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Safety & Compliance Officer

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) is seeking outstanding applicants for a Safety and Compliance Officer to oversee all compliance-related requirements in the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences with regards to (a) radiation safety, (b) biosafety and biocontainment, (c) animal ethics and care, and (d) general safety of staff, visiting researchers, public and the environment.

The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences is owned by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and operated by the Fedoruk Centre. The new $25 million facility features a high-current ACSI TR24 cyclotron; a cGMP radiopharmaceutical laboratory including hot cells, auto-synthesis units and a quality control system (HPLC, GC, TLC); and a suite of offices, all located in 1400 square meters of newly renovated space co-located with 600 square meters of additional space to be developed in support of related research activities. It is licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a Class II Nuclear Facility. This key infrastructure resource will be the centre of collaborations and partnerships among the province’s two universities, the provincial health regions and industry. 

As a subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan, the Fedoruk Centre operates independently under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The Fedoruk Centre and the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences are located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The salary range is $60,000 to $95,000 per annum. Placement within the range is dependent upon education and experience. This is a full-time permanent position. The compensation package includes a comprehensive benefits package including pension plan, life insurance, short and long term disability, sick leave, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, travel insurance, and employee assistance program; and relocation assistance.  This position is not within any collective bargaining unit.

How to apply

See the attached Job Profile for detailed qualifications and job description. Your application should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae which clearly outline your qualifications for this position.  Submit your application in PDF format by email to ghilt.boudreault@fedorukcentre.caSubject Line:  Safety and Compliance Officer; [your name].

Screening of applications is expected to begin by December 12th, 2016, with the start date to be mutually agreed upon. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. While the Fedoruk Centre thanks all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:

Ghislain Boudreault, Facility Manager
Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences
Phone:  306-966-3386; Email:  ghilt.boudreault@fedorukcentre.ca
Website:  www.fedorukcentre.ca  

Title: Safety & Compliance Officer

Department: Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences

Primary Purpose:  The Safety and Compliance Officer is responsible for overseeing all regulatory compliance requirements with regard to a) radiation safety (Class II nuclear facility); b) biocontainment (Biosafety Level 2); c) animal ethics and care (including but not limited to CCAC Guidelines and UACC Policy); and d) general safety of personnel, the public and the environment.

Nature of Work:  The Safety and Compliance Officer reports primarily to the Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre on all issues of regulatory compliance and reports to the cyclotron Facility Manager on a day-to-day basis regarding the implementation and maintenance of the facility’s safety program. The position works in the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences with eight other members as well as a varying number of facility users (between 5 – 20 researchers). The Safety and Compliance Officer is a facilitator who will regularly liaise with University of Saskatchewan safety personnel, Facilities Management Division, Protective Services, Animal Care Veterinarians and Animal Care Staff. The Safety and Compliance Officer is the point of contact with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission with regards to the facility’s operating license. The Safety and Compliance Officer arranges meetings and engages in discussion with these stakeholders as needed to address any issue related to safety and compliance.

The primary work environment is a provincial multi-user radioisotope and radiopharmaceutical facility located on the University of Saskatchewan campus and operated by the Fedoruk Centre for research and commercial activity. The facility operates in compliance with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulations for a class II nuclear facility, Health Canada cGMP, Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines, and all provincial, federal and internal quality, safety and regulatory requirements.  All technical personnel are trained as Nuclear Energy Workers (NEW). While there is exposure to ionizing radiation and potential exposure to radioactive materials in parts of the facility, the radiation exposure per individual personnel is monitored and controlled in compliance with regulatory guidelines.

Health Requirements:  Any offer of employment will be conditional on the results of a medical assessment and/or vision examination to the extent permissible under employment law (The Saskatchewan Employment Act, S‐15.1, 2013, as amended).

Accountabilities:

  • Ensures safety of employees, clients, stakeholders, the general public, and the environment.
  • Assists with the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Research Wing policies and protocols, the use of common equipment, safety protocols, specific procedures, etc., that adhere to national and university standards. 
  • Monitors activities within the facility to ensure all research personnel are following established SOPs and study protocols; notifies appropriate personnel if deviations from SOPs/study protocols are observed; facilitates and ensures the implementation of corrective measures.
  • Orientates and trains new and existing personnel on research wing policies and procedures; continually monitors and documents that all personnel working in the research wing have appropriate training for procedures and equipment; and places individuals in contact with additional expertise and training resources when needed.
  • Ensures all facility modifications, installation of new equipment, renovations to existing space, calibration and certification of equipment are conducted according to regulatory standards; consults appropriate expertise as necessary.
  • Holds the authority to stop any activity that might result in a regulatory non-compliance.
  • Reviews and submits research permit applications to CNSC.
  • Participates in job-related training and continuing education.
  • Radiation Protection:
    • Manages the daily aspects of the facility’s Radiation Protection Program.
    • Acts as the primary contact with the CNSC for licensing and compliance matters.
    • Identifies radiation safety problems and implements corrective actions.
    • Develops policies and procedures related to radiation safety and training.
    • Acts as the signing authority for CNSC licenses.
    • Orders safety supplies, products, and equipment.
    • Conducts and coordinates on-site checks to audit conditions and program sustainability
  • Biosafety:
    • Develops policies and procedures related to biosafety and containment.
    • Supports the Quality Assurance organization and maintains cGMP compliance and standards.
    • Identifies biosafety problems and implements corrective actions.
  • Animal Care:
    • Oversees maintenance of any areas where live or dead animals are used (animal holding areas, laboratory preparation areas, microPET/CT areas), ensuring  housekeeping and sanitation practices are consistent with the principles of the University Animal Care Committee and CCAC.
    • Works in liaison with research groups using the research wing and the appropriate personnel within the animal care and use program, biosafety program, and radiation safety program to ensure that live animal imaging projects are conducted efficiently and in compliance with all regulatory requirements.
    • Consults with the University Veterinarian, Animal Research Ethics Office, and/or Animal Facility Manager for interpretation of regulatory standards and for guidance with respect to vivarium and Animal Use Protocol concerns.
    • Sits as a non-voting member on the UACC.
    • Other related duties that support the core activities and mission of the Fedoruk Centre.
Qualifications
Education: A bachelor degree followed by a Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (life sciences, engineering or natural sciences), with projects related to radiation protection/safety or radiation detection. Registration with (or eligibility to register with) the Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA). Additional training or degree on biosafety and/or animal care/ethics would be considered an asset.

Experience:  Minimum three years of experience as radiation safety officer or related duties. Experience with dealing directly with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Experience with research environment involving animal care and handling would be considered an asset.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Extensive knowledge of national and provincial regulations, acts and laws, including CNSC regulations, regarding nuclear facilities and radiation safety.
  • Strong knowledge of and demonstrated ability to use radiation detection equipment.
  • Knowledge of CCAC regulations would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective time management and strong planning, organizational and follow up skills.
  • Attention to detail and program/policy development.
  • Computer literacy and strong ability to write reports and procedures, and keep track of all documents and files.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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