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Chemical Safety Officer - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Tufts University

Date Posted Jan. 16, 2020
Title Chemical Safety Officer - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory
    Public Safety

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre-award administration of grants and contracts; supporting investigators in developing proposals and funding strategies for their research and scholarship; protection, management, and licensing of the University’s intellectual property; oversight of the use human subjects, animals, biological and chemical hazardous materials,select agents, blood borne pathogens, radioactive materials, and lasers; environmental health and safety; implementation of the University’s policies on conflict of interest in research and misconduct in research and scholarship; and working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research, and protecting the University’s interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning, and oversight. The OVPR also works closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital. Additionally, the OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.

Specific to this position, the Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (CSC) oversees the use, storage, and transportation of chemical hazards. Members of the regulatory management office assist the researchers, staff, students, and faculty in order to ensure compliance with OSHA’s Laboratory Standard and with the policies of the CSC.

The Chemical Safety Officer will provide technical and regulatory support in the area of chemical safety for Tufts University. The Chemical Safety Officer will report to the Regulatory Director and will serve as a field expert for the CSC at the University. The core functions of this position will be to perform risk assessment and regulatory assessment of laboratories/facilities that use, store, and/or transport high hazard chemicals. This position will assist the scientific community at Tufts University with chemical inventories, education and training on institutional requirements, and enforcement of the policies of the CSC. This position will conduct routine inspections on multiple campuses. Other duties will include partnering with the other regulatory and support offices at Tufts University for oversight of chemical hazards, as well as interacting with the scientific community at Tufts in a support capacity. The successful applicant needs to thoroughly understand and apply all relevant federal, state, and local laws.


Basic Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, one of the life sciences, or related discipline.
1-3 years of experience in a laboratory or related industry (chemical manufacturing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, research laboratory, etc.). Experience in Chemical Hygiene/lab safety strongly preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Must be committed to working as a member of a team.
Must be familiar with standard laboratory procedures and operations in order to converse with researchers and provide relevant guidance.
Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office and standard office software.
Able to travel between campuses.
Preferred Qualifications:
Relevant certifications (e.g., Hazardous Materials Technician or higher classification, certified safety professional, certified industrial hygienist, safety management certificate, qualification in laboratory safety) strongly recommended.
Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response.
1-3 years bench experience strongly recommended.
Experience, education and/or training in the areas of nanotechnology or synthetic chemistry preferred.
Strong presentation and technical training skills preferred.
Valid driver’s license.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

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