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Manager/Radiation Safety Officer

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 116653
Title: Manager
Functional Title: Manager/Radiation Safety Officer
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPAF-Environmental Safety
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position reports to the Assistant Director Research Safety and is the lead technical expert responsible for managing and directing the Radiation Safety Program for the University of Maryland College Park campus and at institutions under its control.

This position serves as the institutional Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and is specifically named as the RSO with Maryland Department of the Environment and Nuclear Regulatory Commission radiological licenses and registrations.

The RSO shall represent the university during regulatory agency inspections and coordinate the university response to those agencies and others.

The RSO is responsible for establishing university-wide policies, practices and procedures related to the safe and compliant use of radiation and radioactive materials such that the program is designed to assure that exposure to radiation is maintained As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).

Specific services to be managed include tracking of authorized users, use locations, radioactive sources, radioactive waste, and equipment; monitoring exposures to the public and occupational workers; tracking and maintaining exposure to radiation and releases to the environment ALARA; providing effective training; monitoring compliance with all applicable regulations and license conditions; reviewing and commenting on proposed regulations; implementing a security program for Category 1 and Category 2 quantities of radioactive material; coordinating the activities of the Radiation Safety Committee.

With the Assistant Director Research Safety, the Manager/RSO of the Radiation Safety Program, sets priorities and activities, establishes, directs and manages Radiation Safety policies and programs within the Office of Research Safety, as well as associated staffing, budget, services, equipment and training.

The Manager/RSO collaborates with university representatives at all levels and within all departments campus-wide, to accomplish goals and objectives within the Radiation Safety Program, as well as the broader goals of the Office of Research Safety, and the Department of Environmental Safety Sustainability & Risk.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics or a related scientific discipline.

Ten (10) or more years of experience in operational health physics including at least seven (7) years of regulatory compliance experience and three (3) years of program management experience directing a professional health physics staff.

Thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, measurement techniques, exposure control methods and applicable regulations.

Must be able to effectively present information, ideas and radiation safety concepts to stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

Must have demonstrated management skills for a large, diverse radiation protection program, preferably at a university or other research setting.

Must have experience establishing broad radiation safety policies, practices and programs that comply with applicable regulations and licenses.

Must be literate in basic Microsoft Office software, possess excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, and have exceptional administrative and organizational abilities.

Must meet requirements to be a Radiation Safety Officer in the State of Maryland and be deemed “trustworthy and reliable” under NRC and State regulations.

Must have proven ability to lead, direct, engage and motivate staff.

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment physical as a requirement to wear a respirator and participate in incident response.


A Master’s or other advanced degree in Health Physics or a related scientific discipline.

American Board of Health Physics certification.

Fifteen (15) or more years of experience in operational health physics including at least ten years of regulatory compliance experience and five years of program management experience directing a professional health physics staff.

Senior management experience directing a large radiation safety program at a University or other large research facility.

Experience in building direct working relationships with external regulators.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 12/21/2016
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date
Physical Demands

Must be able to successfully pass an NRC Trustworthy & Reliable Assessment for being a Reviewing Official and for unescorted access to Category 1 and Category 2 quantities of radioactive material.

Must be capable of working in temperature extremes and environments that are uncomfortable and that present potential health risks if appropriate protections are not utilized.

Must pass an annual physical examination to utilize protective equipment, including respiratory protection.

Must be capable of lifting equipment and materials up to twenty pounds.

Will be required to occasionally work off-hours and be subject to on-call capacity to respond to and investigate incidents occurring at the University of effective University personnel.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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