Senior Radiation Safety Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Stony Brook University

Senior Radiation Safety Specialist

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Bachelors of Science degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in Physical Science, Radiological Science, Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety. Five (5) years’ experience with radioactive materials use and implementing radiation safety programs. Three (3) years' experience with radioactive materials use for lab, human or animal research. Two (2) years of experience with disposal and storage of LLRW and mixed radioactive waste. Supervisor experience including leading teams and managing programs.

Candidate must also meet the following requirements:
Must submit to fingerprinting and background check, and be deemed trustworthy and reliable by the institutions Reviewing Official, in accordance with NRC regulations 10 CFR Part 37, for unescorted access to CAT 1 & 2 materials. Must have, keep and maintain the appropriate valid NYS Driver’s License; have a motor vehicle record which is free from major violations or a pattern of repeat violations. (***Out-of-State Applicants, see "Special Notes”).
Preferred Qualifications:
Masters of Science degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in Physical Science, Radiological Science, Engineering or Environmental Health and Safety. An additional five (5) years' experience with radioactive materials use and implementing radiation safety programs. Two (2) years of experience at an educational institution that held a broad scope or military equivalent license engaging in research with radioactive materials. Two (2) years of experience issuing internal permits for radioactive materials. Meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 10 CFR 35.50 requirements to be potentially named as an Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. Participation in an IRB and or RDRC. Two (2) years’ experience calibrating radiation detection equipment, GM Meters and ion chambers. Board Certification NRRPT, Health Physics, Medical Physics or 200 documented hours of classroom and laboratory training in radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation instrumentation. LIA Laser Safety Officer Certification (not medical). One (1) year experience at an educational institution or commercial cyclotron facility.


Brief Description of Duties:
The incumbent will develop and implement the Radiation Safety Program at Stony Brook University to ensure safety and compliance in accordance with NYS 10 NYCRR 16, NRC 10 CFR 35, NRC 10 CFR 37 and the University’s Type A academic and medical Radiological License and its License Conditions. The position is responsible for the safe use, inventory and storage of radioactive material, radiation producing equipment and lasers at Stony Brook University Research Facilities. The University Sr. Radiation Safety Specialist reports to the Radiation Safety Officer and supervises staff and activities that support research programs.  The position ensures that all program elements are maintained, including but not limited to inventory or radioactive materials, equipment calibrations, leaks test, surveys, decommissioning labs, NRC Part 37, quarterly audits and the ALARA program.

