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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Assistant Radiation Safety Officer in Seattle, Washington

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.

In coordination with the overall efforts of the Environmental Health & Safety Department, the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer performs duties specific to the Radiation Safety Program in providing ionizing radiation safety services to researchers using radioactive materials and radiation producing machines.

Assist the Radiation Safety Officer in the implementation of of the radiation safety program:

  • Maintains Center-wide radioactive materials inventory control program, ensuring laboratories do not exceed their assigned possession limits

  • Performs monthly contamination surveys and quarterly sealed source leak testing in laboratories utilizing radioactive materials. Reports contamination survey and leak test results to researchers and Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).

  • Responsible for maintaining the Center shared use hot lab for Center researchers

  • Consults with Center employees in a positive and pro-active manner regarding recognized and potential radiation exposure hazards

  • Calibrates portable survey instruments used in monitoring laboratories for radioactive contamination

  • Performs linearity tests, accuracy and geometry checks on the dose calibrator

  • Manages the daily and routine operations of the Radiation Safety Program, including scheduling of surveys and audits, leak tests, calibrations, air emissions reports

  • Provides training for radioactive materials users, irradiator uses, hot lab and hot suite users and one-on-one training as needed for lab workers

  • Coordinates emergency response with RSO

  • Part of the Center’s emergency response team

  • Provides shipping expertise for radioactive materials shipments for Fred Hutch and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

  • Acts as RSO in the RSO’s absence

  • Coordinates training for technicians

  • Provides initial review for all Radioactive Materials Use Authorization (RMUA) submitted.

  • Maintains documentation as required by radiation safety program

  • Work with State of Washington Department of Health during inspections

  • Provides review and comments on regulatory documents and proposed regulations

  • Maintains Radioactive Materials Database

  • Bachelor's degree in health physics, or closely related scientific field

  • Two or more years of professional experience in the practice of health physics; or equivalent combination of education and experience essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

In addition to job duties at Fred Hutch, this position also requires access to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which requires COVID-19 vaccination without exceptions.

Accordingly, as a condition of employment for this Fred Hutch position, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.

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