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Radiation Safety Officer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 493002 - Environmental Hlth & Safety
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• MSU radiation worker safety training.
• Evaluation of proposed uses of radioactive materials on campus.
• Shielding calculations.
• Serve as campus liaison for radiation matters with emergency responders.
• Manage the MSU radiation counting laboratory.
• Manage the internal and external personnel monitoring programs.
• Serve as campus liaison with regulatory agencies regarding radiation issues.
• Serve as shipper for radioactive materials.
• Conduct routine monitoring of areas on campus where radioactive materials are used and/or stored.
• Monitor adherence to regulations regarding radiological safety and health on campus.
• Maintain adequate records to demonstrate compliance with all applicable regulations and MS-EBL-02.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Required Education and Experience
Minimum Focus
Education Bachelor’s Degree Related Field

Experience (yrs.) Four


Substitution allowed:
• Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Biology, Radiological or Nuclear Engineering, or Health Physics, and 4 years of experience of radiological safety in a university research/teaching environment at a professional (non-technician) level, or
• Bachelor of Science in Physics or other science based field and successful completion of
200+ hours of formal training in radiation safety and health physics, and 4 years of experience of radiological safety in a university research/teaching environment at a professional (non-technician) level.
• Certified in US Department of Transportation (US DOT) and International Air Transport
Association (lATA) for shipment of dangerous goods, including radioactive materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master of Science degree in Radiation Biology, Radiological or Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, or other science-based field such as Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics and successful completion of 200+ hours of formal training in radiation safety and health physics.
• 4 years of experience of radiological safety in a university research/teaching environment at a professional (non-technician) level.
• One or more of the following certifications is also preferred:
• Certified Health Physicist (CHP) by the American Board of Health Physics (in comprehensive practice).
• Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
• Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) by the Institute for Hazardous Materials Management.
• Certified 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) as per 29 CFR 1910.120

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state requirements for compliance in radiation safety.
• Excellent computer skills, including, but not limited to (1) Microsoft Excel®, Word® and
Powerpoint®, (2) Adobe Acrobat®, and (3) GammaVision® and ScintiVision®.
• Demonstrated knowledge of operation of gas-proportional and liquid scintillation analyzers.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of hand-held radiation detection instruments.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. This position requires employee to work with hazardous materials and be in areas where radiation producing sources, chemicals, and/or wastes are present. Employee is required to wear protective equipment. 

2. Frequent- Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; irregular hours may be required; meeting of deadlines and coordination of related activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.


3. Physical requirements include frequent sitting, talking, hearing, walking, and standing.
Occasionally requires reaching climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, handling objects with hands, and lifting objects weighing as much as 50 lbs.
4. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online and attach resume, cover letter, and list of references.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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