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Specialist, Laboratory Safety

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Please attach a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Specialist, Laboratory Safety
Department Environmental Health & Safety
Department Web Address
Full Time Equivalent


Position Type Administrative Faculty
Comp Grade B
Tenure Track Non Tenure Track
Job Description

The Specialist, Laboratory Safety, positions support the Laboratory Safety program within the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department by working to improve laboratory safety work practices through compliance with regulatory requirements and assisting the campus chemical inventory and hazard communication functions.

The Specialist works directly with administrators, faculty, laboratory staff, and students to reduce biological and chemical risks and achieve compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. The position reviews scientific protocols, evaluates laboratory work spaces and procedures, and assists laboratory personnel in correcting deficiencies. The Specialist presents training and educational materials for laboratory safety training sessions and other forums. The position may serve as the Alternate Responsible Official for the University of Nevada, Reno select agent program (bioterrorism agents). The Specialist assists in coordinating the campus biosafety cabinet certification and maintenance program, and coordinating review of biological agent use protocols and other Institutional Biosafety Committee activities.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a land-grant University and a major research institution in the state with a student population of over 18,000. The University is situated in Reno, a metropolitan area of nearly 400,000 on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada range. The city is conveniently located 38 miles from Lake Tahoe, a world-class skiing area with limitless summer and winter recreational opportunities.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years of relevant work experience OR Master’s Degree from an accredited institution and 1 year of relevant work experience.

Relevant Experience: Previous experience must include responsibility for chemical and/or biological safety.

Additional requirements:
- Nevada Class C driver’s license

- Occasional travel

- Ability to meet personal security requirements for approval for access to Tier 1 select agents and to serve as Alternate Responsible Official as specified by the Federal Select Agent Program (42 CFR Part 73, 9 CFR Part 121, and 7 CFR Part 331) and the UNR Select Agent Personnel Suitability Assessment Program.

Preferred Qualifications
Contact Information for this Position

Ben Owens, Search Chair,

Elisa White, Search Coordinator,

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date 07/20/2017
Job Close Date 08/17/2017
Open Until Filled No
Search Number 72689
Note to All Applicants

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

In addition to the general institutional background check, the selected candidate will have to meet federal requirements for access to select agents to include FBI background check and institutional suitability assessment. HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you initially learn about this recruitment/job opening?
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    • Other online resource. Specify URL below.
    • Newspaper or Professional/Trade Journal. Specify title below.
    • Association or Listserv. Specify below.
    • Personal Contact. Specify person and affiliation below.
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  2. If applicable, give more details on specific resource(s) indicated above.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Describe your experience with chemical safety & biosafety in teaching and research laboratories.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents