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TURI Science/EHS Support Specialist

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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
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General Summary of Position:

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

About TURI:

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute is a pioneering institute dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Over its 30-year history, TURI has helped companies to reduce their use of hazardous chemicals by over 40% and slash the release of toxic pollutants to the environment by over 90%.

We believe everyone should enjoy a healthy environment and safe work.  TURI’s dynamic team of scientists and policy experts develop innovative opportunities to turn this vision into reality. TURI encourages staff to use their creativity, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit to work collaboratively with a diverse array of businesses and researchers to prevent cancer, respiratory illnesses, childhood diseases and disabilities, among other adverse health outcomes linked to toxic exposures.

Our work focuses on identifying safer alternatives to toxic chemicals of high concern, promoting adoption of safer alternatives in businesses both small and large, and encouraging use of proven techniques designed to prevent pollution and occupational exposures. TURI projects include providing training in toxics use reduction to professionals worldwide; conducting cutting edge research and development of safer alternatives to high hazard substances; assisting manufacturing facilities, small businesses and community organizations to implement projects to reduce toxics use; testing the performance of safer cleaners and disinfectants in our unique laboratory; and analyzing policies related to emerging chemical concerns. 

Learn more about our accomplishments and programs at

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, chemistry, ecology, toxicology, occupational or public health or a related scientific or technical field
  • Candidates must have at least two years of directly related experience; postgraduate education may be substituted for experience


  • Clearly demonstrated EHS research skills, including web-based research
  • Familiarity with industrial chemicals, their properties and potential effects on human health and the environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Clear communicator to both technical and lay audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on project teams
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills

Additional Considerations (desired but not required):

  • Experience and/or education in toxics use reduction and pollution prevention, toxicology, chemical environmental effects, green chemistry, or chemical alternatives assessment
  • Experience working with environmental and/or occupational health focused organizations; innovative thinking; and a master’s degree in a related scientific or technical fields.

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 P15. 

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.

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 is optional.




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