The position of Director of Radiation Safety/Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW) and UW Health (UWH) encompasses the comprehensive management and strategic direction of the Radiation Safety Program. This pivotal role is instrumental in ensuring the minimization of radiation exposure to personnel, adhering to the principle of keeping radiation "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA). The scope of this responsibility extends to all operations involving the use of sources or equipment that emit ionizing and non-ionizing radiation within facilities that engage with the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) for radiation protection and health physics services.
Operating under the auspices of the Radiation Safety Committees (RSC), the RSO is tasked with the crucial duty of ensuring that the Radiation Safety Program for both UW and UWH is executed in strict compliance with the institutional broad-scope license, in addition to state and federal regulations. This program is notably expansive, covering a wide array of radiation usage that includes, but is not limited to, a research reactor, particle accelerators, cyclotrons, extensive decommissioning projects, three fusion research groups, alpha emitting research, a world-renowned radiation metrology and calibration laboratory, pioneering radioactive drug research with first-in-human trials, and the forthcoming inclusion of a proton therapy center.
This role is not only significant for its contribution to the advancement of radiation safety and research but also offers an unparalleled quality of life outside of the professional setting. Located in a city renowned for its livability, the University of Wisconsin - Madison and UW Health provide exceptional benefits, making this opportunity an ideal choice for individuals who prioritize a balanced lifestyle alongside a fulfilling career in radiation safety.
Directs the development and implementation of the institutional health safety program and strategy, supervises managerial staff and communicates unit direction to senior leadership so all work, recreation, and research can be performed safely and in compliance will all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards.
20% Assists in the development of strategic safety initiatives, coordinating with other areas of specialty to ensure cross-functional alignment
20% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
20% Assists in the development of operating policies and procedures to comply with established industry regulations and unit objectives
20% Serves as the unit liaison to institutional stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit in the absence of a director
5% Lead the combined UW-Madison/UW Health radiation safety program, including setting strategic and operational goals, providing oversight and support for research laboratories and clinical service areas, including direct patient contact
5% Serves as a point of contact and liaison between UW-Madison & UW Health and state and federal government agencies regulating the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices (e.g., DHS, NRC, DOT, DNR, FBI, DOE, etc.)
5% Manage as a voting member, the Executive Radiation Safety, Human Radiation Use, Campus Radiation Safety, Reactor Safety, Radioactive Drug Research, Xray Safety, Research Laser Safety, & Medical Laser Safety Committees
5% Develop and manage the relationships, budget and resources which are critical for the successful implementation of the UW-Madison & UW Health radiation safety program
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Preferred Master's Degree Preferred focus in health physics, nuclear engineering, medical physics, environmental health, public health, or related field
Required: - Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in operational health physics. - Experience managing or directing a radiation protection program. - Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally and effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders including: researchers, staff, students, administrators, and regulators. - Expert knowledge of the concepts, fundamentals, and best practices of health physics and radiation protection as well as the risks associated with radiation exposure. - Strong working knowledge of state and federal regulations, standards, and guidance documents governing radioactive materials, radiation producing equipment, and associated hazards present in research and clinical settings. - Must meet Wisconsin DHS requirements for a Broad Scope Program Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) in both university and healthcare settings.
Preferred: - Ten (10) years or more of professional experience in operational health physics.
This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location. Occasional nights and weekends may be required.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Negotiable ANNUAL (12 months) Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf.
A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists.
Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.
We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.
How to Apply:
To begin the application process, click the "apply now" button. Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your application materials, detail your experience as it pertains to this position.
You'll be asked to provide contact information for three professional references when applying. References will not be contacted without your approval.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.