DESCRIPTION: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a part-time, Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety Officer. This is a one year contract position.
Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,400 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Twin Cities.
JOB SUMMARY: This position will be 10 hours per week, 12 months per year. The CHLSO will report to the Assistant Dean of Research and collaborate closely with the Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, department liaisons and the Dean of Sciences and Education.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist faculty with laboratory, chemical safety, for Gustavus Adolphus College. This includes day-to-day evaluation of inspection data, inspections of safety equipment, generation of reports, and attendance at College meetings pertaining to laboratory and/or chemical safety.
Serve on the proposed new Laboratory Safety Committee and review protocols submitted for approval. This requires a thorough understanding of the science underlying protocols and the regulations that apply to different types of academic coursework and research.
Ability to identify the chemical safety risks involved in laboratory work, and the ability to recommend appropriate ways to mitigate those risks. The review of research protocols includes the initial risk assessment in the areas of chemical carcinogens, toxins, biohazards, radioactive materials and other chemical, physical and equipment hazards.
Administer chemical safety training programs. Develop and update training materials related to chemical safety.
Administer laboratory safety training programs. Develop and update training materials related to laboratory safety.
Serve as the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the College and assist with compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements.
Assist the Radiation Safety Officer with compliance with the Radiation Safety Program requirements.
Collaborate with departmental liaisons to deliver recommendations to faculty and staff to ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to laboratory and chemical safety.
Provide information as needed for equipment calibrations, maintenance and repair related to safety concerns.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in relevant field (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Health, Health Physics, Public Health, etc.) and four years of experience in a laboratory setting -or- a PhD degree in a relevant field (see above)
Excellent oral and written (business and technical) communication skills
Ability to make sound judgments that impact safety and compliance
Public speaking experience
Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and fully encapsulating suits, particularly during inspections and spill remediation.
Ability to lift 25-40 pounds, including ability to move heavy drums, containers, equipment.
Individual must be able to obtain a security risk assessment clearance for Select Agents and toxins.
Will need to carry an on-call (24/7) pager for spill response.
Professional certification(s) (e.g. CIH, CHO, CSP, CHP, CHMM, RSO) and 4 years of chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety or hazardous waste experience at an academic institution.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, https://gustavus.edu/jobs to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
Contact information for three (3) references
Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.