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Occupational Safety and Health Manager - National Institutes of Health

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Full-time position
Closing Date: December 13, 2017
Job #12102
Posted: December 7, 2017


Join us on the leading edge of discovery. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the premiere biomedical research center for the Nation and the world. The agency’s 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 25,000 scientists and support staff leading the way toward important medical discoveries, improving people’s health and saving lives. We are seeking an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist with a strong biology, microbiology, or related sciences background to support the agency’s health and safety efforts. A detailed position description is attached.


The selected candidate will be interacting with a variety of personnel ranging from wage grade to senior executive service managers. As such, the incumbent must be tactful, possess good communication skills and be a team player. The occupational safety and health manager is required to work with a high degree of independence and must be knowledgeable and experienced in occupational safety, biological or chemical sciences, and laboratory safety. The position is an O-5 billet, but we are recruiting junior officers with the proper background.

Position Responsibilities

The incumbent serves as a Safety and Occupational Health Manager in the Safety Operations and Support Branch, and is responsible for the performance of a portion of the day-to-day activities of the SOSB.  In addition, the incumbent supports the Chief, SOSB, in developing short and long term operational goals, assessing safety program performance and Branch needs with respect to training, mentoring and individual development.  The incumbent also serves as an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist to one or more Institutes or Centers (IC’s), within the NIH.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Functions as a recognized authority in laboratory safety, and serves as a communication link between the biomedical research community and professionals in the field of laboratory safety regarding risk assessments, and the need for development of containment equipment, guidelines, systems and procedures to enhance occupational health and safety in biomedical research.
  • Plans, schedules, and directs comprehensive safety surveys of laboratories, animal research facilities, offices and shop areas for the purpose of identifying potential risks and
  • Organizes, conducts and participates in meetings with IC safety committees, senior investigators, engineers, designers and planners, and IC management.  Provides expert consultation in specific safety and health issues, including laboratory practices and procedures, for biomedical research
  • Collaborates with the DOHS Safety Training Manager in planning, organizing, and supervising occupational health and safety training programs for employees of the NIH and promotes participation by other staff members. 
  • Serves as a member of, or consultant to, various NIH committees and provides guidance to NIH management on matters dealing with laboratory safety and health issues. 
  • Conducts protocol-driven risk assessment of laboratory and animal research proposals and makes recommendations for mitigation of risk to the NIH and surrounding community
How to Apply:

POC Name and Email

Candidates should send their curriculum vitae to: John Veitch, CIH, at  

Phone interviews will be conducted for candidates located outside of the Washington DC metro area. Officers selected for interviews will be requested to provide contact information for two professional references who can attest to the individual’s work experience.