Research Safety Manager | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Research Safety Manager - For Qatari only

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is an emerging research university that acts as a catalyst for positive change in Qatar and the region while having a global impact.

Job Purpose

To lead the overall safety program at HBKU Research facilities and satellite labs. 

Key Result Areas

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive safety program at the research complex and satellite labs.
  • Lead and supervise the safety personnel comprising of experts in technical safety, health safety, environmental safety, chemicals safety and safety training.
  • Oversee the development of a laboratory safety manual for each laboratory completing commissioning and beginning operation.
  • Initiate action if a lab does not meet all the safety requirements and if necessary, approves shut down of the lab until it meets safety requirements.
  • Develop & Lead safety inspections/audit programs and plans to ensure safety measures are in place and to investigate and provide recommendations and lessons learnt from each safety incident and near miss incident in the Research facilities and affiliated labs.
  • Deliver presentations during executive meetings to highlight the safety program, point out any deficiencies and shortcomings, address safety incidents and near misses and highlight any safety concerns.
  • Oversee the safety training program being administered by the safety team and ensure the quality and effectiveness of the training.
  • Participate, review & advise on lab designs and lab modifications from a safety point of view to ensure safety is built into the design, building safety systems, codes and standards are met, fire safety codes are met and chemicals, gases & toxic materials’ safety is incorporated in the design.
  • Ensure that lab designs meet safety and building codes and practices, and that required hazard reviews are conducted.
  • Participate in technical meetings, commissioning meetings and activities, leading to lab commissioning.
  • Award labs that have been commissioned and have met the safety requirements permit to start research operations.
  • Coordinate environmental safety at the facility overall and also specific to each laboratory including hazardous materials handling and disposal, waste disposal, exhaust systems, disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Other reasonable tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Operating Environment, Framework & Boundaries

The work will be at the research facility and satellite labs. Position will be on call at all times. Occasional work outside of normal working hours. Compliance with all relevant HBKU & HSSE policies & procedures, regulatory/best practice protocols as well as National and governmental research compliance protocols & procedures.

Communications and Working Relationships

  • Supervisor - frequent contact to provide progress reports and to collaborate on planning.
  • Contractors & service providers - oversees and coordinates the work at the research facilities.
  • Researchers - works closely to ensure safe practices are implemented, safety manuals are available, safety focal point is assigned, and required safety trainings are completed.
  • HBKU Management - works to keep them up to speed on safety programs, highlights incidents and lessons learnt, presents regular safety presentations during executive meetings.
  • Design and construction contractors – works closely to capture safety requirements for new labs and facilities, safety design review of labs being remodeled to ensure design compliance to safety standards and GMP/GLP regulations.

Problem Solving and Complexity

  • Evaluates, compares and relates information from across the business.
  • Identifies broader implications of proposed solutions across the organization.
  • Uses own experience and evidence from theory, other industries and technologies to identify problems and understand situations.
  • Reviews existing policy to enable effective problem solving and judgment by the team.

Decision-making Authority and Responsibility

  • Exhibits sound judgment to anticipate potential implications of all decisions; balances benefits and risks, and identifies areas of uncertainty.
  • Evaluates information by penetrating questions, thus ensuring complete information is available to make an informed decision.
  • Arrives at well-researched decisions that balance quality service and cost.
  • Encourages and supports appropriate risk taking by subordinates when making decisions.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related discipline, Master's degree preferred.
  • 8-10 years of relevant full-time work experience and safety management in R&D laboratories.
  • Outstanding knowledge of safety management & requirements in research and lab facilities.
  • Familiar with laboratory management system software.
  • Experience with managing a safety group specializing in various lab safety functions.
  • Considerable knowledge of risk management practices and of R&D practices.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to draft and edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas clearly and concisely; Arabic proficiency is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.

How to Apply

Please submit your completed application (CV, cover letter and the names of three references with their full contact information) via the following link: Click here to apply


Review of applications is expected to begin soon and will continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews.


HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as an education allowance, annual paid leave, air tickets and medical insurance.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University, as an equal opportunity educator and employer, is committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.