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TURI Science/EHS Support Specialist

Apply now Job no: 497719
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Toxic Use Reduction Institute
Salary: $48,000 to $55,000/year, commensurate with experience
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General Summary of Position:

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) is a research, policy and education institute located at UMass Lowell, whose main responsibility is to implement the Commonwealth’s Toxics Use Reduction Act.  The Institute assists Massachusetts companies, environmental health and safety professionals, and communities in their toxics use reduction efforts through education and training, research, grants, laboratory services, information and technical support for companies and communities. The Institute also manages the TURA program’s Science Advisory Board, which evaluates chemical hazards.

The Science/EHS Support Specialist will research environmental health and safety (EHS) information to support a variety of Institute activities including the Science Advisory Board, alternatives assessments, and other toxics use reduction projects as necessary. Job duties include:

  • Gather information for the Science Advisory Board on chemical toxicity, environmental effects, and physical properties; tasks will include researching and organizing information as well as performing literature reviews.
  • Gather and analyze EHS information for research, for industry and community toxics use reduction (TUR) projects and alternatives assessment.
  • Assist with defining TURA chemical categories, determining degradation pathways for industrial chemicals, and identifying substances with similar chemistries.
  • Attend Science Advisory Board meetings and provide administrative support for those meetings.

This position involves occasional local travel.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, chemistry, occupational or public health or related technical field
  • Two years' directly related experience; postgraduate education may be substituted for experience
  • Demonstrated research skills, including web-based research
  • Familiarity with industrial chemicals, their properties and health/ environmental effects
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on project teams
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in technical/scientific discipline

Experience and/or education in:

  • Toxics use reduction and pollution prevention
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical environmental effects
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical alternatives assessment

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. 

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, cover letter and writing sample with your application. Writing sample can be on any subject.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. 

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