Research Safety Professional - Division of Research Safety (145950)

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Division of Research Safety

University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

The Division of Research Safety (DRS),, is seeking applicants for one Research Safety Professional position to facilitate the safe use of regulated and hazardous materials in the conduct of research, teaching, and related activities, and enable compliance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding hazardous materials use and waste requirements. DRS partners with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (OVCRI), campus researchers, unit safety contacts and the campus community to promote an effective, world-class safety culture on campus. DRS supports the safe use of biological, chemical and radiological materials on campus and facilitates the campus community's understanding of and compliance with required regulations.

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Research Compliance

Understand, interpret, and implement federal, state, and local regulations regarding hazardous material handling and disposal (EPA, IEPA, OSHA, IOSHA, NIH, CDC, IEMA). Determine applicability of specialized hazardous material regulations to fundamental research conducted in campus laboratories and other associated research work areas. Serve as a resource to researchers regarding compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines. Ensure researchers meet the requirements of the OSHA Laboratory Standard. Audit laboratories annually, communicate findings, and track responses. Assist researchers, laboratory staff and other campus safety professionals in development and implementation of effective safety plans. Ensure handling and disposal of hazardous waste generated by research activities complies with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act campus permit. Use specialized knowledge to determine the proper handling and disposal conditions of unknown, potentially reactive/combustible/explosive, or mixed hazardous waste.

Research Safety

Review experimental protocols involving the use of hazardous material or equipment. Apply specialized knowledge on the reactivity of hazardous materials and mixtures to assist in procedure development. Advise on how to handle hazardous materials by evaluating the overall risk of the process. Provide emergency response for incidents involving hazardous materials. Serve as Liaison with local emergency responders and serve as a resource for hazardous material information. Perform incident investigations to determine causes and develop a corrective action plan with Principal Investigators. Assist in quenching or mitigating high hazard situations involving hazardous materials or laboratory procedures.


Develop specialized training on hazardous material handling techniques including technical guidance documents, online classes and tutorials, and other resource materials. Teach specialized classes (e.g. MatSE 492) and present training/information to large and small groups as needed. Propose and develop policies, program updates, educational tools, and data management related to hazardous material management. Provide subject matter expertise and information relating to specific research activities to compliance oversight committees. Serve as a contact point to ensure effective communication between the committee and researchers. Pursue professional development activities to expand/maintain technical expertise. Network with colleagues at other institutions, and share program information via publications, presentations, and participation in professional associations.


Document audit findings, consultations, and other safety and compliance related activities for multiple safety programs. Supervise hourly staff, students, and interns as needed. Perform duties as needed to further enhance the mission and goals of DRS.


Required: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, engineering or closelyrelated scientific or technical field. Alternate degree fields and combination of degree and degree field and experience will be closely considered/accepted depending upon the depth and nature of the experience as it pertains to this position. 2+ years experience working with hazardous chemicals in a laboratory environment, examining chemical reactivity, handling hazardous waste materials, and providing laboratory chemical/safety/industrial hygiene support. Experience performing risk assessments in areas with hazardous materials and applying best practices for working with hazardous materials including, but not limited to, pyrophoric, corrosives, flammables, and toxic chemicals. Undergraduate internships may count toward experience, if applicable to the experience sought. Familiarity with standard laboratory operating and safety procedures and an understanding of the research culture in a University setting. Exemplary communication, personal relations, team, and presentation skills. The ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under stringent deadlines. Exposure to standard University laboratory environment.

Preferred: Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in above-noted fields. Experience involving compliance oversight with federal and state regulations relevant, but not limited to, the use of chemicals. Experience working with or evaluating electrical hazards in research applications.

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Regular, 100%-time academic professional appointment on a 12month service basis. Eligible for full University benefits package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Start date as soon as possible after closing date.

TO APPLY: Applications must be received by June 21, 2021. To apply, all candidates must submit on online profile through by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload: 1) a cover letter which details qualifications noted above; 2) resume; and 3) the names and contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Erica Hanson OVCRI Human Resources, at [email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:OVCRI Category:6-Research Title:Research Safety Professional - Division of Research Safety (145950) Open Date:06/07/2021 Close Date:06/21/2021 Organization Name:Division of Research Safety




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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 6/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time