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Senior Radiation Safety Specialist

Company: Stony Brook University
Location: Stony Brook
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher). Five (5) years of experience in the health physics field, including two (2) years of radiation safety experience at a medical institution under the supervision of an RSO. Must submit to fingerprinting and background check, and be deemed Trustworthy and Reliable by the institutions Reviewing Official, in accordance with the NRC regulations for 10 CFR 37. 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:

Bachelor's Degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in a Physical Science or a related field. Qualify as an Associate Radiation Safety Officer (ARSO) under 10 CFR 35.50 for all uses. Health physics knowledge in nuclear medicine, radiology, radiation oncology and general research lab applications. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Blackboard.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Senior Radiation Safety Specialist will develop and implement the radiation safety programs for the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment at Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) to ensure safety and compliance with NYS Regulation (10 NYCRR Part 16) and the University's Type-A Broad-Scope Academic and Medical Radiological License conditions. This position ensures that all program elements are maintained and that radiation users maintain compliance and operate within the confines of their EH&S issued permit, including but not limited to inventory of materials and equipment, inspections, surveys, quantities of concern security of sources and ensuring exposures remain as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). The Sr. Radiation Safety Specialist reports to the University RSO and supervises staff and activities that support clinical and medical research programs at SBUH. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Radiation Safety Program: Develop and implement the SBUH radiation safety programmatic elements, including policies and procedures, SOP's, and training, to ensure the safe and effective practices and uses of radioactive materials, radiation generating equipment and supervision of laser safety programs.

  • Supervision and Leadership: Supervise the radiation safety staff and oversee the implementation of all radiation safety programs at SBUH to ensure that all regulatory requirements, license conditions and program goals are being met. Provide leadership and direction for implementation of program requirements within other SBUH organizational units.

  • Radiation Safety Education and Training: Develop and provide radiation safety education for patients and family members. The Senior Radiation Safety Specialist is also required to develop, schedule and conduct radiation safety training for staff where needed that fit the audience and the applications, as there is a significant training component associated with the requirement to work with radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment. Provide detailed consultative service to attending physicians who handle and/or prescribe radioactive materials or use x-ray equipment.

  • Hospital Clinical Support: Develop and implement measures to support clinical procedures involving the administration of radioactive isotopes to patients. This includes but is not limited to reviewing protocols, preparing patient rooms, providing training to staff, patients and visitors, conducting radiological surveys, responding to and cleaning up spills, decontaminating rooms and waste management.

  • Surveys and Inspections: Conduct and oversee radiological surveys, hazard assessments and inspections. Ensure that findings are appropriately documented. Track findings to ensure appropriate follow-up on corrective actions and recommendations. Prepare and submit relevant reports to the RSO and UHRSC as required.

  • Radiation Safety Committee: Serve on the University Hospital Radiation Safety Committee (UHRSC) and report on all aspects of the SBUH radiation safety program, including compliance with license conditions, license amendments, incidents, accidents and exposure investigations.

  • Incident Response: Respond to spills, releases and other emergencies involving radioactive materials, including those involving patients who arrive at the SBUH Emergency Department. Conduct and lead the investigation for exposure incidents, including mis-administrations. Provide direction for the ALARA program and oversee ALARA investigations when exposure values are exceeded. Ensure that there is follow-up on corrective actions and findings are appropriately documented.

  • RAM Waste and Security: Develop and implement requirements for the security of radiological materials in accordance with 10 CFR part 37 and license conditions. Oversee the management of Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) and Decay in Storage (DIS) waste. Coordinate the proper disposal and processing of all LLRW and DIS produced in the SBUH.

  • Other duties or projects as assigned as 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.

  • 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.

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 are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

Evening and weekend work may be required at times.

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

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call the university Office of Equity and Access (OEA) at (631) 632-6280 or visit OEA.

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Keywords: Stony Brook University, New Haven , Senior Radiation Safety Specialist, Other , Stony Brook, Connecticut

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