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Our mission is to make biology easier to engineerGinkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and moreOur bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.
We’re looking for a highly motivated and detail-oriented environmental, health and safety (ehs) associate director (biosafety)As the ehs biosafety associate director, you will administer leadership and support for ginkgo bioworks and all associated companiesYou will report to the director of safety, and be instrumental in providing direction to the foundry team leads and researchers on biosafety-related matters, with a focus on new project evaluation, license to operate, risk assessment, biological safety concerns, waste management, emergency response and ehs trainingUsing your in-depth expertise, you’ll also support continuous improvement initiatives in ehs and biosafety programs, oversee the execution of all ehs-related protocols, and conduct internal audits and reviews as necessary to reduce risk and ensure compliance particularly in the biosafety field.
This position is hybrid, meaning 60% will be in office (boston or cambridge) and 40% remote.
Serve as biosafety officer for the organization
Lead the authoring and maintenance of biosafety programs for the organization with a view to building a corporate biosafety program and/or function for new sites, possibly outside of usa
Manage all applicable biosafety permits (local, state, federal) including the bcph, cbc also usda (aphis) and cdc, if necessary, cambridge biosafety committee and assist scientific and/or operations in acquiring permits as needed
Direct the institutional biosafety committee (ibc) including chairing meetings, preparing research registrations, facilitating risk assessments on new research and interfacing with community members (4 meeting a year at minimum)
Conduct evaluation: feasibility assessments, technical design process and material transfer review, of new work
Transition existing biosafety program into new facilities (create site specific manuals, training and on-site staffing as needed)
Manage onsite bio inventory system and develop a system that is scalable to ginkgo’s future growth
Support the implementation of and continuous improvements to company wide ehs programs where relevant, such as management of change (new project evaluation), ehs event reporting and investigation, capa management, bio risk management, emergency response, waste management, chemical hygiene, biosafety, occupational health, personal protective equipment, training and compliance metrics
Develop biosafety training materials and manage in-person and hands-on training and online training (for our learning management system), general bsl2 or equivalent training and usda/aphis as needed
Revise these trainings and associated programs at least annually or as needed
Develop internal inspection/audit program regarding biosafety, aligned with ehs equivalent
Participate in the ginkgo ehs committee(s), bringing biosafety topics, elements, performance to the group
Collaborate with other ehs cross-functional teams and contractors, such as shipping and receiving, facilities, project management and on-site waste management subcontractors, to ensure safety and regulatory compliance
Four-year degree (bs/ba) in biosafety related science, occupational safety & health, environmental science/studies, or other applicable degree
5+ years of management and/or ehs experience (biosafety) in a laboratory or manufacturing setting
Demonstrated ability to create and execute biosafety programs that engage employees and enable a safe work culture
Proven track record of leading continuous improvements in functional areas
Strong understanding of and ability to manage systems under applicable regulatory controls (local, state, and federal)
Experience in participating in and/or implementing ehs programs, including biosafety, general laboratory safety, emergency preparedness and response, inspections, and incident investigations
Advanced interpersonal skills focused on collaboration, innovation, and inclusion
Excellent communication skills, including presenting, speaking, and writing
Preferred capabilities and experience
Advanced degree (ma/phd) in biosafety, management (biosafety), occupational safety & health, environmental science/studies, or other applicable degree
Experience in ehs management system implementation or maintenance e.gIso45001, 14001 or equivalent
Strong understanding of and ability to manage systems under applicable regulatory controls globally (experience in this)
Demonstrated record of people management
Certified biological safety professional (cbsp), registered biosafety professional (rbp), certified industrial hygienist (comprehensive practice preferred), and/or certified environmental professional
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We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to changeOur goal is to help drive that changeGinkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our teamOur culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.
We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the worldWe care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to growTherefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.
It is the policy of ginkgo bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.
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