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#94775 EH&S Safety Officer

Extended Deadline: Fri 3/1/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/01/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled.


The Division of Biological Sciences (DoBS) is a large and complex division within Academic Affairs and is overseen by the Dean of Biological Sciences with the assistance of an Associate and Assistant Dean and the Divisional Business Officer. The DoBS has four academic sections (department equivalents), Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology Behavior and Evolution, Molecular Biology and Neurobiology with a Shared Services Administration unit supporting the the Dean, the Division and the four Sections. Each section is headed by a Chair who works individually to represent their section, and works collaboratively as a member of the Division's Council of Chairs (COC) on the Divisional concerns which cross the boundaries of section governance. The DoBS reflect broad foci in faculty research and in the academic programs offered by the Division. The Division has over 90 faculty FTE, 12 teaching professors, ~50 professional researchers, ~150 postdoctoral scholars, ~55 adjuncts, ~20 Unit 18s, ~145 staff in career/casual titles, and ~425 student workers and volunteers and involves members of ~9 bargaining units. There are approximately ~5,000 undergraduate students enrolled in 8 majors, with annual enrollments of ~25,000 students (~8400 per term); more than $34 million per annum in extramural funding, and approximately ~$65 million in total annual expenditures. The division occupies space in 11 buildings, totaling 270,000 SF, including class laboratories and instructional support space, research labs, and recharge facilities.

Our mission is to advance knowledge of basic biological sciences and apply our research discoveries in ways that improve human health, protect our environment and enrich our economy. We fulfill our mission every day by educating and preparing the next generation of scientists, physicians, medical researchers and educators for 21st century careers, and by increasing public understanding of biology and encouraging scientific discovery among K12 teachers and school children.

To learn more about this vibrant center of scientific discovery refer to the division’s webpage at www.biology.ucsd.edu.

Under the general supervision of the Division Business Officer and with guidance and daily work direction of the Division Safety Officer, work to creatively expand and strengthen a comprehensive research safety program comprised of laboratory, teaching/instructional, and administrative-based components within the Division of Biological Sciences. Provide insight and guidance on all relevant city, county, state, and federal safety policies and regulations to maintain compliance standards and advise both Divisional and EH&S working groups.

Coordinate and manage training on general laboratory safety practices, benchwork hazards, and the handling and disposal of biological, chemical, and radioactive materials. Conduct periodic inspections and audits of laboratory, shop, and administrative spaces. Perform “on the job” training and support services for research personnel on the safe operation and proper management/disposal of research equipment, unwanted chemicals, and biohazardous waste. Process potential hazardous material and coordinate disposal proceedings from spaces being vacated for retrofit, remodel, or shutdown. Respond to research safety emergencies and refine/update emergency preparedness protocol, and any duties as assigned.

  • Overtime and weekends may be required.

  • Level of the position (EHS SPEC 1 or EHS SPEC 2) will be determined based on candidate's background and experience.


  • Solid, comprehensive working knowledge/understanding of a specific EH&S field including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields. Thorough understanding of applicable local, state, and federal safety regulations and policies, as it relates to environmental health, high containment, occupational health, and research safety.

  • A Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate scientific, engineering, or public health field and two years of professional experience in a comprehensive environmental health and safety program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Working skills in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Hands-on experience in the operation of standard scientific autoclaves and glassware washer/dryers, including the ability to demonstrate and instruct others in such operations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the hazardous properties of chemicals and biological materials, and the approved procedures for handling and disposal of same.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundamental biological research methods, benchwork procedures, equipment, and procedures and protocols.

  • Proficient ability to effectively use a personal computer and basic software including: word processing, spreadsheets, and electronic mail clients. Proficiency in using databases, online tools such as Google Drive, and project/case management or tracking systems.

  • Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects. Demonstrated experience and capacity to thrive under high-pressure conditions while prioritizing and organizing project workloads to meet established deadlines.

  • Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. Ability to write concisely, persuasively, and in summary of large amounts of information, all while adapting writing styles to fit varying circumstances.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri, occasional overtime as needed