From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Laboratory Services Specialist Position at Smith College
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 15:18:11 -0400
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Good afternoon--

I am asking you to forward this if you know someone who is a solid, smart worker who also would meet the criteria and benefit from working at Smith.

To that end, at the bottom of this email there is a position description for a Laboratory Services Specialist that reports to me; it's a mix of purchasing and EHS, good for someone who is technical and wants variety in their work life. I don't expect prior waste handling experience--I will train, AND we don't pour off, so it's all containerized--but but they do need prior experience with lab safety/health/hazwaste issues, either in academia or in the corporate world...

Smith College, located in Northampton Massachusetts, is a great place to work, with excellent benefits and a beautiful science/engineering complex. Northampton is part of the Five Colleges (UMass-Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College and Smith), is roughly 104 miles from Boston and 45 miles from Hartford; a little over 2 hours from NYC. There's lots going on in the Happy Valley year-round...

Please have them contact me with any questions--

Here's the link to the online application site (from the menu on the left, choose "browse jobs"), and the position description can be accessed either in full below or at that website, since the listserv doesn't accept attachments...:

Many thanks!
Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
413-585-3877 (p)

Laboratory Services Specialist

Clark Science Center

Smith College

Smith College is accepting applications for a Laboratory Services Specialist to assist the Laboratory, Safety & Compliance Services (LS&CS) Director in the operations of safety and compliance for academic departments including hazardous waste management. In addition, this position assesses, transports, and segregates hazardous waste from teaching labs and some research labs, choosing appropriate storage conditions from those set up by the Director; acts as the Science Center EH&S records contact for any environmental health & safety regulatory agent when the LS&CS Director is away; assists laboratories with maintaining and setting up chemical inventories; and assists in the operations of the Science Center Stockrooms, providing support for purchasing, reassigning charges, fixed asset and chemical management.


Laboratory Safety and Compliance Services: Under the direction of the LS&CS Director assist in administering Clark Science Center programs for health, safety and environmental management, including laboratory inspections, chemical management, and hazardous/biohazardous waste management. Deputized for as Science Center health, safety and environmental management officer during the Director's absence from campus.

Computer Systems and Facilities Management: Assist with maintaining existing databases for chemical inventory, purchasing, and fixed assets. Assist in the implementation and ongoing support of systems to enhance purchasing activities through e-procurement and payment systems.

Purchasing and Inventory Control: Assist Stockroom Services Specialists in purchasing chemicals, equipment, supplies and services for faculty and staff consistent with the need for appropriate quality, value and timeliness to ensure the efficient operation of the Science Center. Reassign charges for purchases to appropriate departments or grants using online reallocation systems, invoices, or journal entries. Receive incoming deliveries, inspect and deliver to appropriate faculty or staff member. Resolve payments issues and work with faculty and staff to resolve quality issues. Assist CSC faculty, staff and students purchasing stock items.


Education/Experience: Associate's degree plus one to three years of relevant experience in the areas of laboratory safety/health and hazardous waste; or an equivalent combination of education in chemical/biological sciences and relevant experience. Bachelor's degree preferred

Skills: Excellent communication (written and verbal); strong interpersonal skills, including team-working; demonstrated high level of professionalism and attention to detail; proven ability to operate successfully in a highly structured, complex environment; ability to interact positively with a variety of customers, along with a strong customer-service focus; proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access (or other database program) and web applications.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift and carry 40 lbs. regularly.

Review of application will begin immediately. To be considered for this position, apply on-line at

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