Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Biosafety Officer

Sep 13 2023
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

State Laboratories Division

Waipahu - Aiea, Oahu


Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Biosafety Officer

$4,600 -$5,600 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The primary purpose of this position is to ensure there is adequate biosafety training and practices in the SLD to avoid potential hazards associated with the handling of biological materials, the spread of multi-drug resistant pathogens and threats of emerging pathogens, and acts of biological terrorism. The position develops and monitors adherence to laboratory biosafety programs, provides related workforce training for biosafety for SLD and sentinel clinical laboratories, assists public health and clinical laboratories with biosafety risk assessments and risk mitigation plans, and works cohesively with key system partners and public health officials to improve communications and emergency management and response practices.



Minimum Qualification(s)


EDUCATION:     Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, clinical laboratory science, bacteriology, medical technology or related health science field.


EXPERIENCE:   1.  At least two years’ experience in handling microorganisms using Biosafety Levels 2 and 3 practices.  2.  Experience with packing and shipping Class 6.2 infectious substances.  3.  Possession of a Safety related certification is preferred.


The overall experience must have been of such scope and responsibility to demonstrate the ability to perform the duties described above.


LICENSE:  1.  Must meet all applicable state and federal requirements and clearances, including certification on Packing/Shipping Dangerous Goods under the Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Air Travel Association (IATA) regulations.  2.  A valid State of Hawaii driver’s license is required.


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT:  The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Mail cover letter, completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, three (3) references, salary requirement and detailed resume to:


Department of Health

State Laboratories Division

2725 Waimano Home Road

Pearl City, HI  96782

Attn:  Lisa Cabato


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position #123476.


Application packet at:  https://health.hawaii.gov/empl​oyment/job-opportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Lisa Cabato at (808) 453-6652 or cornelisa.cab[email protected] Monday – Friday, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm (HST).


This position is exempt from civil service and considered temporary in nature.  Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.


An Equal Opportunity Employer