Permit writing, maintenance, development and ongoing oversight of use under the permit:
Process, clarify and issue internal radioactive permits for laboratory use of radioactive materials. Maintain records, research credentials and other lab information. Revaluate laboratories and issue renewal of internal permits. Removal of materials from inactive labs.  Coordinate transfer of materials between lab permits. Ensure permit information is current and reflects the research and staff in the laboratory. Incorporate Laser and X-ray into Radiation Safety’s internal permit process. Presenting new applications and amendments to the University Radiation Protection Committee for approval. Assessment of quarterly audits, findings and approval of corrective action plans. Adjustment of quarterly audit form based on type of use and the lab. Maintain, create and implement policy and procedures.
Procurement approval of Radioactivity, Laser and X-ray equipment coming onto campus and coordinating delivery:
Supervise the approval of all orders for research radioactive materials based on internal permit possession quantities.  Coordinate transportation from SBU receiving to the PIs laboratory.  Monitor package survey and wipe results. Maintain records for NYS DOH and or DOT inspection. Lab assessment of use and assurance of appropriate shielding before delivery.
Supervision of EH&S University staff:
Supervise Radiation Safety staff that assist in the implementation of all radiation safety programs to ensure that regulatory requirements and program goals are met. Assign staff to complete required inspections and audits of all internal radiation permit areas and review reports for accuracy, necessary components, corrective actions, follow up and timeliness. Participate in random quarterly audits to mentor staff and meet PIs.  Provide mentorship and refresher training in addition to new topics training to University staff. Manage time reports, annual evaluations, performance plans, vacation requests, and other HR/LR actions related to University staff.
Decommissioning lab space:
Preparation of decommissioning documentation to submit to the Radiation Safety Committee or the New York State DOH as necessary. Removal of Radioactive Waste both sealed and unsealed.  Removal and proper disposal of equipment containing radioactive sources.  Recycling of lead where possible.
Laser Safety, ALARA, Radiation Safety and Incoming and ongoing training:
Design and implement a research laser safety program and training.  Provide exposure type-based radiation safety training modules for University research staff and students. Job specific ancillary staff training for staff who may be assigned to a department that uses ionizing radiation.  Initiate and follow up as required for ALARA investigations. Oversee the distribution of the dosimeter. Monitor dosimeter use and assess the correct wear frequency and dosimeter type.
LLRW and mixed waste pickup coordination and proper disposal. Disposal and shipping of Radioactive Materials for final disposition:
Manage and maintain Stony Brook University’s Hazardous Waste Management Facility radioactive waste area.  Coordinate and obtain financial approval for was pickups. Document and maintain waste disposal records. Educating staff and maintaining records of required DOT training. Prompt response to all State and Federal requests and annual reports regarding waste.  Coordinate and supervise the removal of waste done by contractors.
Radiation Safety aspects of research involving use of radioactive materials:
Provide insight, regulatory requirements and recommendations related to use of radioactive materials in research settings. Oversight of radioactive materials use in both labs based and human use research.  Participation in committees related to research.  Supervision of cyclotron safety officer and participation in cyclotron ventures planning.  Research applications of radiopharmaceutical production for on- and off-site use.  Involvement in planning and third-party coordination of off-site use.
Emergency Response/Investigation:
Emergency Response/Investigation: Respond to radiation emergencies, assess impacts on health and safety, coordinate response and monitor remedial actions, provide necessary notifications to University officials and regulatory agencies, as required.  Performs and/or reviews investigations of overexposures, accidents, spills, losses, thefts, unauthorized receipts, misuses, transfers, disposals, and other deviations from approved radiation safety practice and implements corrective actions when necessary.
Calibration of equipment:
Manage and oversee the University’s equipment calibration facility. Determination of end of life for detection equipment. Identification of equipment needing calibration, coordinate calibration and return of the equipment. Maintain frequently worn out parts inventory.  Consult on new purchases.
Support EH&S departmental activities to promote a strong safety culture throughout the University, and perform duties or projects as assigned appropriate to rank and departmental mission.
Special Notes:
This is a full-time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Essential Position: This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such may be required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are canceled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

Evening and weekend work will be required at times.

***Out-of-State Applicants: Please note as a condition of employment and in order for this position to be tendered, the successful incumbent will be required to provide evidence of a valid license and driving abstract from the state issuing the license within five business days of a conditional offer and must obtain a NYS driver's license within 30 days of acceptance of offer.

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulation that all hospitals and nursing homes “continuously require all personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” Candidates who are not already vaccinated must obtain the first dose of the vaccine within three (3) calendar days of acceptance of conditional job offer and must obtain any subsequent doses in accordance with the vaccine protocol. Candidates who are partially vaccinated, but not yet fully vaccinated, must complete their vaccination series within three (3) calendar days of job offer or in accordance with vaccine manufacture protocol, whichever comes later.

The regulation also includes those who may be affiliated with or interact with employees of a hospital or nursing home. The regulation allows for limited exemptions with reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable law.

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

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Job Number:
Official Job Title: Environmental Health And Safety Officer
Job Field
: Enviornmental Health and Safety
Primary Location
: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Environmental Health and Safety
: Full-time Shift
:Day Shift Shift Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Posting Start Date
: Mar 28, 2022
Posting End Date
: Apr 27, 2022, 11:59:00 PM
Salary:Commensurate with experience within the range of $100,000 - $120,000 plus $3,026 location pay.
Appointment Type: Term
Salary Grade:SL5

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