Northwestern University Opportunity (Job ID 29372):
Northwestern University seeks to employ a varied and diverse range of dynamic people who understand the importance of our mission and vision. When you consider a career at Northwestern University, you know that you are joining an institution with a deep history of academic, professional and personal excellence.
Currently, we have a career opportunity as a Chemical Hygiene Officer (Evanston Campus).
The Chemical Hygiene Officer will serve as the campus-wide Chemical Hygiene Officer (as required by OSHA) and function as the ORS resident expert on chemical safety, toxicology and risk assessment involving the safe use and storage of hazardous chemicals in teaching and research. This position will also work in cooperation with the EHS function in Risk Management to ensure a common approach to chemical safety across NU. The individual will ensure OSHA compliance with the “Laboratory Standard” (29 CFR 1910.1450) by ensuring that a key compliance document—the Chemical Hygiene Plan—meets the needs of the campus and is kept current.
This position performs risk and compliance assessments, and promotes safe work practices within Northwestern University managed research laboratories—specifically the Chemistry Department. The incumbent will work with the principal investigators, researchers and administrators in assigned departments to prepare and update standard operating procedures and policies. Safety support services include laboratory safety inspections, development of training content, response to laboratory emergencies, incident investigations and other services.
Please note: Candidate must carry a cell phone, pager at all times while at work. May be required to wear a pager during off-hours. Incumbent must be physically capable of hazardous materials response: wearing chemical protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus during emergency response.
- Serves in the official capacity of Chemical Hygiene Officer for NU as the ORS residential expert on chemical safety, toxicology and risk assessment involving the safety use and storage of hazardous chemicals in teaching and research.
- Works with principal investigators and researchers to integrate safety procedures into laboratory operations. Promotes safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, incident experience, best management practice, and University policy. Performs the more complex risk and industrial hygiene assessments and safety audits, and drafts performance reports. Acts as the subject matter expert to make recommendations on appropriate laboratory safety practices and exposure control.
- Collaborates with principal investigators, safety designates, students, staff and contractors. Leads the development of guidelines, training content and standard operating procedures for the more complex or novel safety operations involving inhalation toxicity, chemical reactions under high pressure, highly reactive chemicals, hazardous energy lock-out, electrical safety, and engineered nanomaterials. Assists researchers with the management of chemical inventory processes.
- Under limited direction, develops contingency plans for emergency response and drills with all stakeholders. Serves as one of ORS's field deployed safety and health representatives and certified hazardous materials shippers.
- Reviews new regulatory requirements for applicability to research safety and assess the impact of new or proposed regulations on laboratory safety resource needs. Researches scientific publications and other academic safety programs for innovative approaches to safety operations and develops recommendations for improvements or simplification.
- Improves own professional skills through outreach, training and acquiring certification.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's degree in chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science or equivalent and five or more years of relevant research safety experience.
- OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- Must pass pre-employment physical screening. Fit to carry 50lbs, walk extensively, and be medically approved to wear chemical protective clothing including respirators. Must have no medical condition that would interfere with performing essential job functions.
- Must be able to respond to potential emergencies of the Evanston campus, off hours and weekends within one hour.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with individuals from many cultural backgrounds and varying language skills.
- Demonstrated written and oral presentation skills, ability to keep careful records, complete assigned forms, follow up as necessary to meet identified needs.
- Self-motivated to work independently following established policies and procedures.
PhD degree in chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science or equivalent and three to five years' experience managing laboratory safety programs.
Working at Northwestern University:
Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.
Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.
Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.
For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will apply for current openings. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 29372.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.