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This entry/mid-level Health Physicist vacancy is within Environment, Health and Safety / Radiation Safety Service and reports to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
The position provides technical expertise and guidance on the safe use of ionizing radiation and radioactive materials (RAM) in research at the University of Michigan (U-M). The U-M radiation safety program oversees over 600 RAM research labs, a large and expanding academic medical center (#1 in Michigan), over 500 radiation-producing machines, occupational dosimetry for over 4,200 employees, and over 1,200 lasers.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Coordinate, audit, and participate in radiological safety activities relating to research uses of RAM and radiation-producing machines, to minimize radiation risk to researchers, employees, students, and visitors.
Assist the RSO in day-to-day coordination, implementation, and improvement of U-M radiation safety programs, including the development of standard operating procedures.
Promote ALARA and the safe use of ionizing radiation, control radiation hazards and risk to workers and the public, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and University policies.
Provide technical consultation, advice/guidance, and oversight (to departments, faculty, staff, and students) regarding the safe use of ionizing radiation (including new protocols), storage and security of RAM, waste management, and maintaining radiation doses ALARA.
Perform inspections/surveillance, identify and evaluate radiological hazards, investigate unsafe practices, incidents, and unusual occurrences, perform necessary follow-up activities, recommend procedural improvements and corrective actions, and prepare reports. Recognize safety concerns outside primary area of focus (e.g., general lab safety).
Observe, participate in, and assess procedures involving RAM or radiation-producing machines to ensure compliance with radiation safety policies and reduce/minimize radiation exposure to researchers, employees, students, and visitors. Take appropriate action to stop unsafe practices, if warranted.
Develop and implement departmental and institutional radiological safety policies and procedures, maintain measures to control radiological hazards, and evaluate compliance with policies. Manage issues or projects within required timelines.
Develop and provide radiological safety, regulatory compliance, emergency response, and hazard awareness training to researchers, staff, ancillary/support personnel, students, and visitors.
Evaluate radiation doses to employees and members of the public, including review of dosimetry results, evaluation of compliance with applicable regulations and limits, assessment of external and internal radiation doses, ALARA investigations, and preparing reports.
Provide consultation to employees and declared pregnant workers.
Manage radiation-producing machines, including registration (annual), inventory management, technical support, and recordkeeping.
Conduct radiation and contamination surveys, sealed source inventory and leak tests, RAM and radiation-producing machine inventories, program audits, decontamination and release/decommissioning, and effluent and environmental monitoring.
Review and evaluate authorization applications and amendments for use of RAM and radiation-producing machines in research (including animal research).
Respond to, evaluate, and participate in mitigating radiological incidents, radioactive spills, and waste-related incidents. Be reachable/available for after-hours response or reachback support for radiological emergencies.
Accompany regulators during inspections, respond to inquiries from regulators, and schedule regulatory inspections of radiation-producing machines.
Implement and evaluate security measures (10 CFR 37).
Interpret and implement federal, state, and local standards, rules, regulations, and guidance concerning radiological health and safety issues, and implement measures to ensure compliance.
Operate and maintain radiation detection instrumentation, including calibration and repair.
Upon completion of appropriate cross-training, duties may include optional participation on the departmental after-hours emergency response on-call team for radiological, chemical, and biological incidents.
Complete or participate in all assigned safety/compliance and workplace improvement training.
Special projects and other job-related duties, as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in health physics, radiological health, medical physics, radiological engineering, or related field.
For EHS Rep II (only), at least three years of relevant experience. For EHS Rep I (entry level), no experience is required.
Ability to pass U-M and NRC criminal background checks (see Background Screening below).
Eligible to work in the U.S. and possess a valid and unrestricted U.S. driver’s license.
This position requires the ability to operate a U-M vehicle.
Knowledge of the principles/concepts, fundamentals, and best practices/methods of health physics/radiation protection and the risks associated with ionizing radiation exposure.
Working knowledge of (and experience interpreting) applicable federal and state laws/regulations, standards, and guidance pertaining to the possession and safe use of RAM and radiation-producing machines, and appropriate technical resources.
Relevant, practical experience in health physics/radiological safety, preferably at a broad scope licensee or academic/biomedical research facility of similar scope/function.
Experience (or training) with mathematical and computational health physics evaluations, such as assessment of external radiation doses and skin doses.
Demonstrated competence in oral and written communication, including written and in-person training/instruction/presentations and communicating technical information clearly and concisely.
Experience with compliant radiation safety program recordkeeping.
Self-motivated, ability to work with supervision and professional judgment, managing the radiation safety program within an assigned functional area, and ability to work independently or as a team.
Detail-oriented, demonstrated organizational and time management skills, and ability to manage/prioritize, track, and complete tasks/projects within established deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills and able to interact professionally and effectively with wide variety of individuals (researchers, staff, students, administrators, and regulators), behaving in accordance with institutional values.
Committed to customer service, timely response, collaboration, cooperative professional relationships, and diversity.
Ability to use sound judgment and act decisively in high-stress or emergency situations. Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills.
Previous DOT and/or HAZWOPER training.
Familiarity with U-M, and knowledge of U-M policies and procedures.
Competent using PC, office productivity applications, presentation applications, and database applications.
Position involves presence in research and/or health care environments and waste management facilities where radioactive, hazardous, and/or infectious materials are used or stored. Position involves occupational exposure to ionizing radiation and patients, and occasional controlled contact with chemical or biological agents.
Able to push, pull, and move/transport 10 pounds routinely (e.g., packages, radiation detection equipment, or shielding).
Able to move freely throughout facilities (including stairs), have dexterity to survey areas that may not be easily accessible, and endurance to perform emergency response activities and field/lab visits.
Able to wear personal protective equipment, wear radiation dosimetry, and submit bioassays (if required).
Able to pass a physical exam for emergency response activities wearing personal protective equipment (including a respirator, if required)
If required to work in or around animal facilities, enrollment in appropriate medical surveillance program may be required.
This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
U-M Facilities and Operations (F&O) seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our faculty, staff and students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
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