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Job Summary

The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) is the Director of the Radiation Safety Service (RSS) and responsible for overseeing all aspects of the University of Michigan (U-M) radiation safety program, including management of day-to-day operations and compliance with regulatory and license requirements. With limited oversight by the U-M Radiation Policy Committee (RPC), the Director/RSO plans, develops, implements, and manages of the U-M radiation safety program, to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, students, visitors, and patients. The Director/RSO ensures that activities conducted under all three NRC licenses (Broad Scope, Cyclotron, and Special Nuclear Materials) and State radiation-producing machine registrations comply with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations, as well as U-M policies. The Director/RSO has the delegated authority to serve as the primary U-M contact for interactions involving the regulation of radiation, radioactive materials, and radiation-producing machines.


The Director/RSO is located within Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) / Radiation Safety Service and reports to the Executive Director, EHS. The position is primarily responsible for the development, management, and implementation of the radiation safety program at U-M, which includes a large 1,000-bed (and growing) academic medical center, and several offsite health centers and ambulatory care clinics in Southeastern Michigan. The radiation safety program oversees three campuses, ~160 authorized users, ~700 radioactive material research laboratories, diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine (4 clinics), radiation oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, ~470 radiation-producing machines, ~4,270 monitored radiation workers (not including unmonitored researchers), and ~2,900 radioactive material packages received annually. The Director/RSO has the authority to approve new users and uses of radioactive material on behalf of the RPC, and the authority to immediately terminate unsafe practices and work activities. The position is considered essential.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

The Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) department promotes health, safety and environmental compliance within the U-M campus community.  At the U-M, protection of the environment and safety on the job is everyone’s responsibility.  EHS provides leadership at all levels of the university to maintain a healthy workplace and to protect the environment.

The mission of EHS is to support the U-M Mission through partnership, guidance, and education in order to promote health, safety, protection of the environment, and regulatory compliance.

Our vision identifies how we intend to meet that mission.

  • EHS provides services that promote health, safety, and environmental responsibility through partnerships, guidance and other activities to support academic, economic and regulatory needs of the U-M.
  • EHS leads the U-M in developing, disseminating and applying health, safety and environmental programs using state-of-the-art technologies and innovative ideas.
  • EHS promotes a culture of environmental compliance and safety that will be integrated throughout U-M activities, while maintaining efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
  • EHS retains and attracts high quality staff through professional development and an environment where individuals can contribute to their highest potential, through recognition and empowerment.

EHS programs will incorporate the values of quality, responsibility, accountability, trust, clear communication, diversity, flexibility, and respect in all of our actions.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


