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Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), Biosafety – Associate Director 35 views

Remote/Boston, MA

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer.  Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more.  Our 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 companies. You 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 training. Using 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
  • Requirements

  • 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.g. ISO45001, 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 change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our 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 world. We 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 grow. Therefore, 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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