Radiation Safety Officer

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About Helion

We are a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to build the world's first fusion power plant, enabling a future with unlimited clean electricity. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable energy for everyone.

Since Helion's founding in 2013, we have raised over $600 million from investors such as Sam Altman, Mithril, and Capricorn Investment Group to propel us forward. Our last prototype, Trenta, completed 10,000 high-power pulses and reached plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius (9 keV).

Now we are working toward Polaris, which will be the first machine to demonstrate electricity from fusion, making this a great time to join Helion! Bring your skills, experiences, and determination to make a difference in the world. Together, we can make a future with unlimited clean electricity from fusion a reality.

What You Will Be Doing:

As Radiation Safety Officer at Helion, you will be responsible for the Radiation Safety Program (RaSP) as an individual contributor and be responsible for maintaining exposures to ionizing radiation as low as reasonably achievable. You will coordinate and work with a team of health physicists to carry out all necessary radiation safety measures, to include working with regulatory bodies to apply for and maintain radiological licenses. You will serve on the Radiation Safety Committee that oversees radiation safety work and report to the Director of Radiation Safety and Nuclear Science. This is an onsite role located at our Everett, WA office. You will work with a variety of radioactive materials and radiation generating devices to include:

  • Hydrogen-3 (tritium) in vacuum and pressure systems, gloveboxes, and process skids.
  • Sealed sources of isotopes like Cs-137, Co-60, and Cf-252.
  • Fusion generators generating 2.45 MeV and 14.1 MeV neutrons and associated radiation.
  • Activated material (elements 3-83, inclusive) from the operation of fusion generators or externally irradiated and returned test samples

Minimum Required Skills:

  • Eight years handling greater-than-exempt quantities of radioactive material
  • Four years serving as a Radiation Safety Officer or eight years serving as Chair of a Radiation Safety Committee overseeing work performed under a Broad Scope license
  • Four years working with neutron sources or neutron generators
  • Four years working with (or overseeing the use of) over 100 Ci of H-3 or elements 3-83 in the form of activated byproduct material resulting in contact doses exceeding 100 mrem/hr
  • Four years working with an x-ray machine, accelerator, or similar apparatus requiring registration and shielding
  • Experience submitting radiological license applications and/or amendments
  • General awareness of radiological regulations in 10 CFR 20 and 10 CFR 30, which may be via equivalent state regulations

The pay range for this position is $135,000-$170,000. This pay range may be inclusive of several career levels and will be narrowed based on several factors, including the candidate's experience and qualifications.

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Benefits and Compensation

Our total compensation package includes generous equity and benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for employees and their families
  • 31 Days of PTO (21 vacation days and 10 sick days)
  • 13 Paid holidays, plus company-wide winter break
  • Up to 5% employer 401(k) match
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance
  • Paid parental leave and support (up to 16 weeks)
  • Annual wellness stipend

NOTE: Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of the job's requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes. If this job isn't the one, we have many other openings that may be a fit.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. If we reach out to you to begin an interview process, we will also ask if you require any reasonable accommodation at that time.