High Containment Facility Manager

Duke Health | Durham, NC, United States

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Posted Date 6/18/2021

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

High Containment Facility Manager


The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) is a multi-disciplinary research organization in the School of Medicine focused on basic, translational and clinical research to develop novel vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for infectious diseases that impact global health. The Duke Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) is a division of the DHVI that provides safe and secure high containment (Biosafety Level 3) laboratory facilities to support infectious disease research on both the main Medical School campus and the new RTP campus.

The DHVI/Duke RBL is recruiting a High Containment Facility Manager to provide on-site safety support and operations management of these unique research resources at Duke University.


  • Maintain efficient day-to-day operations of the assigned high containment laboratory facility including, but not limited to, training new users, compliance monitoring, coordinating research activities of multiple laboratories, resource scheduling and billing.
  • Train and instruct research staff that will be utilizing the RBL facility. This could include various Duke research laboratories needing to work within a BSL3 facility for safety. Direct day to day activities of staff, as well as the project management goals of the facility. Utilize effective project and resource management needed for successful operation and service. Interact with various PIs and research leaders.
  • Source and maintain an inventory of required safety supplies and laboratory equipment to ensure full compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and meet end user research needs.
  • Ensure required safety checks and waste removal is fully compliant with relevant SOPs. Coordinate laboratory and equipment decontamination and maintenance with relevant Duke offices/departments (e.g. Engineering and Operations).
  • Participate in meetings of the Facility Operations and Core support teams. Participate in cost model development, use projections and budgeting for compliant cost recovery.
  • Participate as a member of the Duke Select Agent Team, along with the RBL Director and the RBL Operations Director. Participate in training personnel who conduct Select Agent research to assure compliance with the Select Agent Final Rule, and with all written Select Agent Plans (Incident Response, Safety, and Security). Participate in Select Agent drills and tabletop exercises.
  • Coordinate incoming/outgoing material transfers with the facility leadership, the Duke Biological Safety Officer/Responsible Official and the Duke Office of Export Controls to ensure full compliance with all local, state and federal regulations.
  • Help coordinate proper maintenance and testing of critical containment equipment, and document annual BSL3 re-verification efforts.
  • Help coordinate proper emergency response procedures for the BSL3 facility; may include responding onsite afterhours.
  • Work to improve/optimize existing SOPs Develop and implement new SOPs; Lead development, optimization, qualification and validation efforts for assays and procedures, as requested by the research sponsor / Facility Director.
  • Successfully complete the High Containment Special Pathogens Health Review and be cleared by Duke’s Employee Occupational Health and Wellness for work at BSL3. Must comply with any vaccination and health surveillance requirements for BSL3 lab entry.
  • Prepare use reports, Institutional Biosafety Committee registrations, CDC compliance documents, and grant reports, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the DHVI/RBL Director, Safety Manager and Safety Director.


  • Strong background in biosafety, previous BSL3 compliance monitoring, supply chain and logistics management, and laboratory assay development and validation
  • Biological safety credential (RBP, CBSP) preferred
  • Proficient in technical writing and safety training development and delivery
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with researchers with diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • The successful applicant must be eligible for and willing to:
    • Work with hazardous biological agents handled at BSL2 and BSL3
    • Work with small animals handled at ABSL2 and ABSL3
    • Comply with vaccination requirements when necessary
    • Complete US Department of Justice screening for Select Agent registration
    • Complete Select Agent registration at Tier 1
    • Achieve external certification for independent work at BSL3

Required Qualifications at this Level

  • Education/Training: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry or Animal Science.
  • Experience: 5 to 7 years of related Lab Research Analysis. Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form. Ability to work with information systems, automated and technical equipment. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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