Senior Director of Health Physics and Safety

Hiring Department

Research Reactor

Job Description

The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) is seeking a Health Physics and Safety leader with experience ensuring safe and compliant work activities in nuclear environment. This individual will direct all aspects of MURR Health Physics and Safety, establish and execute a vision of Health Physics and Safety excellence and maintain a strong operational focus. This is a position that prioritizes nuclear safety, engages and develops the workforce, creates an environment of teamwork, trust and cooperation, drives for sustainable results and builds technical and leadership capability throughout the Health Physics and Safety division. This position will also ensure operational alignment with peer divisions within the organization in support of research, and product/services goals. The Senior Director of Health Physics and Safety position will report directly to the Executive Director of MURR and MU campus administration. Candidates must be committed to excellence and embrace the university’s mission of being a world-class research institution.

Key Duties Performed by This Position Will Include
  • Serve as a primary facilitator of a healthy nuclear safety culture and safety conscious work environment.
  • Consistently improve health and safety performance within the organization.
  • Build buy-in for health, safety, and environmental initiatives and create strategies for integrating safety principles into the culture of the organization.
  • Establish, monitor, and continuously improve facility safety policies.
  • Ensure facility safety policies and procedures are consistent with overarching university guidelines.
  • Establish strategic goals for the Health Physics and Safety division. Monitor progress through establishing and monitoring meaningful performance metrics.
  • Plan and direct Health Physics and Safety in a manner that supports organizational mission and priorities.
  • Monitor Health Physics and Safety training systems, operational impact and effectiveness.
  • Ensure the latest and best practices
  • Serve as member of senior leadership team, providing input to operational and strategic activities in support of the MURR mission.
  • Develop workforce and staffing initiatives for the Health Physics and Safety to ensure timely and professional execution of division goals.
  • Embrace, demonstrate and lead for organizational culture goals, including regulatory goals such as a Safety Conscious Work Environment. Set expectations for civil, professional behavior in the division.
  • Actively pursue interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation within MURR.
  • Develop and monitor annual divisional expense/revenue budgets.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance as applicable to Health Physics and Safety.
  • Maintain expert-level and current professional/industry knowledge in nuclear and industrial safety.
  • Effectively represent the organization in internal and external interactions and communications.
  • Develop and maintain a broad understanding of the organization and its divisions and mechanics.
  • Mentor and develop staff for succession and depth.
  • Commit to ongoing continuous improvement activities focused on efficiency and effectiveness of Health Physics and Safety.
  • Participate and represent MURR in industry organizations.
Successful candidates will be persuasive communicators with exceptional organizational and time management skills. They must demonstrate the following durable skills: leadership, character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, growth mindset, public speaking and presentation, and energy. Additionally, customer service, confidentiality, integrity, and a commitment the university’s values.

Must be available for reliable and consistent onsite work.


$103,000 - $222,818/year

Grade: 15

University Title: SR DIRECTOR

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., evenings and weekends as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree in a relevant area and 8 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired OR a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area and 10 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • BS in Nuclear Engineering or Health Physics
  • Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
  • Strong nuclear sector leadership experience
  • Nuclear regulatory training and/or experience
  • Radiological leadership training and/or experience
  • Strong ability to manage projects and teams
Application Materials

Cover letter, CV/Resume

Columbia Missouri Information

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Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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