Radiation Safety Officer- Research Safety/Affairs

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Memphis, TN

ID: 7088792
Posted: November 10, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: This position will direct and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive radiation safety program at UT Health Science Center. The program exists to ensure the safety of all UT employees and students as well as the public from sources of radiation (including lasers) used at the Health Science Center. The Radiation Safety Officer ensures compliance with State and Federal regulations governing the possession, use, registration, licensing and disposal of radioactive materials and other sources of radiation. The Radiation Safety Officer also acts a representative of the broader Research Safety Affairs department participating in emergency response actions, spill cleanup, and must be familiar with other Research Safety policies and procedures not directly related to radiation safety.


Develop, maintain and administer a comprehensive Radiation Safety Program in accordance with the requirements of the Universities Broad Scope License.
Develop and oversee compliance with radioactive effluent limits and exposures to the public.
Maintain the radioactive materials licenses and registrations.
Attend training classes as necessary to stay abreast of recent developments.
Determine and monitor radiation exposures to staff, students and the public.
Identify and correct non-routine radiation safety issues.
Work with Radiation Safety Committee to ensure that applications for Authorized User status are reviewed and approved.
Develop and maintain an ANSI compliant laser safety program.
Ensure laser use areas adequately account for beam and non-beam hazards.
Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in Physical or Biological Science, Chemistry, Engineering or related field of study; five (5) years of applied health physics/radiation safety issues similar to those encountered in any university medical school, research laboratories or health care facility OR Master’s Degree three (3) years of applied health physics/radiation safety issues similar to those encountered in any university medical school, research laboratories or health care facility. Eligibility to be accepted as a Radiation Safety Officer on a broad scope license in the state of Tennessee. Eligibility to be certified as a staff inspector for x-ray equipment inspections by the state of Tennessee.


People skills, teaching skills, written and verbal communication skills, computer

Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Technical expertise in the field of radiological physics, including dosimetry calculations, the design of radiation shielding, the calibration and maintenance of radiation detection instrumentation, inspection and quality assurance procedures for x-ray machines and similar skills. Working knowledge of the regulations pertaining to radioactive materials, lasers and x-ray machines is also required. Ability to write clear technical reports and guidance documents. Ability to interact and communicate effectively across a wide range of disciplines and employee types. Certification to ship radioactive dangerous goods in compliance with DOT and IATA regulations. ABHP Certification preferred. PROOF OF DEGREE REQUIRED.