Health Physicist Manager

Jul 05, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Health Physicist Manager

Stanford University

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Stanford University
Health Physicist Manager
Exempt, full-time

As a global leader in education, research, and program development, Stanford University has embraced its role in not only mastering current technologies and bodies of knowledge, but in seeking better solutions, expanding what is possible, and training the next generation of thought leaders. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) strives to incorporate these goals into our ways of doing business. As the principal health and safety office at Stanford University, we support and advance the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment. We provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship.

Develop and oversee the day-to-day technical and operational functions of radiation and laser safety programs. This position will also serve as a senior leader within the Research Safety Program and will be expected to work closely with Biosafety and Laboratory Safety programs to rethink existing efforts and develop new initiatives to enhance the culture of safety and reduce risk in the research environment. Develop and manage personnel in support of program mission
Job Code: 4396
Grade Level: K

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


  • Identify, evaluate, and implement controls related to the use of radioactive material, radiation producing equipment and lasers in research operations.
  • Act as a lead or technical expert, providing functional direction and mentoring related to training and monitoring programs, inspection standards, safe-work methods, decontamination procedures, and radiological emergency procedures.
  • Manage daily budget and staffing levels for radiation and laser safety program operations, and provide leadership direction to staff.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in one or more functional specialization areas, such as laser safety, radiological environment protection, radioactive waste management, and/or dosimetry.
  • Review and incorporate government and university standards and regulations into the radiation and laser safety programs.
  • Recruit and retain staff; provide career and performance coaching, growth, and personal development for direct reports.

  • Manages, develops and directs Research Radiation Safety including: radiation detection instrument calibration, radiation survey program, incoming/outgoing radioactive packages, laser safety, non-human analytical machines, animal research with radioactive materials, cyclotron/radiochemistry support and sealed source programs for the university, hospitals, and VAPAHCS.
  • Manages audits and inspections of radioactive and laser research labs to identify unsafe conditions and practices. Establishes methods of control where ionizing and non-ionizing radiation related hazards are identified. Provides technical consultations to faculty, managers, supervisors, researchers and students as needed to prevent injury. Periodically reviews procedures and updates the audit forms to meet new regulatory requirements.
  • Manages the radiation survey and compliance inspections in research areas at Stanford, Clinical facilities, and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), ensures that surveys are performed properly and at the correct frequency and that user surveys are audited monthly.
  • Works closely with Head of Research Safety on unified efforts with Biosafety, laboratory safety, etc. to improve and enrich the culture of safety
    * - Other duties may also be assigned

    Education & Experience:
    Bachelor's degree in health physics, medical physics, nuclear engineering, or related natural science field. Eight years of related progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulation compliance aspects of the radiation or laser safety programs. Experience interpreting and applying regulations in real world situations.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and evaluating the overall health and safety programs.
  • Experience with requirements of monitoring and overseeing the disposal of radioactive materials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to lead professionally in emergency/crisis situations.
    Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong self-motivation; proactive, high-energy, enthusiastic, “can do” work ethic; ability to handle potentially stressful situations
  • Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will.

    Certifications and Licenses:
  • Preference for Certified Health Physicist (CHP) or Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO).

  • Frequently lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds; rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-40 pounds or more.
  • Able to wear a respirator and perform duties while wearing.
  • Auditory acuity to hear clicks and buzzers for detection equipment.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid California non-commercial class driver license. Ability to drive day and night.
    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.*

  • May be exposed to radioactive materials and/or ionizing radiation, Class IIIB or IV lasers, magnetic or electromagnetic fields, and lead.
  • May be exposed to biohazards (urine, blood, feces) while working with patients and/or animals in ER's, OR's or IR's (interventional radiology). Must gown up for sterile environments.
  • May require travel to off campus locations.
  • Must be available for emergency response and on call duties.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


    Location: Dean of Research, California, United States
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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