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$81,995.76 - $93,400/Year
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#129013 EH&S Research Assistance Program Specialist 2

Extended Deadline: Thu 4/25/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 4/2/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 4/11/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open till filled. Initial application review date is 4/11/2024.


Uses applicable EH&S concepts to implement a single-function program or multi-specialty programs applicable to a variety of organization infrastructures and departments. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment and for following the defined policies and procedures. Applies professional level knowledge of subject, including complete knowledge of a specialty area within single academic / occupational discipline. Decision-making takes into account established procedures, relevant laws, regulations and organization policy, communication / outreach, and impact on other EH&S programs.

Under direction the incumbent uses professional judgment and operates independently to evaluate and correct radiological, chemical, biological, and general safety hazards in laboratories and laboratory support facilities according to industrial hygiene, radiation safety, safety engineering and environmental health principles and practices, as well as government codes and regulations and other legal requirements.

The incumbent will independently perform integrated lab safety surveys to identify chemical, radiation, biological, and general hazards in user’s facilities and use the results of these audits to coordinate lab safety efforts for large geographic areas of campus spanning multiple buildings and departments. Individual must be able to work with laboratory staff to correct deficiencies and build professional relationships toward these goals. He or she will also provide routine laboratory safety training for faculty, staff, and students, in a variety of settings from individual to large group audiences.

Incumbent assists in the development of written materials, policies and procedures to support the campus laboratory safety program, contributes to the UCSD Laboratory Safety web page. Incumbent supports other chemical safety and research safety y programs including the UCSD Hazard Communication, carcinogen registration, controlled substances, and emergency response. Incumbent provides advice and consultation on chemical safety to non-lab facilities and assists the Research Assistance Program Officer on special projects. Assists in the development of objectives and goals for the Research Assistance Program These activities affect departments, groups of departments and occasionally campus-wide activities.

  • Serve as EHS Response Team member. May be requested to respond back to campus to support the EHS Duty Officer in the event of an after-hours, weekend, or holiday incident involving hazardous materials and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Industrial Hygiene or a closely related field and progressive years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Solid, comprehensive working knowledge and understanding of a specific EH&S field including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the identification and evaluation of health and safety hazards. Ability to evaluate occupational health problems and devise solutions. Demonstrated knowledge of current legal requirements, guidelines and prudent practices applying to health and safety issues. Experience with industrial hygiene techniques. Knowledge of fire, electrical and seismic safety issues.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of chemical toxicology and properties and the principles of chemical use and storage.

  • Intermediate knowledge of biosafety techniques, terminology and technology.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of radioisotope handling techniques, including principles of external radiation dosimetry and biological uptake. Knowledge of radioisotope measurements/analysis techniques using liquid scintillation, ion chambers, sodium iodide monitors, Geiger counters, gas proportional counters, etc.

  • Proven knowledge of California Radiation Control Regulations and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations relative to the control and use of radioactive materials. Knowledge of the Broadscope Type A Radioactive Materials license.

  • Proven knowledge of principles and procedures for disposal of hazardous chemical, biological and radioactive materials.

  • Demonstrated experience in design and performance of effective laboratory and shop surveys, and ability to evaluate results of such surveys.

  • Intermediate knowledge in the selection of and use of personal protective equipment(PPE). Ability to wear the required appropriate level of PPE including respiratory.

  • Demonstrated ability to use accepted professional practices to evaluate and respond to emergency situations.

  • Proven ability to read and interpret construction review plans.

  • Working skills in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Demonstrated ability to use word-processing, spreadsheet and database software to analyze data and prepare reports and training materials.

  • Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects. Ability to organize and schedule tasks to complete projects effectively and efficiently.

  • Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment and to impart health and safety information to workers of differing backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively with people in the widest variety of job classifications. Ability to develop and present safety trainings to groups of over 100 faculty, staff, and students.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV background checks and clearances required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

  • Must be able and willing to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators, and respond to health and safety emergencies.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $67,200 - $119,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $32.18 - $57.28

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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