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Company: UT Dallas
Location: Richardson, TX
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


The Senior Safety Specialist Radiation/Laser Safety Officer (RSO/LSO) is responsible for administering the radiation and laser safety programs at University of Texas at Dallas. The Senior Safety Specialist RSO/LSO will interface with and direct Research Safety staff, investigators, and laboratory workers in matters of radiation/laser safety and compliance. This position provides safety evaluation and hazard assessment services, and facilitates comprehensive laser safety and radiation protection support in research, teaching and waste management to ensure conformance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as broad scope license conditions, and University policies and procedures. The Senior Safety Specialist RSO/LSO prepares and provides timely safety evaluation reports and assists in and monitors corrective actions, as necessary. Responsibilities include advising Principal Investigators and laboratory personnel on safety review findings, and providing appropriate recommendations based on regulatory compliance and best practices. The Senior Safety Specialist RSO/LSO must be able to develop and maintain strong collaborative and professional relationships with researchers and other University support personnel while actively promoting a culture of safety.

Minimum Education and Experience

- MS in STEM Field
- Five or more years of academic research support or research safety experience or a combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

• Master's degree in a relevant scientific field.
• 5-7 years of health physics experience.
• Advanced university degree in health physics or related discipline.
• Experience in research in an academic setting.
• Radiation and Laser safety training and certifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Develops, leads, and manages a comprehensive Radiation Protection Program (registration, audit, training, and waste elements) to address the safe and compliant use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation at UT Dallas. Maintains and utilizes radiation screening and monitoring equipment to measure exposure potential.
• Develops, leads, and manages the laser safety program at UT Dallas. The Laser
Safety Officer duties include classifying laser systems and performing laser safety
calculations. The LSO also approves all standard operating procedures for lasers and
maintains and verifies the inventory of class 3b and 4 lasers to be reported in
accordance with Texas statutes.
• Inspects research and academic areas, including radiation and laser laboratories, for
safety and compliance with regulations. Participates as part of the Safety team to
conduct risk assessments and actively provide expertise in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards.
• Develops and administers safety management systems for tracking laser and radiation safety programs. Assists researchers in preparing and updating standard operating procedures and policies, to integrate safety into laboratory operations.
• Oversees the role of contract personnel in the compliant delivery of radioactive
materials, waste collection and inventory and record keeping in support of UT Dallas
• Serves on institutional committees involved in research safety including Radiation
Safety Committee (RSC), Laser Safety Committee and others, as appropriate; Helps to set the agendas, prepare submissions, set goals and objectives, report on metrics and
engage in a process of continuous improvement.
• Works in collaboration with UT System and the UT Dallas Research and Academic
leadership in helping to identify and understand the safety implications in the use of ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation and EMR; participates in external review
activities to ensure the sufficiency of controls, training and oversight in place; identifies and oversees the safe use of ionizing radiation in all aspects of the University's teaching and research activities under its broad scope license.
• Prepares reports and other documentation as required to support University safety
• Responds to emergencies when warranted, and completes or assists in incident
• Performs other technical and administrative responsibilities as directed. Improves own
professional skills through conferences, professional development, training and
acquiring certifications.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will possess the following minimum competencies:
• Working knowledge of ALARA principles.
• Working knowledge of Texas DSHS Radiation Control regulations, TDEM programs, and NRC regulations.
• Working and specific knowledge of ANSI requirements for laser safety.
• Working knowledge of NCRP and ICRP recommendations.
• Working knowledge of OSHA regulations.
• Excellent skills in computer programs and applications.
• Excellent skills in problem solving and time management.
• Excellent skills in teamwork.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
• Outstanding ability to set priorities, to meet deadlines, and to work independently.
• Outstanding ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimum supervision
Preferred Competencies:
• Advanced knowledge of Texas Radiation regulations and programs, and NRC
• Advanced knowledge of NCRP and ICRP recommendations.
• Advanced knowledge of ANSI requirements for laser use.
• Advanced knowledge of OSHA regulations.

Important Message

1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.

2) UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its programs and activities, including in admission and enrollment. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Director of Institutional Equity at InstitutionalEquity@utdallas.edu or the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@utdallas.edu, or call 972-883-5331.

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