Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Works under general oversight on assignments for Washington University and Washington University Medical Center WU & WUMC) Radiation Safety Program. Work involves radioactive materials, radiation sources, radiation generating devices, radioactive and hazardous wastes, high-field magnets, lasers, etc. This position requires an understanding of the principles and goals of radiation protection and techniques employed to comply with applicable requirements, the ability to evaluate information, identify needs and communicate with users to obtain additional information. Assignments may focus in one or more particular technical areas but expected to develop a broad base of technical knowledge over time. This position may be assigned technical area management or supervisory responsibilities, the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of individuals and to communiate technical information clearly and concisely. This position promotes the use of radioactivity as part of a safe work environment, is involved in the management of the radiation safety program and helps maintain the school's compliance with Federal, State and local regulations.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assignments will be related to technical areas of the radiation safety program including user authorizations, human use (clinical & reserch, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology), inspections, research use (animal, in-vitro, biological, chemical, physical, engineering), surveys, cyclotron produced materials (production, distribution, use), imaging, x-ray & fluoroscopy, radiation producing equipment safety, non-ionizing radiation safety, sealed sources & irradiators, instrument calibration, radioactive materials accountability & transportation (ordering, receipt & distribution), user & staff training, radioactive waste management & shipping (collection, processing, disposal), dosimetry & bioassay, ALARA program, decommissioning, release surveys & closeouts and emergency response.
Technical assignments will include lab and facility inspections, technical assessments, surveys, monitoring, measurements, sampling, data evaluation and QA, records review & maintenance, procedures development & maintenance, investigations, documentation and report preparation.
Response to radiation incidents & emergencies-carry emergency cell phone, initial rersponse to RAM incident or emergency, decontamination & survey support; coordination with Lab Contact, Authorized User, lab staff and prepare incident report.
Prepare new course materials, update existing courses, conduct training sessions, proctor Radiation Safety Exams; prepare waste manifest for offsite disposal, evaluate alternative disposal options, ensure regulatory compliance by brokers and waste processing facilities, maintain complete records to show compliance, create reports documenting compliance with airborne & sanitary sewer releases; provide expertise for the safe use of lasers including working knowledge of ANSI Z136 applicable standards, perform laser hazard analyses, provide support & management of the WU & WUMC laser safety program and be able to carry out duties & responsibilities of Radiation Safety Specialists.
The hiring range for this position is $71,323 to $71,501 annually.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Radiation Safety Office. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Bachelor's Degree in a Radiation Science or Engineering field with 5 years relevant experience in increasingly responsible positions in Radiation Safety compliance programs.
Master's Degree in a Radiation Science or Engineering field with specific class work & training in radiation safety may be substituted.
An equivalent combination of education & experience will be considered.
Competence with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access), email, voice messaging, database applications, HTML/web applications and typical office technology is expected.
Experience under an NRC or Agreement State broad-scope medical-use license.
Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of indiciduals and communicate technical information clearly & concisely, both verbally and in writing.
Knowledge of applicable regulations, radiation safety concepts, procedures, methods and program goals.
Ability to read, understand and assist in interpreting regulatory language.
Must demonstrate technical knowledge and mathematical and computational ability necessary for health physics evaluations, such as radioactive decay & in-growth, neutron activation, cyclotron production, internal & external dosimetry, effluent release & dispersion, radioactivity measurements & monitoring, shielding and the like.
Must have at least a Class E driver's license (e.g. current IL driver's license or MO Chauffeur's license).
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, 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.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Work assignments occur in lab and health care environments and waste management facilities where infectious, hazardous and radioactive materials are used, stored and/or disposed.
Must be physically able to walk to many locations each day and have the dexterity to survey fairly inaccessible locations.
Will need to be able to lift and move 20 pound containers and carry packages or survey instruments.
Wil be required to wear radiation dosimeters.
Bioassay may be required using radiation monitoring measurements and analysis of bioassay samples.
Will need to wear personal protective equipment such as coveralls, lab coat, safety glasses, gloves, booties and a respirator as required.
Will be required to successfully pass a criminal background evaluation, including FBI fingerprint background check, to meet radioactive material security program requirements.
Employee must take part in assigned training and demonstrate understanding and active participation in WU & WUMC compliance programs with respect to regulatory requirements and Washington University policies.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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