Job title: Chemical Safety Specialist

Company: Berkeley Lab

Job description: Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source Division has an opening for a Chemical Safety Specialist.

The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab’s outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our growing team!

The core values of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which the entire ALS community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting a vibrant, diverse and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a diverse lab community.

What You Will Do:

  • Oversee all work planning and control in the ALS User Chemistry Lab.
  • Utilize extensive knowledge of chemistry lab research needs and DOE EHS compliance requirements to develop and implement user work applications, review mechanisms, work authorization packages, training, and orientation, oversight, and assurance functions for the ~700 unique users/year that perform experiment preparation work in these labs.
  • Develop processes and systems that assure efficient and service-oriented support and scheduling of this work. Be able to apply these systems to a wide variety of ad hoc and unique research proposals.
  • Provide for appropriate and adequate lab materials and equipment, and manage standard LBNL laboratory H&S requirements such as chemical inventory, hazard management system, ventilation, posting/labeling, etc.
  • Review all hazardous materials proposed by users in the Experimental Hall.
  • Provide for appropriate health and safety controls.
  • Work closely with beamline scientific staff, experiment coordination staff, LBNL EHS Division staff, and a wide range of users to assure efficient, effective, and service-oriented reviews.
  • Help to assure the proper execution and documentation of the various ALS EHS programs including ergonomic safety, advocacy, and WPC activity management.
  • Work with LBNL EHS staff to assure proper integration and coordination with institutional programs.
  • Develop working relationships with other DOE Light Source staff to implement appropriate collaborations.

What is Required:

  • Expert-level knowledge of chemistry- equivalent to BS in Chemistry or higher and/or 7-10 years related experience
  • Extensive working experience in a wet chemistry lab environment
  • Experience working with and around hazardous materials ina safe manner
  • Demonstrated knowledge of EH&S programs
  • Proven program management abilities including
  • Excellent oral and written communication and strong organizational skills
  • Customer service-oriented approach and work ethic
  • Experience and/or demonstrated ability to work in a diverse environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in a user facility and/or with synchrotron accelerators
  • Experience in a DOE environment
  • Knowledge of assurance programs
  • Experience or knowledge of biosafety, radiation safety, and/or nanosafety programs

This position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by August 20, 2021.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

Expected salary:

Location: California

Job date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 03:15:59 GMT

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