Research Safety Specialist

California, United States
16 Oct 2018
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16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

As a member of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at Stanford University, the Research Safety Specialist is expected to work closely with faculty, staff, and students in research and teaching laboratories to provide health and safety support for research design, problem solving, identification and promulgation of best practices, training, and compliance assistance.

In addition to providing routine EH&S program services, staff provide support as needed during University emergencies. All EH&S staff are to comply with governmental regulations and University policies and procedures regarding health and safety and are expected to serve as strong models and advocates for research health and safety. 


Under limited supervision, staff are to perform moderately complex technical work in a wide range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to aid faculty and researchers in conducting safe research and laboratory course instruction. Primary goals include, but are not limited, to identification and mitigation of research hazards, accident prevention, as well as compliance with the University’s environmental, health, and safety standards and governmental regulatory requirements. 

Job Code: 4382 


  • Develop, implement, and maintain programs, systems, and procedures necessary to ensure the overall safety and health of faculty, staff, and students in research and teaching labs. 
  • May act as a lead or technical expert, and provide direction to less experienced personnel working on health/safety programs.


  • Provide training and education to researchers regarding potential research hazards to prevent unsafe experimental conditions. 
  • Provide consultations in experimental design, operating procedures, and safe use of laboratory and shop equipment. 
  • Support technical analysis of laboratory incidents and near misses. Work with researchers to understand root causes and identify controls to prevent recurrence. 
  • Conduct independent compliance assurance reviews of environmental, health, and safety policies and procedures; and prepare accompanying safety evaluations, management reports, and other relevant documentation. 
  • Represent campus interests during inspections by local regulatory agencies. 

* Other duties may also be assigned 


Education and Experience: 

  • At a minimum, BA/BS in natural or physical science. 
  • At minimum, 2 years of health and safety experience and/or research experience with demonstrable health and safety responsibilities. 


  • Master’s or terminal degree in chemistry strongly desired. Advanced degrees in engineering sciences, environmental sciences, biomedical, or related disciplines also considered. 
  • Health and safety work experience in an academic research environment. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely. 

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of chemistry laboratory techniques with experience in developing/ evaluating experimental design and laboratory Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Understanding of the academic research environment and culture. 
  • Technical proficiencies in one or more of the following: Chemical synthesis and reactive chemistry; mechanical or electrical engineering; laboratory ventilation and laboratory building design; high pressure systems; hazardous gas delivery systems, controls, and fabrication; process safety; shop safety. 
  • Working knowledge of occupational health and safety principles and applications; 
    • Proficiency to recognize and assess health and safety hazards; 
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct laboratory/ shop health and safety surveys; 
    • Familiarity with environmental and occupational health and safety laws, codes, and regulations. 


  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks. 
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand. 
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more. 
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver's license. 

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 


Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,