Biological Threat Coordinator and Biological Safety Officer

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 22003662

The purpose of this position is to lead State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at the University of Iowa in developing, evaluating, and documenting an emergency preparedness program for biological threats by providing expert scientific and technical advice and expertise for conducting accurate and timely laboratory analyses.

The Biological Threat Coordinator and Biological Safety Officer leads efforts to respond to natural or human-caused emergencies, disasters, and terrorist acts so that SHL staff can successfully perform analytical tests. The position will develop, validate, improve, and maintain all-hazard procedures for handling human clinical specimens, unknown environmental samples, and other potentially hazardous materials. This position will serve as the designated Biological Safety Officer for SHL in close collaboration with University of Iowa Environmental Health and Safety. This position will serve as a source of technical information in order to promote, maintain, and improve relationships with clinical laboratories and critical response partners through the design and implementation of a structured outreach program. This position provides biosafety and preparedness coordination across sections of the Diagnostic and Clinical Division and partners closely with the Chemical Threat Coordinator and others in the Environmental Health Division.

About the State Hygienic Laboratory
The State Hygienic Laboratory’s main facilities are headquartered on the University of Iowa's Research Park campus northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb.

Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.

Education or Equivalency Required

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Three to five years of clinical or public health laboratory experience, awareness of clinical and environmental chemistry practices, excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management, and demonstration of experience in leading teams.
  • Some training or teaching experience is also necessary.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in a scientific field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge or experience with incident command and national incident management systems is highly desirable.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in drills and exercises, preparation and monitoring of grants, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity and creation and implementation of new initiatives.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, LIS, and preparation of fiscal and operational reports is desirable.

Contact: Sarah Tillman (

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

Upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, and verification of academic credentials. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Job ID: 82247

Posted 7 days ago

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