Senior Safety Advisor (Biological Safety) Ref 0508

School/department: Estates & Facilities Management Safety Office  
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 0508 
Salary: starting at £40,792 and rising to £48,677 per annum
Placed on: 10 December 2018 
Closing date: 21 January 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: TBC.

Job description

This is a full time, opportunity for an experienced, individual to provide both strategic influence and hands-on support to the University of Sussex in managing safety. Senior safety advisors are expected to specialise in a specific subject area in order to ensure that the University Safety Office covers all relevant fields. This role is for a specialist Biological Safety Advisor who has the capacity to provide advice on general safety or laboratory safety as required.

Areas of specific interest include; work at containment levels 2-3, work with genetically modified organisms and safety relating to the uses of Human Tissue in research. Subject to experience a suitable candidate may also be asked to sit on the Universities clinical trials sponsorship board & other ethics committees. It is expected that a successful applicant shall spend time providing support and advice to individuals on safety matters outside of their core skill set of biological safety. You will be expected to work with all relevant Schools including; Life Sciences, Psychology and Brighton & Sussex Medical School. It is expected that you will provide support & advice to other Schools/Departments as required, for a full list of Schools please see The University of Sussex website.

The key function of this post is to provide an excellent standard of professional safety advice/guidance to University Schools & Departments.

Duties of this post will include; supporting the Biological Safety Committee, running local audits/inspections, supporting Schools with external audits/inspections, updating policies/guidance, reviewing risk assessments, incident investigation, providing advice on construction of facilities with regards to biological containment and to interpret changes in legislation before disseminating the key content to relevant members of the University. In addition to this a successful applicant will be expected to perform other tasks as called upon by the Head of Health, Safety, in support of the core departmental goal of promoting a safe working culture, including deputising for the Head of Health & Safety when required.

The role offers great potential for an innovative individual to have a, lasting impact working in support of a team of Safety Professionals. Experienced in Biological Safety, you will have the ability to grasp the scientific and technical context, plus the know-how to advise on Health & Safety in an academic environment and to design/deliver training. Of key importance will be your ability to build a rapport with the full spectrum of staff and students.

There is an expectation that a proportion of time will be spent training other members of the team in your specialist area. This may include mentoring junior members of the team.

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How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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