Reporting to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), the Assistant Radiation & Laser Safety Officer (ARSO/LSO) is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the radiation and laser safety programs at Northwestern University. The ARSO/LSO serves as acting RSO in the absence of the standing RSO. The ARSO/LSO will interface with and direct Research Safety staff, investigators and laboratory workers in matters of radiation/laser safety and compliance. This position provides services to investigators facilitating comprehensive laser safety and radiation protection support in research, teaching and waste management to ensure conformance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as broad scope license conditions, and University policies and procedures.
Willingness and ability to work with sources of radiation. Willingness and ability to enter research laboratories and other facilities where sources of radiation are stored and or used. Willingness and ability to use hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals for the purpose of sample preparation and processing. Willingness and ability to wear a self-contained breathing unit and chemical protective clothing in potentially challenging environments in an emergency. Willingness and ability to respond to emergencies off-hours wearing a pager and mobile device while away from campus.
Develops, leads, and manages the laser safety program at Northwestern University. The Laser Safety Officer duties include classifying laser systems and performing laser safety calculations. The LSO also approves all standard operating procedures for lasers and maintains and verifies the inventory of class 3b and 4 lasers to be reported to the state of Illinois.
Develops, leads, and manages a comprehensive Radiation Protection Program (registration, audit, training, and waste elements) to address the safe and compliant use of ionizing, non-ionizing radiation at Northwestern University.
Inspects radiation and laser laboratories for safety and compliance with regulations. Development and administration of safety management system for tracking laser and radiation safety programs.
Oversees the role of contract personnel in the compliant delivery of radioactive materials, waste collection and inventory and recordkeeping in support of the HPS program.
Serves on institutional committees involved in research safety including Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), Laser Safety Committee and others, as appropriate; Helps to set the agendas, prepare submissions, set goals and objectives, report on metrics and engage in a process of continuous improvement.
Works in collaboration with the respective ORS Campus Directors helping to identify and understand the safety implications in the use of ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation and EMR; Participates in external review activities to ensure the sufficiency of controls, training and oversight in place; Identifies and oversees the safe use of ionizing radiation in all aspects of the University’s teaching and research activities under its broad scope license.
Performs other technical and administrative responsibilities as directed. Improves own professional skills through conferences, professional development, training and acquiring certifications.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics or related discipline;
Minimum of 5 years of health physics experience preferably in an Academic setting.
Eligible for unescorted access to radioactive material in quantities of concern (must be able to pass pre-employment fingerprinting and criminal background check).
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Working knowledge of ALARA principles.
Working knowledge of IEMA and NRC regulations.
Working and specific knowledge of ANSI requirements for laser safety.
Working knowledge of NCRP and ICRP recommendations.
Excellent skills in computer programs and applications.
Excellent skills in problem solving and time management.
Excellent skills in teamwork.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Outstanding ability to set priorities, to meet deadlines, and to work independently.
Outstanding ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimum supervision.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Master’s degree in a relevant scientific field.
5-7 years of health physics experience.
Advanced university degree in health physics or related discipline.
Experience in research in an academic setting.
Laser safety training and certifications.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Advanced knowledge of IEMA and NRC regulations.
Advanced knowledge of NCRP and ICRP recommendations.
Advanced knowledge of ANSI requirements for laser use.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34093
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.