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RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER

Employer
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Start date
Oct 27, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER

Posting Number: SRGV7138
Number of Vacancies: 1
Location: Edinburg, Texas
Department: Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management
FLSA: Exempt

Scope of Job:
To develop, maintain and oversee the Radiation Safety program, as well as Laser Safety and MRI Safety and ensure compliance with all federal and state rules and regulations, including inspections, training, and incident investigations. Oversee quality assurance for all radiation safety related programs (Ionizing and Non-Ionizing radiation). Responsible for all University's Radioactive Material licenses and registrations.

Description of Duties:
  • Acts as Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), Laser Safety Officer (LSO), and MRI Safety Officer (MRSO) for all UTRGV licenses and registrations.
  • Applies, obtains, and maintains all Radioactive Material Licenses and registrations, such as, Medical Use Radioactive Material License, Nuclear Medicine, Non-Medical Use Radioactive Material License, Medical X-Ray Registration, Industrial X-Ray registration and Laser Registration in Academic, Research, and Clinical environment.
  • Interprets new and existing regulations, advises leadership on technical and regulatory issues regarding the strategic direction of the radiation safety program applies strategic measures as appropriate.
  • Serves as primary contact with the Texas Department of State Health Services - Bureau of Radiation Control for any matters pertaining to all relevant UTRGV licenses and registrations.
  • Performs essential functions of a Health Physicist for all radioactive material licenses and registrations including oversight of the Radiation Safety Program.
  • Oversees the use of radioactive materials at University facilities through the management of radioactive materials licensing, radiation laboratory survey, and radioactive waste management programs. Reviews and approves requests for radiation permits.
  • Oversees quality assurance of the reviews of the research laboratory radiation safety inspections reports.
  • Evaluates and ensures compliance with established radiation safety standards, procedures, and policies.
  • Develops, implements, and documents corrective action if violations of regulations, license conditions or program weaknesses are identified.
  • Works with all radiation personnel including medical physicists, oncologists, dosimetrists, and imaging professionals to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Ensures that all required inventories, radiation surveys and leak tests are performed and documented in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.
  • Ensures individual monitoring devices are used properly by occupationally exposed personnel, records kept of all monitoring results, and timely notifications made in accordance with Texas rules and regulations.
  • Oversees and ensures the proper storing, labeling, transport, use, and disposal of sources of radiation, storage, and/or transport containers.
  • Oversees and/or performs activities centered on radiation equipment and instrumentation such as evaluation and selection of equipment and instrumentation purchases, calibration of equipment and assuring equipment is maintained and repaired as needed for its proper function.
  • Provides training on proper and safe use of equipment and instrumentation to technicians.
  • Ensures personnel are compliant with the license and registration’s conditions, for all operating, safety, and emergency procedures.
  • Assumes control and initiates, recommends, or provides corrective actions, including shutdown of operations when necessary, in emergency situations or unsafe conditions.
  • Participates in various University radiation safety committees and in professional health physics societies.
  • Plans and conducts orientation and training courses in radiation safety and/or radioisotope techniques.
  • Performs supervisory duties such as assigning reviews, instructing and training personnel and providing input for evaluating performance.
  • Provides Radiation Safety Program Oversight (Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation).
  • Coordinates with Radiation Professionals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervision Received:
General supervision from assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given:
Direct supervision of assigned staff.

Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Medical Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or other Physical Science from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Education:
Master’s degree from an accredited university.

Licenses/Certifications:
Board Certified from the American Board of Health Physics, American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Radiology or American Board of Medical Physics. Must be familiar with Health Physics related duties associated with the use of a specialized instruments, such as PETSCAN, Linear Accelerator, Medical Radiography, Brachytherapy, Irradiator equipment, Fluoroscopy.As condition of employment this position requires the applicant to be authorized to operate a University-Owned Vehicle for Official University Business. Per University of Texas System Policy 157, applicants will be subject to a motor vehicle record check for their most recent thirty-six (36) month history. Out of State Drivers are required to submit a 36-month history MVR from their prior State of residence(s).

Required Experience:
Five (5) years of professional experience in Health Physics performing related duties associated with the use of radioactive materials, radiation producing devices, and lasers in a clinical and research environment.

Preferred Experience:
N/A

Equipment:
Use of standard office equipment.

Working Conditions:
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Office Environment; some travel and weekend work is required. May need to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. UTRGV is a distributed institution, which requires presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. May be exposed to radiation.

Other:
Exceptional planning and organizational skills. Must have knowledge and experience with the use of health and medical physics related equipment such as geiger counter, liquid scintillation counter, well counter and others.

Physical Capabilities: N/A
Employment Category: Full-Time
Minimum Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date: 10/25/2023
Grant Funded Position: No
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EEO Statement:
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

Date of Birth
Gender
*Ethnicity/Race

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 665-2451 and/or careers@utrgv.edu.



Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the VP of HR & Talent Development .

To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/40657 jeid-f32f3a0b1cb01a43a7bbf83fd00e087c

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