Assistant Radiation Safety Officer - Office of Radiation Safety
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR74423
Assists the Radiation Safety Officer in the management of the Washington University (WU) Radiation Safety Program. The Radiation Safety Program oversees the licensing and use of radioactive materials in approximately 800 research laboratories at WU; four cyclotrons, commercial radiopharmacy, and irradiators at WU Medical School (WUSM); and nuclear medicine services, radiation oncology services, and irradiator services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and St. Louis Childrenâ™s Hospital (SLCH). The Radiation Safety Program also oversees the registration and use of radiation producing equipment, non-ionizing laser radiation sources, and high-field magnets at WU facilities.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Serves as an Assistant Radiation Safety Officer for the Washington University Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Type A Broad Scope Medical Use License and Cyclotron Production License.
Serves as a qualified expert (QE), for the Washington University radiation producing equipment program registration as issued by the Missouri Radiation Control Program (MRCP).
Serves as an Assistant Radiation Safety Officer for WU, WUMC, and affiliated organizations in accordance with RSO responsibilities as described by the NRC and Missouri MRCP, as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission (TJC), American College of Radiology (ACR), and other relevant regulatory or accreditation organizations.
Assists with the management of the radiation safety services contract for diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, cardiology, perioperative, and other medical services, primarily for dosimetry services and general radiation safety training.
Assists with the design and management of the radiation safety, laser safety, and magnet safety programs. Assists with establishing, maintaining and auditing policies and procedures to implement the programs.
Serves as 10 CFR 37 Reviewing Official.
Serves as an alternate member of safety oversight committees for BJH and SLCH.
Ensures radiation is used safely in accordance with approved policies and procedures and with regulatory and accreditation requirements so that the program adequately protects radiation workers, faculty, staff, students, patients, visitors and the public.
Provides training for personnel exposed to ionizing radiation in their training or work.
Conducts radiation safety evaluations, surveys and reviews.
Serves as the alternate Executive Secretary of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and as an alternate member of the institutional Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC). Assists with planning the agenda for the RSC, and providing appropriate data to facilitate the exchange of information and consensus decision making.
Contributes expertise in the planning of new or remodeled facilities to ensure adequate shielding, exhaust and radiation safety equipment.
Assists with the evaluation, development and implementation of safety programs for nonionizing laser radiation sources and high-field magnets.
Other duties as assigned.
Office located with the Radiation Safety Staff. Handles radioactive materials and radioactive waste and works around other radiation sources, may handle hazardous materials.
Work assignments are performed primarily in an office environment. Must be physically able to walk to many locations within WU and Medical Center. Will need to lift and carry packages or survey instruments. Will be required to successfully pass a criminal background evaluation, including FBI fingerprint background check, to meet 10 CFR 37 security program requirements as a Reviewing Official.
Will be required to wear radiation dosimeters, and bioassay may be required using radiation monitoring measurements and analysis of bioassay samples. May need to wear personal protective equipment such as coveralls, laboratory coat, safety glasses, gloves, booties, and a respirator, as required. Required to have a valid driverâ™s license. May be required to obtain a Class E driverâ™s license (e.g., current IL driverâ™s license or MO âœchauffeurâ™sâ license) if assignments include routine operation of University vehicles.
Employee must take part in assigned training, and demonstrate understanding and active participation in WU and Medical Center compliance programs with respect to regulatory requirements and WU policies. Work involves interaction with personnel who may be exposed to ionizing radiation and requires an individual commitment to communicating the need for program participants to maintain doses at levels that are as low as reasonably achievable.
Doctorate Degree in Health Physics, Medical Health Physics, Medical Physics, or related science, as well as American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), American Board of Radiology (DABR), or equivalent certification.
Eight years of Senior Health Physicist experience at a large medical research and joint hospital facility.
Demonstrated ability to interact with a wide variety of individuals, including senior management, medical school faculty and staff, and the members of the Radiation Safety Committee, and communicate technical information clearly and concisely verbally and in writing; and effectively direct the activities of individuals and groups involved in the radiation safety program.
Demonstrated ability to estimate labor, resources, and budget requirements for self and assigned staff for specific project tasks.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage one or more technical areas of the radiation safety program, including staff effort, budget, schedule and technical quality.
Demonstrated knowledge of regulations and regulatory compliance strategies; ability to apply these in developing and justifying institutional requirements and in implementing procedures for the radiation safety program.
Demonstrated technical knowledge and mathematical and computational ability necessary for health physics evaluations, such as radioactive decay and in-growth, neutron activation, cyclotron production, internal and external dosimetry, effluent release and dispersion, radioactivity measurements and monitoring, shielding, and the like.
Masterâ™s degree in a radiation science or engineering field with four years relevant experience, or a Bachelorâ™s degree in a radiation science or engineering field with eight years relevant experience, in increasingly responsible positions in radiation safety compliance programs.
At least two years of project or task management and two years of supervisory experience is required.
An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
Must have a thorough knowledge of NRC regulations.
$89,300.00 - $157,200.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.
Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!
We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? Weâ™ve got you covered.
WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the Universityâ™s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.
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