Scientific Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer

Administrative Novato, California



Reporting to the VP, Scientific Operations, the Scientific EH&S Officer is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the Institute’s environmental health and safety programs in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines.  Additionally, the EH&S Officer is responsible for Institute-wide training and preparing and implementing environmental health and safety policies and procedures. This position is on-site.


Exercising professional expertise and discretion in the interpretation and application of federal, state, local, and Institute policies, protocols, and regulations, the EH&S Officer reviews and approves complex research projects. These may involve significant hazards, and must comply with such complex regulations as NIH, CDC, and EH&S policies.  This position has authority on behalf of the IBC and requires significant coordination with IACUC, and other Institutional committees and authorities. 

Work with Institute employees to integrate safety into Institute operations and promote safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, best management practice guidance and Institute Policy.

  • Assess risk of biological agent protocols and process applications for registration with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Prepare policies and procedures for biological and chemical hazards and processes.
  • Manage laboratory inspections and compliance reviews; research animal and other facilities that use recombinant DNA technology and biological agents. Provide recommendations to Principal Investigators (PIs)/labs based on regulatory compliance and best practice guidance (including NIH Guidelines).
  • Review animal experimentation protocols. 
  • Assist labs to identify appropriate biological laboratory containment levels, and strategies for general hazard assessment and control.
  • Prepare and conduct training on biological safety, bloodborne pathogens, chemical safety, general, and physical protection in laboratories, hazardous materials shipping, and other customized topics as needed.
  • Assist in the response of laboratory-related accidents or exposures.
  • Implement multi-disciplinary EH&S programs. Develop written plans, training modules, fact sheets and other communications.
  • Collaborate with EH&S staff, PIs, and researchers while actively promoting a culture of safety.
  • Provide 24-hour emergency response for Institute biological/blood spills, chemical/oil/waste releases, personal injuries, fire, etc.
  • Contribute to the development of an inclusive working and learning environment.

Specific Roles/Committees:

  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Chair
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Member
  • Emergency Response Team (ERT) Leader
  • Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) Member
  • Biosafety Officer
  • Occupational & Laboratory Safety



  • BS in Science and MS or MPH in OEHS with 5+ years related work experience, or BS in Science with 10+ years related work experience.
  • Current knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and standards for the disposition and use of biohazardous agents and hazardous materials in biomedical laboratory and animal research facilities. 
  • Working knowledge of biomedical laboratory methods, procedures, techniques, facilities, and equipment including knowledge of recombinant DNA, microbial animal and human pathogens, and biotoxins. 
  • Works well independently and organizes and prioritizes work assignments effectively.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Skill in examining and evaluating operations and developing and/or re-engineering operating strategies, systems, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues to diverse clients.
  • Collaborative customer service attitude and skills 


  • Ideally hold certifications such as CBSP, CIH and CSP or be eligible for professional certification. 
  • Maintain medical clearance to work in biohazard high containment laboratories.
  • Working knowledge of CITI training and Cayuse platforms.


  • $110,000 - $140,000 salary range commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits package includes health insurance, paid parental leave, generous PTO and 401(k) with 5% employer match and profit sharing.


Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interested applicants should upload a resume and cover letter summarizing why you are qualified for this opportunity.