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EHS Specialist, Research Safety

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has an exciting opportunity for a Research Safety Specialist to join the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Reporting to the Biosafety Officer, the Specialist will be responsible for conducting inspections, creating education materials, and providing training on a variety of EHS related topics.

For Best Consideration, apply by July 2nd.

Benefits Information
UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, paid holidays, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).

Primary Duties
  • Conduct inspections of research laboratories and animal facilities to promote compliance with applicable environmental, occupational, radiological, biological, and fire safety regulations. Compose inspection reports and deliver them to the responsible party or parties. Work cooperatively with the customer to answer questions, ensure findings are resolved, and promote a culture of safety.
  • Draft technical correspondence, creates educational materials, and participates in outreach campaigns to promote the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
  • Provide hands-on training and consultation regarding environmental, occupational, biological, radiological and fire safety. Present briefings and trainings on selected topics of Environmental Health and Safety subject matter.
  • Utilize laboratory inspection coordination software. Provide customer assistance and training on software as a subject matter expert. Collect, sort/collate, and analyze data in the preparation of reports and recommendations to support current and future safety initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of procedures in technical areas such as occupational safety and health, radiation safety, biosafety, environmental compliance and fire safety.
  • Support research safety committees through protocol review, post approval monitoring inspections and radioactive materials inspections to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct accident investigations and follow up on reported safety concerns.
  • Participate in the response to campus emergencies involving environmental, occupational, life, fire and laboratory safety.
  • Other job duties as assigned.
Qualifications :

Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, occupational health, health physics or other relevant science-related field.
Experience: One (1) year progressive experience in hazardous materials management (which may include work in a research laboratory), occupational and life safety, environmental compliance, Biosafety or radiation safety.

Special Conditions of Employment:
  • Physical requirements: Light to moderate physical effort is generally required. Some activities will require traversing the campus and remaining standing for long periods of time while others require being able to remain sedentary for 50% of the time. Position also requires staff to position themselves to lower levels, including crouching or kneeling to reach desired location. Occasionally ascend/descend ladders/stools. The employee must be able to carry/move/transport up to 50 pounds on occasion.
  • Hazardous Materials: Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions. Position will require employee to work with hazardous materials or be in areas where radiation producing equipment, radioactive materials, chemicals or infectious agents are present. Employee is required to wear personal protective equipment and a respirator in certain circumstances where personal protection is determined to be needed. Offers of employment may be contingent on applicant obtaining medical clearance by university approved medical staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of position requirements.
  • Knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws.
  • Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems.
  • Ability to collect data, maintain accurate records, prepare technical reports and interpret findings.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently.
  • Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Respect and Integrity, Well-being and Sustainability, Equity and Justice, and Innovation and Discovery.
The Hiring Range for this position is in the high $50,000s to mid $60,000s, commensurate with education and experience.

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request . You may also contact Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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