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Science, Environmental Health and Safety Support Specialist

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell Seeks a Science/EHS Support Specialist.

We’re looking for a high-achieving individual to help research environmental and health hazards of chemicals that may be added to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act list. The Science EHS Support Specialist will gather information on chemical toxicity and effects, help to define chemical categories, and identify alternatives, as well as provide support at Science Advisory Board meetings. This is a 9-month position with the possibility of extension. 

Job Description

To learn more and to apply, visit the UMass Lowell Human Resources website.

The Specialist will research environmental health and safety (EHS) information to support a variety of activities to protect workers, communities and the environment from toxic chemicals and pollution, including green chemistry and sustainability-related projects, an advisory board of environmental scientists and toxicologists, and other toxics use reduction projects as necessary.

The position is full-time benefited for a period of at least nine months to cover for staff on leave, and may be extended depending on funding.

Essential job duties include:

1. Research the scientific data on the human health and environmental hazards of toxic chemicals and pollution:

  • Gather information on chemical toxicity, environmental effects, and physical properties for the Science Advisory Board (SAB), the scientific body that recommends whether to include a chemical under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act.
  • Research online databases for information on selected toxic chemicals.
  • Assess relevance of information for the SAB’s consideration.
  • Perform literature reviews on selected chemicals.
  • Organize and summarize information to present to the Science Advisory Board for review.
  • Attend SAB meetings and provide administrative support, including logistics, recording minutes, and posting materials online as needed.

2. Support TURI activities on green and sustainable chemistry:

  • Gather and analyze EHS information.
  • Research online databases for information on selected chemicals.
  • Assess relevance of information for the alternatives assessment.
  • Organize, analyze and document the information for publication.
  • Assist with chemical categories including identifying substances with similar chemistries and analyzing degradation pathways.

3. Support TURI staff by gathering and summarizing EHS information for use by researchers, businesses and communities to reduce the use of toxics.

4. Promote the University’s commitment to customer service:

  • Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
  • Ensure optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
  • Maintain an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.

To learn more and to apply, visit the UMass Lowell Human Resources website.