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Director Laboratory Safety - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Director Laboratory Safety - Office of the Vice Provost for Research
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) strives to provide high quality services to faculty and staff and to increase the funding available to support research and scholarship, all the while protecting the university's interests and ensuring that Tufts is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. The office works in collaboration with University leadership, faculty, staff and students to commence strategic initiatives to advance the research and scholarship enterprise at Tufts and ensure our obligations are met. The 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 hazards, select agents, blood borne pathogens, and radioactive materials and lasers in research, teaching and training environmental health and safety implementation of the university's policies on conflict of interest, export controls and research integrity and working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research and scholarship.



What You'll Do

The Director of Laboratory Safety is responsible for leading a team of professionals who provide a variety of laboratory safety services to all campuses of Tufts University.  The mission is to support and maintain a safe laboratory environment that contributes to the core mission of the University.  


The Director of Laboratory Safety provides pro-active leadership to ensure that the staff are effectively supported, trained, motivated and challenged to effectively utilize their professional skills.  The ability to develop methods to support informed decision-making is an essential skill for this position.  The Director of Laboratory Safety works with Tufts University community members to develop programs that comply with local, state and federal regulations and contribute to the overall laboratory safety of the university community.  This is accomplished through the implementation of a strategic vision of university needs, implementation of best practices and collaboration with schools and departments whom we serve.  

The Director of Labpratory Safety is expected to work pro-actively and collaboratively with Tufts University leadership, departments and offices, staff, students, and regulators and must be effective in leading planning efforts of multiple constituencies and be an exceptional team-builder.

The Director of Labpratory Safety will work collaboratively with the Senior Director of Research Safety & Regulatory Programs to implement a strategic plan for laboratory safety that can be implemented across all Tufts University campuses.  The Director of Labpratory Safety will work closely with other members of the Research Safety & Regulatory Programs team and the Research Compliance team to integrate strategic planning and goals for seamless delivery of services.  The Director of Labpratory Safety is responsible for maintaining compliance with all federal, state and local regulations as well as the development and maintenance of university policies and procedures.  


The Director of Laboratory Safety provides leadership in the areas of biological safety, chemical safety, radiation/laser safety and general laboratory safety for Tufts University. The individual supervises a staff of five, Assistant Director of Laboratory Safety, 3 Senior Biosafety Officers and Radiation/Laser Safety Officer, who provide expert services on all campuses of the University. The core mission of Laboratory Safety is to provide review, training, monitoring, auditing and support to all Tufts personnel involved in biologic, chemical, radiation/laser and laboratory work.   The Director of Laboratory Safety provides guidance and support to the others including the chairs of the regulatory committees, regulatory committee administrators, the Institutional Official and or the Senior Director of Research Safety and Regulatory Progams, and the Vice Provost for Research. The Director of Laboratory Safety oversees all incidents and accidents involving biohazardous, chemical, radiation/laser and other regulated agents and assists other members of the program to comply with all applicable regulations and guidelines for reporting such incidents to authorities.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skill as typically acquired through Master's degree in chemical, radiation/laser, biomedical, or molecular and/or microbiology.
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience as Biosafety Officer in an academic or research environment.
  • 2-4 years work experience in Select Agent programs.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of supervisory responsibility.
  • Must meet current requirement of federal, state and local regulations required to carry out the duties of this position such as achieving security clearances, e.g. US Patriot Act.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral level training.
  • Knowledge of Select Agents and Toxins regulations and qualified to be Responsible Official for the Tufts Select Agent Program as defined by CDC/USDA knowledge of laboratory safety regulations, chemical safety regulations, and/or radiation/laser safety regulations.
  • Specialized knowledge applicable to the state-of-the-art research conducted by the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Veterinary Medicine including review of scientific research grants and contracts.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
May occasionally require work at nights, weekends and holidays to respond to emergencies or other time critical events and tasks. May require occasional evening and weekend hours in order to provide training and demonstrations to employees with novel work schedules. Frequent travel among the three campuses is required.


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

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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