The Associate Health Physicist will provide support to the University of Chicagoâ™s Radiation Safety Program and Laser Safety Program. The primary functions and duties will be in the following areas: radioactive waste management, radiation monitoring program, laboratory surveys, package receipt surveys, radioactive material accountability, emergency response, escort users to secure locations according to internal procedures, coverage for medical procedures involving therapeutic use of radionuclides, laser safety, database entry, ALARA program, radiation safety training, and instrument quality control. Work is supervised and assigned at the task level
Assist in the planning, scheduling, and conducting of radiation and contamination surveys in the research/medical center laboratories, package receipt surveys and other areas where radioactive material is used or stored.
Assist with patient therapy procedures providing radiation safety precautions to therapy patients and their family for inpatient or outpatient procedures.
Assist with implementation of the laser safety program to include classifying laser systems, review of standard operating procedures and conducting laser lab audits.
Be part of the emergency response team and carry the on-call pager as part of the response team.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director, Radiation Safety Officer, Assistant Radiation Safety Officer, Laser Safety Officer and Senior Health Physicist including but not limited to; conducting leak testing and inventory of radioactive sealed sources, instrument calibration and quality control checks; providing radiation safety training and assisting with daily waste management program.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Associate's degree in Health Physics with 4 years' experience in Radiation Protection or Bachelor's Degree in a related science field, preferred with 2 years' experience in Radiation Protection.
Experience in laser safety program desired.
Eligible to obtain certification for unescorted access to radioactive materials in quantities of concern (This includes an employment background check, and a fingerprinting and criminal history check.).
Technical, Knowledge or Skills:
Understanding the functions of a general database for data entry and generating reports.
Knowledge of radiological instruments.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Requires the ability to walk/travel (approximately 2 to 3 miles daily) and also requires 20% sitting and 80% standing and walking/traveling.
Requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 lbs.
Must possess dexterity to maneuver 55 and/or 30 gallon drums with moving equipment (drum dolly, pallet jack, etc.).
Occasionally pushing, pulling objects weighing 100 lbs. or less.
Exposure to hazardous conditions within regulatory limits, such as exposure to radiation and radiation producing equipment, chemicals, biological agents, laser, and radioactive waste (mixed waste, low-level radioactive laboratory waste, and biohazardous waste).
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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