Radiation Safety Officer

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Connecticut, United States
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
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Sunday, 28 February 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), the Radiation Safety Officer has broad responsibilities for Yale’s safety and compliance programs for radiation and lasers. This position directly supervises three employees of the Yale EHS Radiation Safety Section, plus twenty other EHS indirect and dual reports who perform inspections, deliver radioactive shipments, and manage radioactive waste. The radiation safety program oversees core radiation safety, x-ray safety and laser safety programs, three Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licenses, four State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) registrations, and other compliance programs. This work involves evaluation, surveys, dosimetry, training, observing workplace practices, and recordkeeping. The program directly supports the Yale University Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center, which operates a radioisotope production cyclotron and radiochemistry facility, and conducts human and animal subject research imaging. The RSO is Yale’s representative for regulatory licensing, reporting, and inspections. This person serves as an ex officio member of the Radiation Safety Committee, the Radioactive Drug Research Committees, and the Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) RSC. To support Yale’s research and teaching missions, the RSO needs to closely communicate with faculty to understand their concerns, serve their needs, and cooperatively resolve issues. As a member of EHS’ leadership team, this position will promote collaboration with the campus community and further our proactive relationships with students, faculty, and staff. EHS managers are expected to create a supportive, productive, multi-disciplinary, team-oriented work environment that provides excellent customer service.

The successful candidate will be proficient in risk assessment as well as the use of information technologies and radiation safety equipment. A thorough understanding of radioactive waste management, air emissions, and other environmental impacts is important.

Yale’s RSO is expected to possess outstanding strategic and management skills, and will be adept in leading, mentoring and motivating EHS staff.

Excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary, including the ability to write and speak clearly on complex topics, prepare thoroughly documented technical/legal reports, effectively present complex issues before small and large groups, and negotiate compliance issues with regulatory authorities.

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Essential Duties

  1. Serve as RSO on all University NRC radiation licenses and DEEP registrations for radioactive materials and x-ray producing equipment on all Yale campuses. Represent the University in all radiation safety regulatory matters, including licensing, reporting, inspections and other communications.
  2. Administer Yale’s radioactive material, X-ray and laser safety programs to facilitate safe research, promote understanding of radiation, engender confidence in safe practices, reduce exposures, maintain compliance, manage, reduce and prevent incidents, and improve safety culture. Prevention activities include communication, training and improvements to procedures and the physical environment.
  3. Facilitate effective partnerships with the leaders/managers/directors and staff of other Yale departments including the Yale PET Center, Yale Health, Facilities, Irradiator manager, Provost’s Office, HRPP, OGC, Yale Auditing, Yale Investments, YARC, etc.
  4. Lead a comprehensive radiation safety program through planning and supervision of radiological surveys, leak testing of sealed sources, surveys of x-ray machines and other radiation producing devices, consultation with authorized users and pregnant workers, training, meter calibration, facility security and the implementation of security procedures.
  5. Regularly audit the radiation safety program and prepare the Radiation Safety Program annual report.
  6. Schedule, plan, organize and facilitate effective meetings of the University Radiation Safety Committee (RSC). Work through the RSC to identify risks, resolve compliance problems, improve and upgrade programs and take corrective actions. Advise on membership and facilitate the effective use of subcommittees for special issues.
  7. Plan, organize and direct a comprehensive radiation safety program to meet University needs to support its research and teaching. Assess radiation safety risks that pertain to radioactive material and radiation-producing devices. Set Section priorities and goals. Make strategic plans to meet Section and EHS goals.
  8. Support, advise and work collaboratively with the Environmental Affairs Section to manage all University radioactive waste. Establish waste management procedures and conduct periodic audits to ensure compliance and safety.
  9. Plan, prepare for, and prevent emergencies involving radiation and radioactive material, including security incidents. Collaborate in all-hazard campus emergency planning and serve on EHS ER Team. Review procedures and evaluate responses. Facilitate radiation training and exercises for EHS emergency responders.
  10. Manage the Radiation Safety Section staff through effective recruitment, hiring, training, work planning, motivation, making assignments, delegation, coaching, supervision, performance review, retention and, as necessary, discipline. Promote staff continuing education and development. Encourage and support professional and personal development of staff by the annual drafting of a personal development plan with each employee. Identify and provide opportunities for professional enrichment and advancement of staff.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in health physics, radiological health or other functionally-relevant field. Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree in health physics, radiological health or other functionally-relevant field and comprehensive certification by the American Board of Health Physics. Eight years or more of progressively responsible health physics experience in a radiation safety program at a research university, government research facility, medical research center or a similar research/higher education work environment.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Advanced knowledge of radiation, radioactive materials and radiation-producing devices, including irradiators, cyclotrons and other accelerators.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Advanced knowledge of occupational and public health risks of radiation, including principles of health physics, standards and variables of exposure. Ability to understand, interpret and convey exposure, measurement and dosimetry information.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Advanced knowledge of the practice of radiological hygiene, including workplace monitoring, analysis, sampling, shielding, and the selection and use of personal protective equipment and administrative, engineering and work practice controls, as well as identification of improper safety practices. Ability to obtain HAZWOPER certification.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Knowledge of medical health physics human use of radioactive material, internal dosimetry and applicable NRC and FDA regulations for protecting research subjects.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Broad knowledge of local, state and federal radiation safety laws, interpretations and advisory guidelines, and university license conditions pertaining to radiation safety.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Doctorate degree in addition to a Masters degree in health physics, radiological health or other functionally-relevant field preferred. Comprehensive certification by the American Board of Health Physics is strongly preferred. At least four years of significant supervisory and managerial experience strongly preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications

Meet NRC eligibility requirements to serve on various NRC license types, including medical use, as a Radiation Safety Officer.

Physical Requirements

Pass required physical exam. Stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel. Work in a variety of physical environments, including weather/temperature extremes, potential confined spaces, elevated locations, etc. Periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing/pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations survey, decommissioning activities or emergency response.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Certification as a Laser Safety Officer preferred.

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Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.


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