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TURI Green Chemist

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Toxic Use Reduction Institute
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position: 

TURI is hiring an innovative green chemist to help advance its groundbreaking work to protect human health and the environment. The person holding this position will have the opportunity to think creatively, helping advance innovation into safer alternatives to toxic chemicals and materials. This position will work with key TURI staff, researchers, businesses and public interest organizations to identify, develop and implement solutions to protect workers and communities. These solutions include opportunities to reduce the use of toxic chemicals as well as finding safer alternatives to incumbent technologies with intrinsic hazards. The successful candidate will play an important role as TURI develops and implements a new strategic plan. 

The Green Chemist works to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in products and manufacturing processes by identifying, developing, and analyzing safer alternatives to those chemicals, and working with key partners and stakeholders to advance the adoption of safer alternatives.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Research and develop safer alternatives to toxic chemicals by applying green chemistry principles.
  • Design, conduct, and perform laboratory experiments to evaluate performance of safer alternatives; oversee any students assisting with testing.
  • Analyze lab data and document results. Maintain written and electronic records about progress of research performed. Summarize work for case studies and other publications. Assist with alternatives assessment reports.
  • Work with businesses to propose, test, and implement green chemistry and toxics use reduction solutions.
  • Ensure compliance with laboratory health and safety guidelines, including materials ordering, storage, and use; equipment function and sterilization; and proper waste disposal.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, including chemistry, engineering or environmental science
  • Strong interest, education and/or work experience in green chemistry
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate to both technical and lay audiences
  • Proficient at researching new topic areas via internet searches, literature searches, and outreach to experts via phone/in person/virtual meetings
  • Ability to analyze, categorize, and summarize data from multiple sources
  • Experience in designing and conducting laboratory experiments

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or other related field
  • Significant experience in green chemistry, research and development
  • Familiarity with alternatives assessment methodologies including assessing for performance, cost and hazard
  • Demonstrable innovativeness
  • Familiarity with chemical laws and policies
  • Experience working with industry

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P16.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.  

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. Submission of a writing sample, publication list and research interest is optional. 


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