Job description

University of California Irvine


Updated: Apr 22, 2021
Location: UC Irvine Campus
Job Type:
Department: Environmental Health & Safety

Job Opening ID: 15228

Reports To: EHS Supervisor II

Working Title: Senior Health Physicist

Department: Environmental Health & Safety

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 000358

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8am-5pm, M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

The Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) provides services and support to over 50,000 students, faculty, and staff with the mission of advancing UCI's brilliant future and the vision of becoming world-class campus partners. DFA serves the university as planning partners, problem solvers, and solution providers—striving to make it as easy as possible for people to get the services they need, when they need them. Environmental Health & Safety strives to provide reliable, innovative and proactive services to the campus community. EH&S and the campus community work together. Our goal is to integrate safety into the culture of our community while supporting academic and research excellence. The result is a safe and healthy environment with appropriate compliance, protection of assets and efficient execution of business processes.

This position will serve as the alternate Radiation Safety Officer on the UC Irvine Radioactive Materials License. This position is responsible for assisting with managing a high level of complex Radiation Safety programs for the University and assumes regulatory compliance responsibilities. Assists with and develops, implements, and maintains multiple Radiation Safety programs, policies, and procedures for the nuclear reactor, radioactive materials, radiation-producing machines, lasers magnetic fields, radiofrequency fields, microwaves, and other sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Problems are complex and may require creation of new methodologies by applying professional EH&S knowledge and / or expertise. Serves as technical expert in the development / implementation of programs within Radiation Safety. May represent EH&S regarding Radiation Safety at meetings and conferences involving academic compliance committees, campus, system wide, local government, state and federal levels of authority in matters related to field of expertise. Decision-making is based on established procedures and integration / interpretation of relevant laws, regulations and organizational policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology, impact on other EH&S programs; and senior management approvals. Decisions may impact other EH&S programs, departments, segments of the organization and / or organization-wide.

Compensation Range: Commensurate with work exerience

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  • 5 years of progressively more complex radiation safety experience
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience
  • Must qualify under 10 CFR 35,50 and must have broad enough experience to take on a Broad Scope license, along with radiation safety aspects of the reactor, as well as the machine-produced radiation
  • Advanced skill to effectively represent the organization to state and federal authorities, and community groups
  • Knowledge and experience of radiation dosimetry for external and internal radiation exposure
  • Advanced or expert knowledge / understanding of broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields
  • Skills to appropriately, efficiently, and effectively respond to emergencies and critical situations
  • Advanced skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required
  • Knowledge of principles of radiation protection, federal and state regulatory requirements and standards regarding radiological safety, radiological emergency planning and response, and radiological environmental management
  • Knowledge and experience of ionizing radiation protection principles and applications for research nuclear reactors, radioactive materials, and radiation-producing machines
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment
  • Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints. Knowledge of Radiation Safety Regulations of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State Department of Public Health
  • Knowledge and experience of human uses of radioactive materials
  • Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend organization policy
  • Knowledge of radiation shielding for gamma, beta, and neutron radiation

  • Master's Degree in Health Physics, Radiological Health, Radiological Physics or equivalent
  • Certification as Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
  • Eligibility to sit for Parts I and II of the certification examination as Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
  • Advanced skill in mentoring or overseeing the work of other EH&S technical and professional staff

Special Conditions Required:

May be called in for emergencies at any time, may work outside of regular scheduled shift. Will be part of the Emergency Support Team. Must be able to wear PPE. Must have a valid CA driver's license and participate in DMV pull-notice program.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 4/26/2033
Work Type: Full Time