Chemist - Labs

Posting Number 2022-9423
Posted Date 1 week ago(1/12/2022 11:14 AM)
NYU Abu Dhabi (AD00001)
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Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Specialist, Chemical Store reporting to the Senior Director, Laboratories.


The Specialist, Chemical Store is responsible for developing and assisting in managing the chemical storage management program for NYUAD’s research and teaching laboratories including Science, Engineering, Core Technology Platforms, Performing Arts and the Research Institute.


The Specialist, Chemical Store will manage and be responsible for the chemical store and for identifying chemicals and flammables used in research and teaching laboratories that must be maintained in stock in the chemical store inventory to ensure that work is not interrupted by the lack of required materials.


Responsible for ordering and stocking all chemicals, flammables of all classes, gases, liquefied gases, cryogenic liquids and gases used in research and teaching that are maintained as chemical store inventory.


Will serve as the NYUAD Chemist.


Responsible for the operation and management of the chemical storage and the chemical waste collection. Will work with faculty and researchers to ensure that on-site stock levels of flammables and other controlled / dangerous / hazardous materials are within legal limits.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Assistant Director of Materials Management to develop budget requirements to support the chemical storage and chemical store inventory requirements, assists with oversight and approval of expenditures and reviews of expenditures related to the chemical storage and waste handling programs
  • Works with EH&S to ensure that chemical handling safety procedures and SOPs comply with NYUAD policies and procedures
  • Keeps and maintains records of chemical inventories in off-site storage and monitors chemical inventories in on-site storge including storage cabinets assigned to research groups
  • Works with research groups to ensure that recorded on-site inventory levels in the research labs are correct and up to date
  • Works with research groups to ensure that on-site inventory levels of class-1 flammables does not exceed the legal limits as determined by lab type classifications in combination with local fire codes
  • Works with research groups to shift inventory between on-site storage and off-site storage to ensure compliance with local regulations and fire codes and to provide adequate on-site inventory to ensure work is not interrupted due to supply problems
  • Works with the research groups to acquire the required chemicals used in research efforts
  • Works with research groups to determine the types of chemicals kept in the chemical store inventory, the container sizes, the minimum stock levels, and will place orders as needed to maintain the required stock levels
  • Will work with researchers on a project-by-project basis to order chemicals required for a project that exceeds normal usage and/or stock levels or that are chemicals that are not normally kept in stock but require long lead times or special permitting
  • Reviews chemical orders placed through the chemical store and/or through the procurement department and fills the orders either from warehouse stocks or places orders with vendors for non-stock items. When orders are placed for non-stocked items, will follow-up with the procurement team to ensure the POs are generated in a timely manner and that orders are placed with the vendor in a timely manner
  • Will notify research logistics/logistics when an order has been placed, will work with research logistics/legal to obtain any required import and/or use permits, and will follow-up with procurement, the vendor, and logistics to ensure delivery in a timely manner
  • Will be responsible for identifying and resolving any snags that develop during the ordering and delivery process. Will keep the researchers informed of the status of their order
  • Works with Research logistics/logistics/legal to file for, obtain and maintain permits including usage permits and import/export permits
  • Responsible for safe delivery of chemicals to research group labs and when required, placement of chemicals in researchers’ cabinets
  • Will perform other duties as assigned by the LabOps management


Required Education:

  • B.S. Chemistry with a working background with Hazardous Materials

Preferred Education:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry with three or more years of professional or academic experience.
  • Experience as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and an active CHMM certification a plus

Required Experience:

  • Experience with basic office software such as email, word, and excel
  • 5 years of experience as Chemist preferably in a university environment that supports cutting edge research in science and engineering

Preferred Experience:  

  • Understands and has experience with NFPA safety codes particularly in the applications of laboratories for both research and teaching
  • Experience and understanding of international fire protection safety codes and their applications to research and teaching laboratories
  • Understands and has dealt with chemical hazards, chemical waste, storage of chemicals, handling and storage of flammables of all classifications, understanding of the proper storage of chemicals in cabinets and an understanding of the collection, handling and storage of chemical wastes
  • Has worked as or experience as a chemical safety compliance expert that manages the flow and storage of chemicals, flagging high risk orders, managing MAQs, and working with PIs on chemical safety assessments with experience as a CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager)
  • Should have an active CHMM certification or be able to obtain CHMM certification within one year of employment
  • Experience living and working in the Middle East


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