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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

To serve as the College of Pharmacy’s designated safety officer, responsible for coordinating with the College’s facilities team, leadership, research community, and others to facilitate lab safety, enact general emergency policies and procedures, and conduct responsibilities related to research facilities and equipment.



  • Serve as a liaison between U-M Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the College of Pharmacy (COP) research community, facilities team, and leadership as the COP’s designated Safety Coordinator.
  • Provide resources to assist faculty, lab managers, staff, and students with issues related to chemical, biological, and controlled substances safety.           
  • Work with COP safety monitors to conduct quarterly lab inspections and document all inspection results.
  • Follow up on all deficiencies identified during internal quarterly lab inspections or during inspections conducted by EHS to resolve them within the specified time periods, reporting/escalating to the appropriate authorities as necessary.
  • Investigate any lab safety incidents, resolve any related safety concerns, and document as appropriate, reporting/escalating to the appropriate authorities as necessary.                          
  • Oversee system for the inventory of chemicals, biological reagents, and controlled (scheduled) substances used by individual lab directors and their personnel. 
  • Ensure documentation in the inventory system of controlled substances obtained for research or non-clinical purposes through Michigan Medicine.
  • Work with the UMOR-Compliance Monitors to ensure compliance with the COP Controlled Substances Policy.
  • Monitor and ensure the safe handling of lab chemical and biological wastes, and correct deficiencies as necessary.                 
  • Identify and implement new safety initiatives, and advise leadership regarding COP and U-M safety issues, initiatives, and events.  
  • Inspect research areas before visits by photographers and review visual media before public exposure to ensure that all media are reflective of COP safety standards.  Initiate corrective action if necessary.                        
  • Serve as a member of the COP Safety Committee, the University’s Health Sciences Safety Committee (HSSC), the university’s Lab and Research Safety Committee (LRSC), and other committees as assigned.
  • Complete any safety coordinator training required/recommended by EHS or oversight committees.
  • Present safety updates to faculty and staff at meetings and through other means.


  • Implement a lab shut-down process and manage the decommissioning process when a lab is to be vacated; coordinate with facilities team.                            
  • Implement a lab start-up process and manage the commissioning process when a lab is to be occupied; coordinate with facilities team.                     
  • Ensure that the use of shared or open-access research equipment, including centrifuges, autoclaves, and scintillation counters is in compliance with the COP safety policy.
  • Work with the facilities team to track research equipment inventory.
  • Report and follow up on maintenance issues related to labs, and arrange for repair service on shared lab equipment as needed. 
  • Work with facilities team, faculty, and lab managers to plan and manage lab relocations and renovations.
  • Coordinate with facilities team on other matters as needed.                           


  • Work with others to establish, maintain, communicate, and enforce policies and procedures related to lab safety.  Ensure compliance with COP and U-M policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that data and documentation related to lab safety, including lab allocation; lab classification; required certifications; lab personnel rosters; training; hygiene plans; hygiene officers; inventory of chemicals, biological reagents, and controlled substances; inspection results; and standard operating procedures are properly documented.  Provide data as needed to COP leadership and others.
  • Maintain COP internal web page regarding safety information, policies, procedures, best practices, and resources.


  • Present general safety and emergency response orientations to all incoming lab students and staff, and provide individualized orientations to incoming faculty lab directors and lab managers.
  • Provide ongoing lab safety training as needed to research groups.
  • Provide communication and guidance regarding training offered/required by EHS or other U-M sources.
  • Provide guidance to outgoing personnel regarding lab exit procedures.


  • Work with the facilities team, COP leaderships, and others to establish, maintain, communicate, and enforce policies and procedures related to general emergency response.
  • Lead the COP’s combined Building Incident Response Team(BIRT)/Safety Monitors Team, which serves the dual purpose of facilitating general emergency responses and lab safety monitoring.  This includes scheduling and facilitating quarterly meetings, agendas, and meeting summaries; providing team training; reviewing team procedures; conducting drills; and ensuring full membership.
  • Monitor all evacuations and emergency responses in accordance with established procedures.
  • Provide assistance to university response personnel including DPSS and the College’s facilities team and leadership in the event of a lab or other emergency.
  • Maintain a state of readiness and provide emergency communications in accordance with established procedures.

Required Qualifications*

  • BS degree in a science field plus at least 5 years of experience in a chemical or biological laboratory environment (or equivalent combination of education/experience); MS degree preferred.
  • Considerable knowledge of safety regulations and safe lab practices.
  • Familiarity with federal lab standards and other resources.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of faculty, students, trainees, and staff.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and database experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.