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Accelerator Safety Specialist

Job ID 2416 Date posted 11/19/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Accelerator Safety Specialist for the Collider-Accelerator Department will help develop and maintain engineered personnel protection programs for accelerator facility operations and research. The Accelerator Safety Specialist will report to the Environmental, Safety, Security, Health & Quality (ESSHQ) Division Head. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform calculations to determine shielding requirements in order to estimate induced radioactivity and estimation of dose to personnel and environment
  • Analyze and interpret radiation physics measurements to characterize the radiation field for personnel and equipment protection as required
  • Review accelerator designs to identify and specify shielding requirements to ensure staff is protected from stray radiation fields
  • Provide support for safe radiological operations during commissioning/operations of the accelerators by developing procedures, reports and establishing protocols in conjunction with other cognizant ESH personnel at BNL
  • Support the BNL Radiological protection program through implementation of institutional and Departmental procedures, policies and work practices developed to keep dose to staff and the public ALARA
  • Provide independent oversight of the C-AD Access Control System engineered interlock systems, e.g. review of state tables, test results and electrical schematics
  • Prepare and update safety basis documentation for new and existing accelerator facilities in the C-AD complex

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in radiation protection, electrical engineering, or physics
  • A minimum of 10 years’ full-time relevant experience, including 5 years of progressive experience in line positions of increasing responsibility
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in radiation/particle physics simulations to perform shielding, dose and activation calculations
  • Experience in a technical organization related to ionizing radiation safety and hazard analysis
  • Technically proficient in the areas of safety analysis, industrial safety, radiation safety and radiological protection, hazard identification
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively present on the results of calculations and measurements in the form of written reports and presentations
  • Ability to interact effectively with personnel and possess a high level of confidence
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office including spreadsheet development and database management

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge and experience with electrical schematics and logic diagrams
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working within the DOE complex
  • Master’s/Ph.D. in Radiation/Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Accelerator Physics or in closely related fields
  • 3 + years’ experience working in an accelerator environment including performing shielding/activation analyses and measurement of complex radiation fields
  • Peer reviewed published work in radiation physics calculations and measurements
  • Excellent skills in areas such as technical and interpersonal leadership and communication with diverse staff
  • Experience related to safety PLCs, engineered interlock systems, ladder logic, electrical schematics, and state tables in an accelerator facility or similar science and technology facility
  • Certified Health Physicist (CHP)

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to walk distances in excess of ½ mile
  • Ability to climb vertical ladders
  • Ability to be in areas of magnetic fields in excess of 5 gauss
  • Valid Drivers’ License

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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