Job: Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

Position Description:

The Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking an Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Manager for the Departments of Plant Biology and Global Ecology in Stanford, CA. The successful candidate will be hired as a full time employee and expected to spend about half time on the duties of EH&S Manager described below and the other half time on research and/or management in a laboratory. Carnegie is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to basic scientific research. The Carnegie Institution has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and diversity;  we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.

The institution’s Departments of Plant Biology and Global Ecology are located on the campus of Stanford University and pursue research in areas ranging from understanding the impacts of global change on the world’s ecosystems to exploring the molecular mechanisms of plants. The EH&S Manager is responsible for leading environmental health and safety initiatives to provide for the safety of campus personnel and the campus environment. The responsibilities encompass a wide array of activities aimed at implementing best practices and ensuring compliance with Federal, State, County, and Stanford University requirements. This includes:

Providing expert guidance – Advise Department Directors on best practices and applicable requirements in occupational and environmental health and safety.

CollaborationInteracting with scientific staff to facilitate science, train new arrivals in best laboratory practices, instruct in use of general laboratory equipment, and maintain the scientific infrastructure. 

Hazardous Materials Management Program – Attend all Stanford USP (University Safety Partners)  meetings, oversee the annual chemical inventory updates of all labs on Carnegie campus and update all Life Safety Boxes annually.

Regulatory Compliance with all Governmental Agencies – Primary contact for the following governmental agencies, as well as monitoring and retaining copies of all permits, certifications and licenses, including but not limited to: 

  • US ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) – 100% Ethanol permitting
  • Cal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration – IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Plan)
  • County of Santa Clara – Environmental Health Permit (compressed gases, flammable liquids, corrosives and poisons). 
  • City of Palo Alto – Wastewater management permit
  • Stanford University- Respirator Fit Test, chemical, radiological and hazardous waste disposal.

General Laboratory and Office Safety – Monthly walk-throughs and quarterly self-inspections. Correction of identified violations and follow up with appropriate personnel. Ensure a sufficient number of employees are First Aid trained and renew when required. 

Safety Training – Maintain a Safety Training program in accordance with California Title 8 provisions for all new hires and visitors, specifically tailored to cover the individual’s activities while at Carnegie. Train all new hires, maintain training documentation, and confirm re-certifications of existing personnel as required.

Hazardous Materials Safety and Storage – Monthly inspections, inventory control and document retention. 

Radiation Safety – Monthly radiations surveys with on-line reporting to EH&S. Oversee on-line and in-house training and re-certifications. Coordinate new protocol approvals. Conduct quarterly rad inspections with reporting to Stanford EH&S regarding radioisotope inventory, room inspections, GM counter tests and sealed source inventory. Facilitate the removal of solid and liquid radioactive wastes.

Biohazard Safety – Monitor the training and re-certification of personnel and the use and disposal of BSL1 materials per existing SU EH & S guidelines. 

Chemical Waste Management – Arrange for the disposal of unwanted chemicals, oversee Chemtracker inventories for both Departments. 

General Laboratory Management – Coordinate repairs and maintain annual service contracts of all major laboratory equipment that is in common use, continually investigate cost-effective alternatives, cultivate vendor relations, provide lab coat service, maintain records of training on common equipment, conduct quarterly lab manager meetings and resolve any laboratory related problems. Coordinate annual balance and pipette calibrations. Maintain common stocks such as ethanol in the warehouse, developer supplies for the film processor.

The manager also acts as the primary liaison with Stanford EH&S, County of Santa Clara, USDA and responds promptly to their inquiries and requests.

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred but not required
  • Professional certifications in EH&S specialities (CSP, CSHM, CHMM)
  • Supervisory experience
  • A very high level of professional know-how
  • An ability to track and stay on top of things to ensure that “nothing falls through the cracks”
  • A constant desire to look for ways to add value and contribute more rather than wait to be assigned tasks
  • Reliability and responsibility: You don’t drop the ball, the buck stops with you, and you make sure that things get done reliably and efficiently
  • Superlative professionalism, tact, empathy, maturity, positivity, flexibility, openness, helpfulness, and good sense of humor

What you will get:

A competitive salary and an opportunity to receive great benefits, have a flexible schedule, work in an academic environment on the Stanford campus, and work with a group of diverse researchers with a passion for science and humanity. Carnegie seeks to provide a culture of mentoring and professional development for all employees; additional professional development/training programs are offered internally.

Anticipated Hire Date:

We are looking to fill this position in June 2022 but could be earlier if  the right candidate is found. In light of ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, we will work with successful candidates to accommodate individual needs and safety.

Application Documents & Submission: 

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references and (2) a curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Clare Tuma, HR Business Partner, at All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: 


Employer Information:

Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement:

Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at