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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.



Health and Safety Specialist 2

Job Requisition #: 3125
Classification Title: Health and Safety Specialist 2
Grade: J
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1



We are seeking a highly motivated Health and Safety Specialist with extensive experience in developing, implementing and maintaining a broad range of safety and environmental programs. In this position, you will be joining our Field Services team within the Environment, Safety, and Health Division. Members of this team support safety services, chemical /Hazardous materials management, industrial hygiene, and waste management function critical to SLAC’s scientific research and operational mission.

In addition to core duties, specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage one or more specific ES&H topic programs this includes administering, assessing, and improving programs, and serving as a subject matter expert in support of operations at the Laboratory. Possible programs may include general construction safety, hoisting & rigging, powered industrial trucks, hazardous mat/waste management, contractor safety, permitting, indoor air quality investigations, etc.
  • Support construction projects (field observations and project planning documentation and specifications) to ensure that they meet requirements; work with stakeholders to find the best solution to safety problems while enabling the team to meet the project schedule and budget.
  • Develop and deliver safety training for programs that they manage. Examples may include: industrial hygiene, electrical safety, waste management, environmental sustainability, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessments, laser safety, etc.
  • Develop and conduct training; identify, assessments, and monitor workplace hazards and hazard mitigations; support the investigation of incidents; providing technical advice and interpretation of regulations.
  • Effectively interface and collaborate with all levels of staff including technicians, principal investigators, and operational support teams.


Under limited supervision, perform moderately complex technical work in a wide range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to ensure a safe work environment and to achieve compliance with the university's environmental, health, and safety standards and governmental regulatory requirements.


  • Develop, implement, and maintain programs, systems, and procedures necessary to ensure the overall safety and health of employees and the community.
  • May develop and conduct employee and student training, emergency preparedness activities, and/or assurance and accreditation programs.
  • Identify, assess, and monitor workplace hazards (including but not limited to, chemical, physical, biological, and radiological) that could be present in the work area; remediate hazards, and/or recommend improvements to minimize hazard potential.
  • Investigate accidents, incidents, injuries, and complaints concerning potential hazards or unsafe conditions in the work place.
  • Recommend improvements in processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment to minimize hazard potential.
  • Provide technical advice and university interpretation of various government regulations and university policies; maintain working knowledge of specific government regulations.
  • May act as a lead or technical expert, and provide direction to less experienced personnel working on health/safety programs.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific field and three years progressively responsible experience in occupational safety and health, emergency response/management, environmental science, and/or allied/scientific field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

A background in one or more of the following is strongly preferred:   

  • General construction safety involving hoisting & rigging, powered industrial trucks, hazardous mat/waste management, contractor safety, permitting, indoor air quality investigations, etc.
  • Industrial hygiene, electrical safety, waste management, environmental sustainability, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessments, laser safety, etc.
  • Experience in an academic or laboratory research environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective health and safety surveys, quantitative and qualitative exposure/risk assessments, and data analyses; ability to provide recommendations for exposure/risk control.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to maintain current knowledge of and interpret specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits) and university policies.
  • Working knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and potential impact on assigned work area(s).
  • Successfully interface and collaborate with all levels of staff including technicians, principal investigators and operational support teams.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Hold or is actively working to obtain initial professional certifications (e.g., Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), etc.)

SLAC Competencies:

  • Effective Decisions:  Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development:  Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability :  Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative:  Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability:  Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication:   Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals. 

Job-Specific Competencies (TBD)

  • Manages Ambiguity: Operates effectively, even when thins are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Manages Conflict: Handles conflict situations effectively, with minimum noise.  


  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks, conduct w alk-throughs  and perform inspections,
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
  • Occasionally kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver's license.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
  • May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals
  • May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,



SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.


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