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BRANCH CHIEF, DUST, VENTILATION, AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES  

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) is seeking an individual for a full-time position as the Branch Chief of Dust, Ventilation, and Toxic Substances in the Division of Mining Research Operations.  NIOSH’s OMSHR provides national and international leadership in the prevention of work-related illness, injury, and fatalities of mine workers through research and prevention activities.  Some of the world’s most respected experts are employed at OMSHR’s world class facilities located in Pittsburgh, PA, and Spokane, WA.  OMSHR is one of the most technologically advanced mining health and safety research laboratories in the world.  

The Branch Chief serves as a member of the leadership team.  The mission of the Branch is to (1) Develop, plan, and implement a program of research to develop or improve personal and area direct reading instruments for measuring mining contaminants including, but not limited to, respirable dust, silica, diesel particulates and exhaust and a variety of toxic and other potentially harmful exposures; (2) conduct field tests, experiments, and demonstrations of new technology for monitoring and assessing mine air quality; (3) design, plan, and implement laboratory and field research to develop airborne hazard reduction control technologies; (4) carry out field surveys in mines to identify work organization strategies that could result in reduced dust exposures, diesel particulate exposures, toxic substance exposures and exposures to other potentially harmful exposures; (5) evaluate the performance, economics, and technical feasibility of engineering control strategies, novel approaches, and the application of new or emerging technologies for underground and surface mine dust and respiratory hazard control systems; (6) develop and evaluate implementation strategies for using newly developed monitors and control technology for exposure reduction or prevention; and (7) conduct field and laboratory experiments on mine ventilation systems to develop improved technologies and strategies for applications to dust control, gas control, and diesel exhaust control to ensure safe and healthy conditions for underground miners. Total Branch staff ranges from 45-50 employees. Total OMSHR staff ranges from 220-250.

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate or Masters Degree in any field of engineering or science utilized in the mining program.
  • Highly interactive interpersonal skills for team work and effective communication.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including a track record of publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work equally well independently and as part of a larger team.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or have ability to obtain a Green Card.

  The OMSHR is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, and has research facilities in both Pittsburgh and Spokane, WA. The 180-acre Pittsburgh campus includes a cafeteria, credit union, day care center, fitness facility, and free parking all located on site. Pittsburgh is a modern metropolis which is rich in culture, history, sports, and is noted for an affordable, low cost-of- living and award-winning schools.  The Region provides a wonderful mix of resources to meet your needs. There are many wonderful parks to breathe in the fresh summer air, boating, biking, and skiing at nearby mountain resorts. Local neighborhoods reflect Pittsburgh's history and diversity. Pittsburgh offers the quality of life of the big American metro areas without overwhelming you with the size and complexity of a big city.  

The Spokane facility is a modern research laboratory which is located in the center of the business, transportation, medical, industrial and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest. Spokane’s four season climate and varied topography creates a recreational paradise with accessible bike trails and hiking paths, great golf courses, challenging ski slopes, and nearby rivers and lakes.  

We welcome you to join our dynamic innovative research team!  

If you would like to send a Letter of Interest, obtain more information about this position and other opportunities, please contact:  OMSHRRecruitment@cdc.govor visit:  www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining to learn more about our research programs.

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