Biological Safety Officer

Job details
Posting date: 22 May 2024
Salary: £39,233 per year, pro rata
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 21 June 2024
Location: Egham, Surrey
Remote working: Hybrid - work remotely up to 2 days per week
Company: Royal Holloway University of London
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 0524-171

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Right to work: Please note that it will not be possible for the University to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to the successful candidate for this position. Therefore, the appointable candidate will need to be eligible to work in the UK or have leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the University, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

Part time (3.5 hours per week), Permanent

Applications are invited for the post of Biological Safety Officer reporting to both the Health and Safety Office and the Department of Biological Sciences.

This role is a critical friend, focusing on ensuring the university maintains the highest standards of biological safety, including genetically modified organisms. The Department operates several labs with the highest being at Containment Level 2; knowledge and experience working in these environments is essential, as it at least a master’s degree in Biological Science or an associated subject.

The role will conduct periodic audits on the Department as well as attending the relevant committees, taking about 35 hours per annum. This will require travelling to the Egham campus less than 4-6 days a year on campus for a day. They will also be able to provide advice as available, likely remotely, but travel to campus may be required on occasion. This will require the production of report with the required level of technical details and a knowledge of best and developing practice within the field. They must be able to be a credible expert in this area and be able to communicate with a range of stakeholders, including summarising complex scientific information as required.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

Generous annual leave entitlement
Training and Development opportunities
Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
Free parking
The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The training will be completed with RHG.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact

For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0524-171

Closing Date: 23:59, 28 June 2024

Interview Date: To be Confirmed (likely to be July 2024)

The university has adopted hybrid working for some roles therefore some remote working may be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and encourages applications from all people regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parental status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans status or history. More information on our structures and initiatives around EDI, including information on staff diversity networks, can be found on our Equality and Diversity Intranet page.

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