Health Physicist Specialist
University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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Under the general supervision of the UCSF Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), the Health Physics Specialist (HPS) acts as a subject matter expert in radiation safety for Campus Departments, the Medical Center, and EHS professionals. This position is responsible for monitoring the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment, lasers, MR machines; performs routine audits of laboratories, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology departments; conducts radiation safety training, and assists medical staff in the therapeutic administration of sealed and unsealed radioactive materials. The incumbent performs duties mandated under California and Federal Radiation Control Regulations for the use of radioactive materials and radiation machines. The primary regulatory jurisdictions are Title 17 California Code of Regulations; and Titles 10, 21, and 49 Code of Federal Regulations. Position conducts radiation safety training for employees and serves as part of the medical team providing regulatory required counseling to patients and their families. Position requires knowledge of current regulations, the level of compliance of the University to the appropriate regulations, and the appropriate guidance of recognized expert organizations such as the NCRP, ICRP, HPS, etc. The incumbent must possess excellent public speaking skills and high level interpersonal skills required for communication in a diverse environment. The incumbent will also perform other duties as assigned. Required Qualifications • Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics or a related field and three years of experience in a radiation protection program; or Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific or engineering field and five years of radiation safety technician experience; or Master’s degree in Health/Medical Physics or equivalent combination of education and experience as determined by the Radiation Safety Officer;
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of radiation safety in order to understand, monitor, explain, and audit radiation producing equipment, procedures and policies. Required knowledge includes a solid background in radiation safety practices, experience, strong verbal and written skills, as well as solid analytical thinking and problem solving skills and three years of directly related experience;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of radiation safety regulations (the primary regulatory jurisdictions are Title 17, California Code of Regulations; and Titles 10, 21, and 49, Code of Federal Regulations);
  • Position conducts radiation safety training for employees and requires knowledge of current regulations, the level of compliance of the University to the appropriate regulations, and the (continued) appropriate guidance of recognized expert organizations such as the NCRP, ICRP, HPS, etc.;
  • Working knowledge of medical applications of radiation, radiation detection and measurement, shielding, cyclotron applications, effluent monitoring and applicable State and Federal regulations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge to serve as a subject matter expert on the appropriate receipt, use, transport, and disposal of radioactive materials in research, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications;
  • Ability to interact directly with physicians, dentists, nurses, technologists, and similar professionals, providing information regarding the patient exposure during an x-ray procedure or a nuclear medicine scan in compliance with state or federal requirements;
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills to communicate effectively to patients and patients’ families providing required regulatory counseling when radiation therapies are performed;
  • Ability to analyze complex technical data using logic and quantitative reasoning;
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues, staff members, researchers, and other members of academia;
  • Report writing and effective communication skills are required for presentations to various university groups; computer skills include word processing, writing concise and grammatically correct documents; spreadsheet software familiarity;
  • Ability to analyst complex technical data using logic and quantitative reasoning;
  • Ability to respond to emergencies with appropriate personal protective equipment;
  • Member of Department’s emergency response team; participates in after-hour/weekend/holiday rotation coverage.
Physical Demands: requires sitting, standing, walking, squatting, bending, waist twisting, climbing stairs, reaching shoulder height and below, lifting up to 20 lbs., carrying/pulling over 60 lbs., pushing up to 360 lbs., fine finger manipulation, gross manipulation, simple/power grasp, repetitive hand/arm use; tolerance to dust, fumes or gases, chemicals or toxic substances, latex; ability to differentiate color, operating motor vehicles, use of protective equipment.

Note: Physical/health screening, fingerprinting and background check required. Preferred Qualifications • A clinical background and certification in Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology, or Nuclear Medicine Technology;
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