Director of Global Air Quality Research

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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

The Chemical Insights Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories seeks a science driven, results oriented and highly technical and effective Director of Global Air Quality Research to lead research and operations for its developing Center for Global Air Quality.


The Director will lead development of its research agenda, implementation of research programs and field studies, and communication of research findings and their significance through publications, presentations and various organizational/educational tools. CIRI desires to grow its leadership recognition in the protection of public health through discovery research and its applications for safer and healthier environments and people.


At Underwriters Laboratories, we wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. Underwriters Laboratories stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely! 

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Develop research agenda based on emerging pollution sources and health risks, execute research, and communicate findings.
  • Build on CIRIs existing research platform based on human exposure to environmental pollutants, their sources and pathways, and evaluation of human health risks, for indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Establish partnerships with academia, government and other public health institutes to establish research agenda, conduct research and communicate for broad amplification of research findings and applications for positive human health outcomes.
  • Manage and direct ongoing daily research and growth of research and laboratory capabilities needed to support research.
  • Develop budgets as required for research initiatives, laboratory needs, and communication/education processes.
  • Identify research staff needs and recruit scientists’
  • Champion the air quality research initiatives and serve as its technical lead and expert across internal and external teams and stakeholders,
  • Promote CIRIs research and the NFP broader organization through participation on expert panels, speaking engagements, stakeholder events, and external and internal opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with CIRIs Center for Toxicological Sciences, Exposure Laboratory as well as other research and standards groups within our broader internal organization.

UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

What makes you a great fit:

Professional education and experience requirements, and preferred qualities for the role include:

  • PhD in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Health, Public Health, Chemistry, or Biomedical Sciences required plus generally 12 years of relevant work experience with proven research, publications, and grant success.
  • Experience in exposure detection, source modeling, global field studies, sensor technologies, data acquisition and predictive modeling.
  • Educational experiences through academic teaching or professional development and delivering technical presentations.
  • Publication achievement in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience in global field studies.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills required.
  • Good interpersonal and experience in stakeholder relationships.
  • Must be a self-starter and possess excellent leadership qualities.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 127 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any Underwriters Laboratories employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at Underwriters Laboratories. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at Underwriters Laboratories are eligible for bonus compensation. Underwriters Laboratories offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that Underwriters Laboratories contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.


Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.


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