Health Physicist

Job description

Working Title: Health Physicist

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 09-04-2018

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia (UVA) Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is recruiting a Health Physicist to support the Radiation Protection Program (RPP) at the University of Virginia Medical Center. The University of Virginia possesses one of the largest Broad-Scope Medical Use Licenses in Virginia. This position will oversee all aspects of the Radiation Protection Program at the University of Virginia Medical Center, including ensuring safe use of radiation producing sources, protecting patients, staff and the public from excess radiation, and ensuring compliance with all applicable standards and regulations. As such, the incumbent will collaborate and communicate effectively with medical directors, attending physicians, medical physicists, fellows, residents, nurses, technologists, administrators, regulatory personnel (both internal and external), and others to effectively manage the radiation protection program objectives, monitor compliance with radiation protection policies and procedures, regulations, accreditation organization(s) standards, and national recommendations and provide health physics support for Nuclear Medicine including but not limited to I-131 Therapy procedures.

The Health Physicist will be an EHS employee who works directly for the University Radiation Safety Officer and with the Radiation Safety Committee to recommend radiation safety procedures, to educate personnel in radiation protection practices, and to execute radiation safety tasks. The incumbent will make recommendations to administrators regarding program compliance and effectiveness, and communicate identified radiation safety risks to Risk Management.

The Health Physicist may serve as the Associate Radiation Safety Officer and assist the RSO in leading a team of experienced radiation safety personnel in support of program goals.

Candidates must have a Graduate (Master's or PhD) from an accredited college or university in physical science or engineering; or in a biological science with a minimum of 20 semester hours in physical science with 2 or more years of relevant experience. In lieu of a graduate degree, candidates may be considered with Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in physical science or engineering; or in a biological science with a minimum of 20 semester hours in physical science with extensive relevant experience (7 or more years).

Preferred candidates should possess current board certification by the American Board of Health Physics or obtain such certification within 3 years of employment.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with 7 or more years of health physics experience in health care, particularly in the areas of nuclear medicine, radiology, and radiation oncology.

Conditions of employment: Applicants will be required to obtain and maintain "Trustworthy and Reliable" status per NRC and Virginia Radiation Protection requirements. Applicants must have a valid unrestricted Virginia Driver's License or the ability to obtain within 90 days of hire. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0623958.Complete an application online, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of Health Physics as applied to a Health Center Environment.

Collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse audiences including medical administrators, physicians, medical physicists and regulatory personnel (both internal and external), and all other employees, as appropriate, to effectively manage the RPP objectives.

Work as a collaborative partner with the Lead Medical Physicists for both Radiology and Radiation-Oncology.

Participate in regulatory inspections of RAM license operations and assist with reporting to State and Federal regulatory agencies as needed, and help in maintaining appropriate documentation to facilitate compliance reviews by the State, NRC, TJC or other agencies, managing any needed corrective action plans. In so doing, the Health Physicist should periodically review and update the radioactive material use program documentation and associated licensing, and communicate with the Health System leadership as needed.

Develop and oversee routine audits and inspections of radioactive material use in the Medical Center, and work in concert with the other medical physicists to help ensure radiation safety procedures are current.

Review health care worker occupational radiation dose incurred during clinical and research use of radioactive material, X-ray machines, accelerators, and other radiation producing devices.

Perform dosimetry evaluations for internal exposure, external exposure and skin contamination events, and ensure proper documentation of evaluations and dose assignments.

Investigate elevated exposure or dose to personnel and the public, medical events, spills, losses, thefts, unauthorized receipts, uses, transfers or disposals of licensed materials and other deviations from best practices.

Prepare written reports of RPP activities.

Respond to incidents and accidents involving radioactive materials in clinical and research settings.

Provide training related to radiation emergencies and actively participates in the Medical Center's Emergency Response activities.

Attend a minimum of 75% of all meetings of the Clinical Radiation Safety Committee (CRSC).

Participate in Health System-wide BE SAFE initiatives related to Radiation Safety.

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Posted: 11/5/2018
Application Due: 12/18/2018
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