New England Chapter
of the Health Physics Society

Jr. Health Physicist, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA

(posted 2016-06-30)

Business Title: Junior Health Physicist
School/Unit: Campus Services
Sub-Unit: Environmental Health & Safety
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function: Technical
Time Status: Full-time
Department: EHS
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Auto req ID: 39686BR
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Duties & Responsibilities
As a member of the Radiation Safety Services’ team, Junior Health Physicists (JHPs) participate in providing services for the ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety program at Harvard University. Under the direction of the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer, JHPs are responsible for ensuring safe use, storage, and disposal of radioactive material (RAM) and radiation devices throughout the University. JHPs interact directly with researchers in the Harvard laboratories, supporting researchers in their many uses of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. JHPs are expected to exhibit and promote awareness and sensitivity to safety issues and ALARA principles in a positive manner throughout their day to day work in Harvard labs and buildings.

1. Perform routine and job specific radiological surveillance: Monitor all RAM areas via routine surveys using dose-rate and contamination meters. Maintain compliance with correct postings of radiological postings or warning devices. Perform decontamination activities when assigned.
2. Accept RAM shipments and deliver RAM to laboratories: Survey in-bound shipments of RAM, sealed sources, and equipment, to ensure compliance with regulatory, procedural, and license requirements. Deliver RAM to laboratories.
3. RAM waste processing and disposal: Qualify as a hazmat shipper and provide assistance with the shipment of radioactive materials. Aggregate laboratory RAM waste and process for disposal.
4. Interface with Harvard researchers: Act as a point of contact for assigned laboratories or buildings; providing assistance, direction, and oversight in matters involving radiation protection and safety compliance. Assist researchers in finding solutions to problems in a positive manner that demonstrates sensitivity to both their primary objectives and radiation protection.
5. Maintain rigorous records: Document all radiological surveys, meter calibrations, meter QC checks, sample results, package receipt records, and shipping records for regulatory compliance.
6. Participate in the non-ionizing Radiation Safety Program: Provide services to non-ionizing safety program, including laser hazard analysis surveys and permit reviews.
7. Develop SOP’s: Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for the Radiation Safety Program on EH&S SharePoint site.
8. Provide 24-hour emergency support: Provide 24-hour radiation emergency response support as needed. Triage daytime and after hours Laboratory Safety emergency calls on a rotating basis.
9. Develop working knowledge of whole EH&S Program: Understand the structure and function of all areas of EH&S. Maintain familiarity with, and participate in emergency cross training procedures.
10. Develop a wide range of Health Physics skills: Become proficient at the operation of various radiation instrumentation, computer systems, and techniques used for measurement, storage, analysis and processing of radiological data.
11. Perform other duties as assigned by supervision/management.
Basic Qualifications
Requires Bachelor of Science in health physics or related science. Consideration will be given to individuals in their last year of appropriate degree program. 
Must be able to pass an FBI criminal background investigation.
Proficiency and experience with full Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and presentation software required.
Strong knowledge of regulations and best practices for academic radioactive material and radiation generating device use required.
Mandatory participation in EH&S Emergency Response program as a cross-trained EH&S staff member; required to carry a cell phone and respond to emergencies during non-business hours on an as needed basis.
Additional Qualifications
One year conducting comprehensive radiation laboratory safety analysis in a university or research environment (i.e. Broad scope type license experience) is preferred. Strong knowledge of regulations (i.e. working knowledge of NRC, DOT, applicable Agreement State, EPA, and DEP regulations) and best practices for academic ionizing and non-ionizing radiation use preferred. 
Must have strong technical writing skills. Experience with laser safety is also desirable.
Candidate must possess initiative and be self-motivated. Must have strong organizational, analytical, time management, and oral/written communication skills; high attention to detail; flexible and adaptable; ability to manage multiple priorities; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Working knowledge of Windows operating system and network concepts is required. Must be able to use an iPhone and iPad, and have familiarity with email, voice mail, and emergency response procedures and protocols.  

Additional Information
Physical Requirements
Must have sufficient mobility, dexterity, and endurance to perform emergency response activities and field visits and frequently walk up/down stairs. Must be capable of lifting 50 pounds and maneuvering large equipment. Must be capable of using personal protective equipment and monitoring equipment and entering areas housing research animals, biological agents, or chemicals. Must be able to access any area of the University to perform inspections, job safety assessments, emergency response, etc.
Emergency Status Designation
Remote Access Critical
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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law

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