Radiation safety officer
About the position
VCU welcomes applications for the position of radiation safety officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing and implementing the radiation safety programs at VCU and VCU Health Systems. Serving as the chief radiation safety expert at the institution, the radiation safety officer will provide leadership to a team of professionals dedicated to high customer service, safety and regulatory compliance.
Reporting to the director of environmental health and safety, the radiation safety officer (RSO) will ensure and prioritize customer service, accuracy and consistency in the development and application of University and Health System policies. The RSO takes the lead to document and communicate radiation safety program performance to senior management, regulators and customers. The RSO ensures ionizing energy sources are used safety and in compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards from related bodies (i.e. Joint Commission, AALAC). The RSO ensures the institutional radiation safety committee is established and operated to review and approve the use of radioactive material and radiation producing devices.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
Jatinder Palta, PhD, chair, Division of Medical Physics Education
Doug Sweet, PhD., chair, Pharmaceutics, School Of Pharmacy/current IBC chair
Robert Meredith, MD, Nuclear Medicine
Suzanne Weaver, MS, CHEM - Safety and Quality
Sonya Echols, PhD - Clinical Radiation Safety
Michael Cimis, CIH, CHMM - SRM - EHS
Carissa Capuano, PhD - College of Humanities and Sciences, Nuclear Physics
Brian Wattenberg, PhD - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
*This search is supported by an external search firm.