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#109618 EH&S Specialist 2

Extended Deadline: Tue 2/1/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/31/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/09/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) is dedicated to the reduction of risks within the UC San Diego community, and to the promotion of safety as value in our university culture. We are pleased to provide health, safety, and environmental services to everyone at UCSD. Our goal is to support the mission of the university by helping staff, faculty, and students take an active role in protecting their health and the environment.

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 facilities where research is conducted, research and teaching 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 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 Manager 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.

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


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

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the identification and evaluation of health and safety hazards. Ability to evaluate occupational health problems and devise solutions.

  • Knowledge of risk assessment, hazard identification and control, chemical toxicology and properties and the principles of chemical use and storage. Knowledge of biomedical and clinical research applications. Ability to read and interpret construction review plans.

  • Intermediate knowledge of biosafety techniques, terminology and technology. Knowledge of radioisotope handling techniques, including principles of external radiation dosimetry and biological uptake.

  • Knowledge of California Radiation Control Regulations and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations relative to the control and use of radioactive materials. Knowledge of principles and procedures for disposal of hazardous chemical, biological and radioactive materials.

  • Proven experience in design and performance of effective laboratory and shop surveys, and ability to evaluate results of such surveys. Ability to use accepted professional practices to evaluate and respond to emergency situations.

  • Knowledge of current legal requirements, guidelines and prudent practices applying to health and safety issues. Experience with industrial hygiene techniques. Knowledge of the Broadscope Type A Radioactive Materials license issued to the University. Knowledge of fire, electrical and seismic safety issues as they apply to UCSD.

  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and efficiently with people in the widest variety of job classifications. Ability to develop and present safety training's to groups of over 100 faculty, staff, and students.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge in the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Ability to wear the required appropriate level of PPE including respiratory. Working skills in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Intermediate knowledge in the selection of and use of personal protective equipment.


  • DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required prior to hire. Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver's license.

  • 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.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance

For more information about UCSD Benefits please click here and visit UCSD Work/Life.

To calculate an approximate value of the UC Total Compensation package, please click here.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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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