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Governance, Risk & Compliance

four basic components: strategy, processes, technology and people

Ideas for experiential opportunities

  • get certification in biosafety, quality assurance, good lab practices, good clinical practices, lean 6 Sigma, greenbelt etc.
  • work with your department safety rep to bridge with environmental health and safety on lab and research compliance issues
  • be mentored by a grant and contracts officer about the compliance and policy issues related to this field (IACUC, COI, MTAs, and more)
  • visit a biocontainment facility and learn how it is run
  • write an industry compatible standard operating procedure (SOP) for your lab
  • externship with the FDA or the CDC over spring break
  • shadow a mentor to learn about due diligence in intellectual property landscapes
  • attend Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management with SCRiM
  • be a part of the ORISE research participation program to prepare for a career in regulatory science
  • learn how to assess bio- or agro-terrorism risk through a BESTernship
  • run a program to achieve objectives to: ethically correct behavior, improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • invite speakers to discuss their careers in governance, risk and compliance
  • serve as a facilitator to discuss responsible conduct of research across campus

Career possibilities

There are many federal and NY State government agencies, offices and services in the area of governance, risk and compliance that employ individuals with PhDs in STEM fields. The below lists just a few. Campuses across the world seek chemical hygiene officers and biosafety experts. There are many more positions requiring this expertise as part of another job function, such as risk analysis of new technology development for entrepreneurial companies.

In addition, governance can include running programs within academic environments (e.g. in core facility management, as center directors or program managers).

Federal NY State

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

National Institutes of Standards and Technologies (NIST)

Department of Agriculture and Markets

Department of Energy (DoE)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Department of Homeland Security Research

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NYS Department of Health

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

NYS Office of Mental Health

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Defense Technical Information Center

NYS Empire State Development (ESD)

National Agricultural Library

National Library of Medicine

Environmental Health & Safety Association of NY (SHESHA)

National Technical Information Service

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (DOE)


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


See additional National Labs in a list here.