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Job Title: Senior Biological Safety Specialist
Job Number: 1907-99999-BSS-01
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 10/15/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Silver Spring,  MD    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE:  Senior Biological Safety Specialist

POSITION NUMBER:  1907-99999- BSS-01


ANTICIPATED START DATE:  Two weeks after candidate identification

TRAVEL:  As required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position

IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management, management consulting, bioinformatics, and administrative program support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal and private sector clients.  The successful candidate will be a full-time employee of IHRC, Inc., and will provide biological safety support services.


The Senior Biological Safety Specialist will provide expertise for the development and implementation of an enterprise level safety program.


  • Plan, organize, manage and operate an enterprise level safety program
  • Develop and implement standardized safety policies, ensuring that practices follow all pertinent guidelines and regulations
  • Perform laboratory assessments and audits, identify issues and develop mitigation strategies, and ensure that appropriate documentation is maintained in compliance with applicable regulations
  • Provide laboratory safety and security expertise to ensure compliance with all applicable guidelines and regulations 
  • Develop records management plans and other documentation including manuals, guides, and checklists
  • Develop and implement comprehensive training curricula to address a broad array of safety and security topics
  • Develop and implement effective communication materials for a diverse audience of internal and external stakeholders
  • Advise leadership on matters related to training, safety, and security
  • Assure timely and appropriate communications with project stakeholders
  • Communicate biosafety policies, procedures, and risks to staff as needed
  • Deliver presentations that communicate the status of safety initiatives and deliverables



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline or another field relevant to the requirements of the position with 15 years of experience working in a similar capacity


  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures, biological hazards, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, and laboratory safety
  • Experience assessing and mitigating hazards to maintain compliance with the BMBL, OSHA standards, and applicable guidelines and regulations
  • Experience developing, implementing, and reviewing laboratory policies and procedures regarding biosafety principles and practices
  • Experience developing and providing training for biosafety programs including emergency response procedures, biological safety, select agents, and biological safety cabinets
  • Outstanding written communication skills


  • MS or PhD, with 10 years of experience related to the requirements of the position
  • Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP)
  • Experience in laboratory design and setup to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations
  • Knowledge of the Select Agent regulations
  • Previous experience working in a similar role

Language Skills:

  • The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English   


  • Must be United States citizen or permanent resident or have authorization for employment in the United States

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply for this position:

  • If you are viewing this position on the IHRC Career Center, please click on the "Apply Now" button.  
  • If you are viewing this position on a site other than the IHRC Career Center, you may use the “click to apply” link, or you may apply by visiting our Career Center and searching for the position number listed at the top of this position description.  
  • To view all of our open positions, and to apply to those positions in which you may be interested, please visit our Career Center, which can also be reached by visiting and clicking on the “View Opportunities” link.

IHRC, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.  It is the policy of IHRC, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law, and to take affirmative action in accordance with applicable laws and Executive Orders.


Organization Description:

IHRC, Inc. is an international consulting and professional services corporation, and a minority woman-owned small business located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. We assist our clients in accomplishing their missions and objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner, and we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Closing Date: 11/15/2019
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Senior Biological Safety Specialist
Contact Location: 2 Ravinia Dr. Suite 1200

Atlanta   GA  30346
United States
Contact Location: 2 Ravinia Dr. Suite 1200
  Atlanta   GA  30346
  United States
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