Laboratory Safety Officer, Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Laboratory Safety Officer, Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Laboratory Safety Officer (LSO) for the Innovation Campus at Burlington MA (ICBM) will manage campus safety oversight, laboratory and research safety trainings and compliance, and required inspections for the full spectrum of labs across the campus. The Life Science Testing Center, a CLIA certified COVID-19 Testing facility is a key component of the laboratory safety needs on the ICBM. Additionally, there are a variety of faculty labs along with labs of our early-stage and industry partners who are embedded on the campus which require oversight and compliance inspections.

The LSO will be the key interface with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at the university. He/she must ensure compliance with university, local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to lab safety, the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials, and responding to any spills, exposures or incidents. LSO is responsible for trainings of lab personnel, inspections and signage of labs, and working with PIs and researchers on planning for the safety and compliance of all current and proposed research. The LSO will also work with the Radiation Safety Program Manager and the Biosafety Program Manager within the EH&S group and serve as the safety consultant for the Facilities Design & Construction group for appropriate input on new facilities being built.

Responsibilities for campus safety oversight, lab & research safety oversight and trainings, inspections and follow up, and advising on proposed lab and facility build-out.

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, occupational health and safety sciences, or other applicable degree. Master's degree preferred.
  • Five or more years' work experience with an established environmental health and safety program with direct responsibility supporting adherence to safety requirements in complex laboratory environments. Experience in higher education preferred and Industrial hygiene experience preferred.
  • Broad understanding of laboratory safety and environmental regulations.
  • Knowledge of common laboratory equipment and processes. Knowledge of engineering process and/or health science programs preferred.
  • Hazmat release and spill experience.
  • Understanding of requirements for the operation of a Biosafety Level 2 laboratory, Biosafety Level 3 laboratory understanding preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and organizational skills
  • Experience conducting inspections, interpreting, and applying technical regulations & standards
  • Experience assessing risk and recommending corrective actions
  • Experience in developing and presenting educational/training programs for diverse populations
  • Operate instrumentation required to monitor personnel chemical exposures and evaluate monitoring results
  • Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, occupational health and safety sciences, or other applicable degree
  • Experience in higher education and Industrial Hygiene

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Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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