  • Oversee all aspects of development, implementation, and maintenance of the U-M radiation safety program, to meet University needs, ensure the safe use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines, and maintain compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and U-M policies.
  • Maintain, implement, and ensure compliance for three Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licenses: medical & research broad scope, PET radiochemistry/cyclotron facility, and special nuclear material. Prepare and submit NRC license amendments and renewals, as necessary.
  • Maintain registrations and ensure regulatory compliance for all State-licensed radiation-producing machines.
  • Maintain, implement, and promote ALARA through the application of sound radiation protection principles, policies and procedures, best practices, relevant controls, risk assessment, incident prevention, and identification of substandard/improper safety practices.
  • Establish, implement, and manage a comprehensive radiation safety program, including consultations, surveys, inspections/audits, contamination control, inventory management, source security, leak tests, instrument calibration, shielding evaluation, incident waste and effluent management ,and investigation of incidents and deviations.
  • Oversee the ordering, receipt, delivery, usage, and disposal of all radioactive materials, both sealed and unsealed. Maintain all policies and required records.
  • Review and grant interim approval of requests for radionuclide authorizations. Coordinate and conduct human, animal, and other research protocol reviews that involve the use of radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing machines.
  • Ensure the security of radioactive materials according to federal and state regulations, including those subject to increased controls.
  • Oversee safety programs for non-ionizing radiation sources (laser safety and radiofrequency safety).
  • Administer the radiation safety training program, to ensure that all individuals working with radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing machines are adequately and effectively instructed in their safe use and the associated health risks, in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • Oversee management of the personnel monitoring program, including external, internal, and fetal dosimetry, to ensure radiation exposures are properly monitored and occupational exposures are within all regulatory limits and ALARA. Perform bioassays and internal radiation dose assessments, as necessary.
  • Oversee radon monitoring activities in U-M facilities and provide recommendations, as needed.
  • Work with and support EHS/Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for radioactive and mixed waste disposal.
  • Immediately suspend or terminate (with or without prior coordination with the RPC or senior management) any actions or practices involving radioactive material or radiation-producing machines that: (1) are deemed unsafe and pose a threat to personnel, the environment, or facility safety or (2) constitute a violation of regulations or the conditions of U-M licenses or registrations.
  • Identify radiation safety issues, recommend and initiate corrective actions, and verify implementation of corrective actions.
  • Prepare for and supervise response to radiation safety incidents and emergencies (including security incidents), and preparation of required reports. If necessary, notify pertinent regulatory authorities of incidents involving radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing machines.
  • Manage regulatory reporting and serve as the primary liaison for regulatory agencies (including NRC and MIOSHA), for activities including licensing, reporting, inspections, and other communications.
  • Serve as ex officio member of, coordinate/organize, and facilitate effective meetings of the Radiation Policy Committee (RPC), advising on the design and management of the radiation safety program (including establishing, maintaining, and auditing policies and procedures) and technical, regulatory, and compliance issues.
  • Serve as ex officio member of and advise the Radioactive Drug Research Committee/ Subcommittee of the Human Use of Radioisotopes (RDRC/SHUR) on the radiation safety aspects of human research involving radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing machines.
  • Serve as a member of and advise the Michigan Medicine Clinical Radiation Safety Committee on the radiation safety aspects of clinical use of radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing machines. This membership may be delegated.
  • Plan and help guide committee-meeting agendas, provide appropriate data to facilitate the exchange of information and consensus decision making, and draft meeting minutes.
  • Facilitate effective and collaborative partnerships with Michigan Medicine, the University research community, and    safety committees (including the Institutional Review Board and Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine) to provide technical assistance and guidance, as well as EHS staff, students, the public, and regulatory agencies.
  • Manage and participate in independent program development and directing activities within established objectives of the radiation safety program.
  • Manage/supervise RSS personnel (~10), including assigning work, training, mentoring, professional development, promotion, motivation, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, problem resolution, discipline, and recruitment/hiring; evaluate performance and make recommendations for personnel actions.
  • Conduct administrative duties, including financial/budget, resource allocation, and strategic planning recommendations.
  • Conduct and document annual reviews of the radiation safety program, quarterly reviews of occupational radiation exposures, and quarterly reviews of radiological incidents, and communicate radiation safety program performance to the RPC and/or senior management.
  • Maintain documentation of the radiation safety program and licensed activities, as required by applicable regulations.
  • Maintain high level of technical expertise and knowledge in the field of radiological protection, especially as applied in a research and medical environment.
  • Interpret new and existing regulations, and advise senior leadership on technical and regulatory issues regarding the strategic direction of the radiation safety program.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Health Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or related field.
  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics (CHP) or American Board of Medical Physics (CMHP).
  • Training as required by NRC under 10 CFR 35.50 / 35.57 and 10 CFR 33 for Type A Broad Scope license. Experience to oversee activities under 10 CFR 35.100, 200, 300, 400, 600, and 1000, and activities under the Michigan Ionizing Radiation Rules.
  • Ten years of progressive experience in applied radiation safety, preferably as a Radiation Safety Officer or Senior Health Physicist, at a large academic medical center and research facility. Experience should include design of independent projects, data analysis, and interpretation. Prior supervisory experience preferred.
  • Current or previous approval by NRC as RSO for broad scope, cyclotron, and special nuclear materials licenses.
  • Current or previous approval as “Trustworthy and Reliable” (T&R) in support of the 10 CFR 37 Increased Controls Program.
  • Significant technical knowledge of radiation, radioactive materials, radiation-producing machines, radiation protection principles (including dosimetry, risk assessment, shielding, and instrumentation), and medical health physics, and knowledge and understanding of radiation safety regulations, guidelines/standards, and principles.
  • Knowledge of occupational and public health risks of radiation exposure, and the ability to understand and interpret dosimetry information.
  • Demonstrated competence in verbal and written communication, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively/as a team.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing   work environment that requires upgrading of skills on a regular basis is required.
  • Working knowledge of PC and ability to use routine computer software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, and databases).
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a cooperative work environment and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks.
  • Valid and unrestricted U.S. driver’s license.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students? richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.