
  • Establishes standards and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal, State and Local safety regulations and with Laboratory policies and procedures. 
  • Maintains current knowledge of, investigates, and interprets Federal, State and Local safety regulations.  Advises senior management based on this interpretation.  
  • Develops and conducts employee and student training programs for assigned area(s).  Responds to various requests for assistance by TJL personnel to facilitate sound safety and health practices.   May oversee training development and delivery by lower level Environmental Health and Safety personnel. 
  • Develops, researches, documents and implements SOPs, CSBs, and other safety related materials as needed.  Researches occupational safety information to assure the best available methods and equipment are adopted to minimize the hazards in the work place.
  • Responds to emergency situations involving hazardous materials, radiation, confined space rescue, fire/smoke incidents as pertains to fire and/or safety. May prepare reports of findings and submits recommendations.
  • Works with federal, state and local agencies in course of carrying out responsibilities. 
  • May supervise, lead and/or guide work of lower level safety technicians and/or student employees.  If responsible for supervising personnel, performs supervisory duties including, but not limited to, performance management, personnel development, hiring, recommendations for promotions, disciplinary action.
  • Participates in professional activities and maintains active memberships in one or more professional associations in area of expertise or related safety, environmental and emergency management disciplines.
  • Bachelors' degree in the sciences of field (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) with at least 8 years’ experience of progressively challenging and successful professional experience in Environmental Health & Safety. Masters' degree with at least 3 years’ experience preferred.  Other means of acquiring this knowledge may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must be professionally certified in area(s) of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in developing, implementing, and enforcing safety programs and protocols.
  • Ability to evaluate need for new or revised training programs for managers, supervisors and employees.
  • Ability to identify need for audit or inspection tool, develop audit/inspection tool and test for effectiveness.
  • Ability to adapt methods to solve problems. 
  • Technical authority in area of specialty on assigned projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and/or lead others effectively.
  • Demonstrated proficiency at solving problems in a timely manner.
  • Travel up to 25% to sites in Bar Harbor, ME and Sacramento, CA required.
How to Apply

For review and consideration, please forward a cover letter and resume to, requisition #5107.


About Our Organization

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. We employ more than 200 Ph.D. scientists and a total of more than 1,400 employees. In 2011 and 2012, researchers voted The Jackson Laboratory among the world’s top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in a poll conducted by The Scientist, a magazine for people working in the life sciences. The Laboratory draws on an 83-year reputation for excellence in mammalian genetics, built on the groundbreaking discoveries of its own researchers and on the development and global distribution of the most diverse collection of genetically unique mouse strains in the world. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute – designated cancer center. Our research covers a broad range of genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, and conditions related to reproduction, development and aging. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

A part of the proposed tax bill in the US could make tuition waivers taxable, Vox reports.

The New York Times reports that only a subset of STEM worker are in demand.

US News & World Report says students pursuing STEM degrees should consider what they are getting into.

New study finds bias against female lecturers among student course evaluations, the Economist reports.