Job Overview The ELSI (4S) Coordinator will be responsible for supporting BioMADE’s programs focused on developing “Safe, Secure, Sustainable, and Socially Responsible” (4S) biomanufacturing technologies.
Sometimes referred to as Ethical, Legal, and Social Implication (ELSI), the Coordinator will assist BioMADE’s bioethics and biosecurity advisors in the establishment and maintenance of BioMADE 4S efforts and will work directly with BioMADE staff, committees, and members to inculcate 4S topics across BioMADE programs. The 4S Coordinator will support relevant BioMADE committees and senior advisors in bioethics and biosecurity.
The 4S Coordinator will help BioMADE lead bioindustrial manufacturing toward developing safe, secure, sustainable and socially responsible technologies and help BioMADE facilitate development and public support for biomanufactured products, in the US and around the globe. The Coordinator will work with the advisors and members to develop mechanisms to address regulatory gaps (current and expected) and any public concerns raised by BioMADE projects, from initial idea to project completion. The goal is to address concerns before they become obstacles that impede industry development, to increase U.S. competitiveness, and to make BioMADE and its members a trusted resource with US public support.
Job Duties 75% Research Support
Assist in establishing and maintaining BioMADE 4S standards
Liaise with individuals, members, and teams across BioMADE to ensure a consistent 4S approach to every program endeavor.
Collaborate with the BioMADE Technology & Workforce committees to inculcate relevant 4S topics into all BioMADE efforts
Build trust and credibility within BioMADE and externally
Collect, synthesize, and present information related to 4S to use in BioMADE discussions and meetings
Determine and locate sources for the collection of information and data
Research and develop content and shared resources on 4S topics
Help develop proposals to guide and support a broader strategic direction for BioMADE
Assist with developing processes for assessing 4S efforts
25% Committee Administration
Support the BioMADE 4S Committee, playing an active role in creating relevant policies and procedures, and assisting with planning and executing committee meetings
Provide direct support to BioMADE’s external Bioethics and Biosecurity advisors
Other duties as assigned
BA/BS Degree in a relevant field plus four years of related work experience, an Advanced Degree in a relevant field plus two years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education to equal eight years.
Strong analytical/problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
Demonstrated experience in science and technology innovation research.
MS Degree in relevant field
Previous experience advising government or industry on ELSI topics.
Internal Number: 340016
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