Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has an opening for a Health Physics Technician to join the Radiation Protection Group in the Environment, Health & Safety Division. The Health Physics Technician position is primarily responsible for processing of portable health physics instrument calibration and repair, fixed radiation detection instrument/equipment installation calibration and maintenance. Additionally, the Health Physics Technician will support activities within the broader radiation protection; sample analysis and counting, Dosimetry operations, with a minor role supporting Laser Safety, and/or non-ionizing radiation programs. This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced Environmental Waste and Radiation Protection team to support science and operations at Berkeley Lab, while building a rewarding career with a highly regarded research institution!
What You Will Do:
Health Physics Instrumentation -Perform work activities required to implement Berkeley Lab's Radiation Instrumentation Program to assure safe and compliant calibration and maintenance, in accordance with policies and procedures. Calibrate all portable and fixed radiation measurement instruments (e.g., Ludlum hand-held instruments, Liquid Scintillation Counters, testing equipment), as well as MTE, scales, balances, sampling equipment, and measurement devices.
Analytical Laboratory -Perform counting/measurement activities with radioactivity detection equipment, process radioactive samples, maintain quality control, documentation and operational records. Perform detector calibration and quality controls.
Non-ionizing Radiation/Laser Field Support - Assist in performing laser labs assessments to ensure compliance with established control requirements. Report non-compliances to LBNL Laser Safety Officer.
Dosimetry Processing and Operational Support - Participate in the dosimeter exchanges with off-site vendors; assist Dosimetry Technical Lead with DOELAP performance testing procedures; support dose investigations for potential personnel and environmental exposures and concerns; and manage Electronic Pocket Dosimeters distribution and reporting.
What is Required:
2 to 10+ years of relevant experience in health physics instrument processes, including performing calibration procedures, maintaining equipment inventory; or a combination of education and experience in which specialized concepts, technologies are acquired.
Strong knowledge of the physics and engineering of radiation detectors, including alpha/beta/gamma counting instruments, ionization chambers, scintillation counters, and neutron measurement devices.
Knowledge of the electronics associated with the calibration and operation of these systems.
Understanding of the safety systems employed in calibration facilities, as well as knowledge of Quality Assurance requirements in the operation of calibration facilities, including training, procedures, records and quality control.
Ability to perform physical requirements of the position, including: approximately 2 hours per day sitting; approximately 4 hours per day standing and/or walking; up to 1 hour per day of hand use involving fine manipulation, keyboard/mouse use, simple and/or power grasping; and performing routine hands-on work activities (e.g., squatting, kneeling, climbing, bending, twisting).
Must be able to routinely lift and carry up to 40 lbs.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Radiological Control/Health Physics Technician.
Experience with radiation measurement and radioisotope handling principles, including monitoring, analysis and radioisotope identification.
Experience with Non-ionizing Radiation/Laser Field Support programs.
Mechanical/electrical fabrication experience.
Experience working in a research facility.
This is a full-time career appointment, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes. Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.