Posting Summary: The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is seeking to fill the position of Chemical Safety Consultant as part of the Chemical and Laboratory Safety Group. The incumbent will be responsible for implementing integral programs that support the dynamic research and operations of The University of Virginia and The University of Virginia Medical Center.
The Chemical Safety Consultant works in a team environment to coordinate and conduct laboratory safety assessments, provide guidance on laboratory relocations and decommissions, and consult on best practices, regulatory compliance and hazard mitigation as it relates to safety in laboratories. This position will work independently and collaboratively to create content for technical guidance and training modules.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's degree in a physical, life, engineering (biological, chemical or materials), or safety science. Successful candidates will work well in a team, be detail oriented, able to balance multiple projects at a time, be highly reliable, and have the ability to communicate and act professionally with all members of the University community. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety supports professional development and strongly encourages job-related training and educational opportunities.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's Degree in a physical, life, engineering (biological, chemical or materials), or safety science required
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Educational background in Chemistry preferred
Required Minimum Level of Experience: None
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience conducting research in a wet laboratory setting (academic or industry), experience in chemical/laboratory safety.
Required License or Certification: Valid, un-restricted Driver's License with the ability to obtain a Virginia Driver's License within 90 days of hire
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Familiarity with chemistry, routine laboratory procedures, and safe laboratory practices.
Ability to work in a team environment as a collaborative, professional and respectful team member
Ability to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in-writing
Ability to work a schedule that may include on-call responsibilities to cover holiday, weekend and after hour response
Ability to work safely with and around hazardous materials (e.g. chemical, biological, radioactive)
Comfortable working in a variety of work spaces including patient care, animal, research laboratory and outdoor environments
Ability to analyze data and present findings to stakeholders across the institution
Ability to meet all physical requirements of the position including moderate lifting and standing, sitting and walking for extended periods of time
Ability to complete job duties and responsibilities while wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), including a respirator
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of regulations, guidelines and standards for laboratory safety (e.g. OSHA, EPA, Fire Code)
Required Computer Applications: Ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel, OneNote and Access) and experience with basic Internet browsers and web-based applications.
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.