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MD Anderson Cancer Center Principal Safety Specialist - Radiation Safety in Houston, Texas

MD Anderson is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a Principal Safety Specialist position in Radiation Safety. Applicants must have a graduate degree in applied or basic Science, or an engineering field. Applicants must also have a minimum of ten years of experience in radiation safety that is applicable to medical and academic settings and be a Certified Health Physicist (CHP) by the American Board of Health Physicists (ABHP). Will also consider certification as a licensed medical physicist.

The primary purpose of the Safety Specialist position is to provide technical expertise to resolve safety issues involving personnel, visitors, patients and other institutional staff and contractors. Performs and completes special projects as assigned or as needed to address institutional safety issues. Maintains awareness as assigned or as needed to address institutional safety issues. Maintains awareness with applicable laws, regulations and national guidelines relevant to section functions and responsibilities. Completes environmental and safety policy review and development risk assessment, incident investigations, report writing and presentations to management in order to communicate risk and solutions. Assists in drafting comments on proposed state and federal regulations as needed. Duties may include functions in any or all of the following areas: Fire and Life Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Radiation Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Joint Commission, Environmental Protection, Construction Safety and Biological, Chemical and Laboratory Safety.

Program Leadership

Acts in the place of the RSO as necessary to include supervising technical staff, attending meetings, making regulatory decisions, and having general oversight of the program. Acts in the place of the LSO as necessary to maintain and oversee the laser safety program. Contributes to scientific discussions at department, institution, state and national levels representing Facility's position on radiation safety issues. Supervises duties of a technician and student externs.


Assist in maintaining compliance with all local, state and federal compliance guidelines and regulations. Provides regulatory interpretations, technical assistance. Consults and assists applicable departments in developing, implementing and revising written laser safety procedures for use of laser producing machines.

Program Support

Consults and assists applicable departments in developing, implementing, and revising written radiation safety procedures for using radioactive material (RAM), radiation-producing machines, laser producing machines. May assist engineers and scientists in design and/or evaluation of shielding for new therapy facilities. If a CHP, may conduct shielding evaluations of diagnostic areas. Oversees the authorized user program. This includes ensuring AU's have proper credentials and training, proper lab space and equipment, and provides a risk assessment of associated hazards. Coordinates and maintains the Radiation Laboratory Inspection program and conducts audits of clinical areas to ensure compliance. Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding the potential hazards of ionizing and nonionizing radiation.

Other duties as assigned.

The employee may be expected to be part of an on-call group and when assigned this responsibility will be compensated for that time. When on-call, the employee must be available and be able to respond in accordance to policy. Periods of alert when Emergency Conditions may be expected are not considered on-call.

Master's degree in Applied or Basic Science, Engineering field. Ten years of environmental health and safety experience. Certified in one or more of the following: *Certified Health Physicist (CHP) by the American Board of Health Physicists (ABHP). *Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). *Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). *Associate Safety Professional (ASP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). *Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Please Note: You may be required to transport Covid-19 suspected and/or positive patients. You will be provided with appropriate Protective Equipment (PPE). The required PPE will involve a Fit Test. Proper fitting may necessitate trimming or shaving facial hair because beard growth or facial hair prevents the necessary seal between the respirator and the face.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 136637

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 94,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 118,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 142,200

  • Science Jobs: No