Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy through citizen access to biotechnology. We function as a community pre-incubator space for local bio-entrepreneurs, a space for high school science projects, and a studio for bio-artists and designers. Our instructors provide in-depth hands-on experiences to roughly 200 students per month at subsidized rates. We also provide educational outreach, cultural events, and a platform for science innovation at the grassroots level.
Come join our team if you would like to help bring a new generation of innovators, explorers, and audiences to biotech!
Community lab biosafety officer fellowship
About the Position
The Biosafety Officer Fellows will spend a year embedded within a community biology laboratory to help develop safety standards and protocols for the growing number of labs working outside of traditional lab settings. This is an opportunity for Master’s, PhD level biosafety officers or those with 4+ years experience.
Over the last decade, a growing number of groups, known as the Do-It- Yourself Biology, Biohacker, or Community Biology movement, have been performing biotechnology research outside of academic and industrial laboratories. These groups—including community labs, home labs, and organized groups—have grown rapidly from one group 10 years ago to roughly 125 around the globe today.
Based on information shared between community members, in news articles, at conferences, and in personal visits, it is clear that community lab work has become increasingly sophisticated. The culture of informality, open access, and broad experimentation make these great places for community exploration and innovation; yet they face unique biosafety/security circumstances.
Fellows have a fantastic opportunity to meet and support a global community of biotechnology enthusiasts and develop expertise in a growing research and education sector. The Fellowship includes travel to labs in the U.S. The Fellowship is organized as follows: Fellows will spend the first half of the year discovering, developing, and participating in lab programming. Over the second half, they will collaborate with program staff to develop safety and security practices for working in and operating community labs. This is a unique chance to creatively design new biosafety protocols while simultaneously supporting citizen science and education.
Fellowship opportunities are available at BUGSS in Baltimore, MD and Biocurious in Santa Clara, CA.
Compensation and Application
This position is compensated with a $75,000 stipend. Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: COMMUNITY LAB BIOSAFETY OFFICER FELLOWSHIP.
- Help develop and manage lab operations at the community lab facility—including ordering and inventorying materials, and developing improved and more efficient management systems—to ensure lab safety and security
- Develop safety education and training for community members
- Review and develop lab chemical and biological safety procedures
- Along with the other fellows develop an online safety handbook that is accessible and flexible for the diversity of lab settings within the community biology movement
- Visit with regional community labs to evaluate safety protocols and offer improvements
- Participate in onsite work sessions with other fellows, staff and safety advisors to plan and develop the safety handbook.
- Ability to think out of the box
- Master’s or Doctor of Philosophy degree in biology, microbiology, public health field or those with 4+ years experience in related areas and/or equivalent experience/training
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of bio-safety and bio-security principles, policies, and procedures; knowledge and experience with local, state, and federal regulations governing health and safety
- Knowledgeable in research laboratory operations and procedures
- Strong skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required
- Skill in interacting diplomatically with persons of various educational, social and cultural backgrounds in a demanding, dynamic and stressful environment
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and to work with shifting priorities and schedules
- Knowledgeable in recognition, evaluation, and control of biologically or chemically hazardous materials, including handling, identification, properties, storage and disposal
- Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment
- Ability to write and develop operating procedures and perform technical reviews of research proposals
- Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time constraints
Professional certification in Registered Biological Safety Professional or Certified Biological Safety Professional
Interest in science outreach and education
About Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS), Baltimore MD:
BUGSS is a non-profit public laboratory offering classes, seminars, and lab access so that anyone can safely and affordably investigate the living world. We are a community of amateurs, professionals, citizen scientists, activists, and artists exploring biotechnology through scientific and artistic investigations. We hope to serve as a space for open dialogue, and “learning through doing” as synthetic biology and new biological technologies become more relevant to our everyday lives. By democratizing these technologies we hope to facilitate more nuanced dialogue and exploration of the incredible potential, as well as limitations and ethical issues.
About Biocurious, Santa Clara CA:
BioCurious is a hackerspace for biology, built in the heart of Silicon Valley. We are a community of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and amateurs who believe that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone. Located in Santa Clara, CA, our co-working laboratory space and shared equipment is ideal for entrepreneurs, citizen scientists, hobbyists, and students. We are a working laboratory and technical library for entrepreneurs to cheaply access equipment, materials, and co- working space, a training center for biotechniques, with an emphasis on safety, and a meeting place for citizen scientists, hobbyists, activists, and students.
About the Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center at North Carolina State University:
The GES Center is shaping the futures of biotechnology by integrating scientific knowledge and public values. GES faculty engage in interdisciplinary research, analysis and inclusive dialogue, blending approaches from biological and social sciences to study the intersection of genetic engineering and society.
Director of Science Education
About the Position
Genspace is searching for a Director of Science Education to teach biotechnology classes and build curricula for our cohort of high school, university, and adult students. We offer hands-on workshops, courses, and project support in the life sciences in areas such as molecular, cellular, and synthetic biology at our lab facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Director of Science Education will work closely with Genspace’s Executive Director and program staff. Please inquire at email@example.com with subject: DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE ED
- Lead curriculum development of new biotech classes, workshops, and programs
- Teach 1-3 weekly biotech courses and workshops at Genspace in varying levels of difficulty
- Oversee all educational programming at Genspace as well as recruit instructors to lead engaging classes workshops
- Create strong learning outcomes that measure proficiency of hard skills and qualitative information related to the classroom experience
- Lead instructor trainings, check-ins, and evaluations to ensure we’re effectively supporting our instructors and students
- Teach synthetic biology to local high school students as part of our Biorocket program during spring and summer semesters
- A doctoral degree in the life sciences (cell, molecular, and synthetic biology preferred)
- Commitment to citizen science and providing wider access to biotech
- Passion about teaching biology and working with students from underrepresented backgrounds
- Have an interest in the biotech education space, including an understanding of trends, methodologies, and technologies to engage audiences effectively
- Have strong project management skills
- Have 1-3 years of applicable lab experience, which includes work in education
Have 1 to 3 years experience working with high school students or young adults from diverse backgrounds
Experience working with yeast and bacteria
Interest in multiple subject areas in the life sciences
Interest in bioart, biodesign, and the science and technology studies