Health Safety & BioSafety (HSBS) Adviser x 2

The Pirbright Institute - Risk & Assurance

Organisation position and purpose:

The successful candidate will be critical to provide The Pirbright Institute with expert professional support necessary to comply with requirements under health & safety law and related legislation, to maintain legal authority to operate as a HSE Major Hazard Installation under its Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008 (SAPO) license; and to facilitate control and mitigation of the high consequence risks arising from its work.

HSBS Advisers at The Pirbright Institute are a pivotal part of the organisation, providing excellent levels of service and exacting standards of work in support of research, diagnostics and operations.

Main duties and responsibility:

Provide support and advise where required:

  • Provide timely and reliable expert advice on HSBS to all stakeholders, including assistance with preparation of risk assessments.
  • Develop and deliver effective HSBS training.
  • Develop and provide best practice expertise in all aspects of biorisk management and associated regulatory compliance, supporting biosafety management of specific laboratory areas as directed.
  • Provide biosafety advice and support on high consequence viral pathogens of livestock animals both generally, and specifically in regard to compliance with the requirements of the Institute’s licence under the Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008 (SAPO), covering operations up to and including SAPO Containment Level 4, and up to and including Class 4 for environmental hazard under the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014.
  • Provide biosafety advice and support on compliance with the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 and successor regulations, facilitating risk assessment under these regulations and assisting with coordination of the Genetic Modification Safety Committee constituted under these regulations.
  • Support the development and implementation of applicable management systems such as ISO 45001, and work in conformity to quality management systems such as ISO 9001.
  • Contribute as necessary to HSBS aspects of the site development programme, external projects and consultancies.

Specific requirements


  • A degree in a bioscience subject, or equivalent.
  • Substantial research or technical laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver high quality work, on time in fulfilment of team and personal objectives
  • Demonstrable ability to build good relationships with stakeholdersand to resolve challenges with sensitivity and innovation

To apply for this vacancy please send a copy of your CV with cover letter to

For more information and to access the full job description, visit Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Application Closing Date: 21/08/2017
Interview Date: 29/08/2017

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