The University of Washington in Seattle, WA
Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
Oct 04, 2017
Nov 03, 2017
Field of specialization
Environmental, Health & Safety
Job Type
Full time

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.  Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service.  Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Director of the Environmental Health Laboratory.

The EH Laboratory Director is a senior scientist housed in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.  The position’s overall responsibilities include directing a complex service provider (Environmental Health Laboratory) and research resource (Trace Organics Analysis Center). The Environmental Health Laboratory, funded through a Washington state appropriation to DEOHS, provides essential analytical support to Washington state employers, employees, government agencies, and the general public. The Environmental Health Laboratory is currently accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Program.  The Trace Organics Analysis Center is a valuable research resource serving UW faculty, principal investigators and external researchers with complex methods development and implementation, chemical analyses, and integration into competitive federal and private grant submissions and awards. The Director’s skills in analytical chemistry as applied to environmental and occupational health sciences is highly sought after in various UW departments and centers. The Director must be able to navigate very complex scientific questions from many perspectives ranging from the big picture scientific approaches to the day-to-day detail of laboratory operations (overseeing quality control, sustaining equipment through acquisitions and repairs, overseeing accreditation, and advising on finances, and managing scientific staff). Working in a higher education setting, the Director is also responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, as well as individuals pursuing post-doctoral education and junior faculty newly entering the field of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Specific responsibilities include:

          Environmental Health Laboratory Director:

  • Direct all aspects of the Environmental Health Laboratory including serving as the liaison to numerous existing and potential clients throughout Washington state. The Director communicates directly with various leaders in business, governmental agencies, non-profits, and other organizations to convey the various resources available from the Laboratory as well as provide consultation on a myriad of questions and problems.
  • Ensure activities of the Laboratory are consistent with the parameters of the Washington state appropriation funding and serve as the leader of one of the department’s four service programs to integrate resources across the Department for a comprehensive approach.
  • Oversee Laboratory tracking and metrics of service. Tracking clients, sample processing, and other metrics to provide reports to Department leadership as well as others including the External Advisory Committee. Initiate and partner with others to conduct Laboratory strategic planning reflecting a balance of the integration of the service based work and separate research resource housed in the Trace Organics Analysis Center. The Director may be asked to work with a faculty advisory committee or task force assembled to support the Laboratory efforts, mission, and strategic plan development and implementation.
  • Lead all accreditation efforts including compliance with existing standards, review an assessment of existing accreditation and Laboratory and service-based needs; oversee and represent the Laboratory in all communication with accrediting agency including reporting, site visits, follow-up corrections, etc. Report activities to various stakeholders including advisory committees, department leadership, faculty, and others.
  • Direct quality assurance and control activities advising others on quality systems, approaches, application, and results. Maintain quality control charts and other applicable information and record keeping. Develop and monitor quality control and assurance methods and controls. Provide guidance to other units seeking advice regarding similar efforts.

    Trace Organics Analysis Center Director:
  • Collaborate with UW faculty and professional staff investigators as well as external clients to hypotheses, methodologies, data analysis and interpretation of results for a complex and wide variety of studies and service requests.
  • Oversee TOAC staff and guest laboratory scientists in method development, application, interpretation of results, and quality control/assurance for multiple diverse studies. Effort requires ability to understand intricacies of scientific method and application in order to trouble shoot and propose adjustments; communicate set-up, implementation and results in a clear concise manner; and integrate awareness of external budget expense and cost containment ensuring adequate and timely feedback to principal investigators.
  • Responsible for overall TOAC financial reporting and solvency for integration in overall reporting, reviewing and approving invoicing and billing, and approving quarterly reporting provided to campus units. Overall responsibility for audit compliance and accuracy of financial information.

    Combined Director Functions:
  • Supervise current and future staff; current staffing is two research scientists (1.8 FTE) and one manager (1.0 FTE), mentoring and guiding the work of the scientists providing direct support in navigating complex research questions, balancing a fluctuating workload, providing an intermediary between the faculty and other clients with the laboratory staff. Supervision of the Manager includes partnering and providing information regarding the Laboratory and Center finances helping to ensure audit compliance, fiscal solvency, and adequate balance of work responsiveness to the various service and research clients. The Director is responsible for performance evaluations and assessment of workloads for temporary and permanent hires.
  • Serve as the department point person for on-site safety compliance and oversight including managing laboratory safety surveys and compliance for the Laboratory, responding to various safety inquiries from other Department laboratories, and ensuring an up-to-date safety plan is in place.
  • Oversee and conduct planning, repair, replacement and new acquisition of laboratory instrumentation.
  • Lead streamlined efficiency efforts integrating technology, for example LIMS system, and personnel work flow to ensure sustained quality, accurate results, and efficient functioning of the Laboratory.
  • Partner with department faculty leadership and communication team to develop content and look of informative webpages for external and internal audiences.

  • PhD in Chemistry, Toxicology, Biochemistry or related field with a minimum six years of experience overseeing and managing laboratory operations

    Additional  Requirements:
  • Thorough knowledge of analytical chemistry and its application to environmental and occupational health problems; ability to translate direct laboratory experience and sample analysis into complex methodological parameters for research studies and service based requests; ability to understand and apply knowledge of complex instrument functioning in order to perform repairs, conduct acquisitions; and train others; knowledge of grant and contract and state audit compliance requirements; knowledge of human subjects requirements; ability to communicate with a diverse audience; ability to train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students as well as junior research scientists and faculty.
  • Specific expertise in ICPMS, GC-MS, GC-FID, LC-UV/FTIR, FTIR, and GC-MS-MS, LC-MS-MS.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


    Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

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