Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is seeking a Health Physicist for the Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety Department.
Under the broad technical and administrative supervision of the Director/Radiation Safety Officer, Health Physicist conducts a wide variety of health physics services, including performing routine audits of radioactive materials and their use in laboratories, calibration of laboratory analytical equipment and GM counters, package integrity tests, bioassays, and decommissioning of laboratories. Conducts personnel dosimetry program including the assignment, distribution, collection and documentation of personnel dosimeters. Responsible for the proper disposal of radioactive waste, calibrating dental x-ray units and dose calibrators, and patient monitoring and dose analysis. Assists with implementing laser safety program. Also assists with determining compliance with NRC and NJDEP regulations and orders, as well as policies and procedures established by the Radiation Safety Committee.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Accepts delivery of, inspects, and performs package surveys on all radioactive isotopes prior to transferring to licensees.
Implements radiation safety program; performs complete monitoring surveys (wipe tests and ambient surveys), including leak tests of sealed sources; produces summary reports of audits; brings to the attention of the Director/Radiation Safety Officer circumstances that could develop into a widespread internal or external radiological health issue.
Conducts routine calibration and documentation of laboratory analytical equipment; calibrates portable radiation survey meters and dose calibrators; assists with monitoring and quality control of x-ray equipment; performs lead apron integrity checks.
Implements and manages the personal monitoring program (film and ring badges), arranges for badges for new employees, arranges badge collection from and distribution to existing staff members, and communicates changes and related information to the badge vendor; conducts complete monitoring surveys; conducts routine monitoring and analysis of urine samples from personnel using radionuclides; prepares written reports of radiation exposures.
Carries out and supervises the management, collection, chemical treatment, volume reduction, manifesting, segregation, bulking, packaging and transporting, and other related functions for the minimization, treatment, and disposal of radioactive waste; makes arrangements for pick-up by vendor.
Assists in risk communication programs about radiological hazards; provides hands-on training to staff on the proper use of radiation monitoring equipment; provides and assists with initial and refresher radiation safety training.
Provides instructions to patients undergoing radiopharmaceutical therapy or brachytherapy concerning radiation risks, procedures for reducing exposure to families, and other pertinent radiation safety-related health questions; provides instruction to staff on preparation and decontamination of patient rooms.
Under broad management of the Director/Radiation Safety Officer, responds to radiation incidents and emergencies, and supervises emergency procedures and mitigation efforts.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in health physics, or a closely related radiation science field, plus at least three (3) years of experience in a comprehensive health physics/radiation safety program.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
PHYSICALDEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, talking and hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25 lbs.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.