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Old 12-05-08, 02:56 PM   #1
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How's this for a job listing?

"The successful candidate will consult and advise on the implementation of biosafety efforts in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) for the Biological Threat Reduction Program. The individual in this position will be responsible for providing expertise to construct programs in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) that will: 1) help scientists manage pathogens (select and nonselect agents) in a safe and secure manner; (2) create sustainment processes for Former Soviet Union (FSU) government laboratory personnel to work in compliance with the Euro-Atlantic biosafety regulations; (3) provide sustainment of biosafety training for scientists and laboratory workers in biosafety policies and practices; (4) assist with emergency biosafety procedures to support mobile emergency response team, and (5) sustain the management of biosafety into BTRP diagnostic and research programs. The Biosafety specialist will conduct site analyses in Former Soviet Union (FSU) Government Laboratories to evaluate and provide expertise in creating a roadmap as well as processes for deployment of sustainment of biosafety in critical laboratory functions. May participate in other international efforts as Southern Research expands its global capabilities. Some travel within the Former Soviet Union (FSU) will be required.

MS in Biology, Safety or related discipline preferred; requires 5+ years of related experience; registered or certified biosafety professional preferred. Additional requirements include: knowledge and experience in managing safety programs and training for BSL-2 and 3 laboratories; knowledge of CDC?s biological safety and select agent program, NIH Guidelines for Recombinant DNA and understanding best laboratory practices is required; knowledge of use of protective equipment and safety protocols related to handling hazardous materials; knowledge of Code of Federal Regulations (OSHA, EPA etc.) to ensure facility compliance; ability to work with simple databases to maintain required program documentation (training, medical records etc; must be able to obtain medical clearance; knowledge of state, local, institutional, and international policies and procedures related to safe use and control of biological materials; ability to evaluate microorganisms, toxins, and nucleic acids for hazardous properties; ability to recognize unsafe conditions and practices related to the use of biohazards and related equipment in research laboratories; ability to instruct groups regarding biological safety, overall laboratory safety, and general safety.

Individuals who will enter BSL-2/BSL-3 labs must: satisfactorily meet medical requirements; obtain required vaccinations; pass and maintain in depth security and background checks, including, but not limited to, clearance to handle select agents; wear required PPE; and have effective communication skills. All offers of employment (and continued employment) are subject to drug testing."

Move to Russia and help the former Soviets "manage" their "pathogens" (i.e. anthrax, botulism, etc.). BSL-2 and BSL-3 are almost working in the "Hot Zone"--working with stuff that's not quite as lethal as ebola, but close.

Oh, and I love that one of the requirements for BSL-2/BSL-3 is "effective communication skills".

Thanks. I think I'll pass.
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I re-read through my resume. I don't think I'm qualified. But if I was, who wouldn't want to work with pathogens
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One of history's most notable job ads:

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I was looking in Craigslist the other day out of curiosity, and came upon this:

We are looking for girls with nice, pedicured feet with extremely high arches (instep) to get an idea of what we mean by high arches please see this picture

You will be modeling your feet in stockings and heels for an amateur foot fetish video. No nudity and no face shots required - you can be totally anonymous.

Age, race, weight, attractiveness is not relevant to this job the only requirement is that you have very high arched feet and be female.

The position pays $100 per hour and if it works out we will use you for numerous shoots.

To audition for the next shoot in December please send at least 2 pictures of your feet clearly showing how high your arches are to [email protected]

Shooting will take place at a nice hotel room and is done in a relaxed, fun and safe environment.
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I re-read through my resume. I don't think I'm qualified. But if I was, who wouldn't want to work with pathogens
I actually am qualified for that job, but I'd never take a position working in pathogen labs in the former Soviet Union. I'm fairly certain that the safety and quality control of their nuclear facilities speak for the regulation over most scientific endeavors there. I don't want to trust my health and safety to a BSL-3 facility that might not be up to par, or PPE that just doesn't cut it by the 21-CFR 820 regs. I rather enjoy knowing that my facility already meets the appropriate standards.

Originally Posted by Itsjustb
Move to Russia and help the former Soviets "manage" their "pathogens" (i.e. anthrax, botulism, etc.). BSL-2 and BSL-3 are almost working in the "Hot Zone"--working with stuff that's not quite as lethal as ebola, but close.
BSL-2 is nowhere near 'hot zone' levels. BSL-2 is a HEPA filtered biosafety cabinet (open front, sliding sash) and the PPE requirements are typically tyvek fronted lab coats, gloves, and goggles or a splash shield. Common BSL-2 organisms are things like influenza A, most STDs (including HIV), rotavirus, CMV and Toxoplasma. The main designation is that BSL-2 organisms are not easily contracted via aerosols.

BSL-3 is a much tighter restriction because at that point you're working with serious illness causing or lethal airborne/aerosol vectored pathogens. Tuberculosis, Typhus, SARS and West Nile. The difference between BSL-3 and 4 is that BSL-3 organisms have vaccines/curatives developed for them.

BSL-4 (hot zone) is the really freaky stuff. Hemorrhagic fevers, Marburg and Ebola virus, and all the other narsty bugs that liquify your guts and make you bleed out through your sweat glands. You're talking about triple airlocks, chemical showers, UV rooms and tanked in air when you're in one of these rooms.
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