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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

This Health Physicist position is located within Environment, Health and Safety / Radiation Safety Service and reports to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).  The position is primarily responsible for the development, management, and implementation of radiation safety programs at Michigan Medicine (the University of Michigan’s health care system), which includes a large, 1,000-bed academic medical center and several offsite health centers and ambulatory care clinics in Southeastern Michigan.  The radiation safety program oversees diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, over 230 radiation-producing machines used in departments across the system, and over 2,400 monitored radiation workers.

Responsibilities*

  • Coordinate, audit, and participate in radiological safety activities relating to the medical use of radiation-producing machines and radioactive materials.
  • Provide consultation and guidance regarding the safe use of ionizing radiation to physicians and staff, and patient and visitors (as needed).
  • Investigate radiological hazards, unsafe practices, incidents, and unusual occurrences, and recommend methods for maintaining radiation doses ALARA.
  • Develop and implement departmental and institutional radiological safety policies and procedures, and evaluate compliance.
  • Review and evaluate medical users and permits/amendments for medical use of radiation and radioactive materials.
  • Evaluate radiation doses to employees and members of the general public, including review of dosimetry results, evaluation of compliance with applicable regulations, assessment of external and internal radiation doses, ALARA investigations, and preparation of reports.
  • Conduct radiation and contamination surveys, radioactive material and radiation-producing machine inventories and registration, sealed source inventories and leak tests, shielding assessments, facility decontamination and decommissioning, radioactive material transfers and shipments, and effluent and environmental monitoring.
  • Develop and provide radiological safety and regulatory compliance training to physicians, staff, and students.
  • Advise on complex problems involving medical use of radiation and radioactive materials.
  • Respond to, evaluate, and participate in mitigating radiological incidents and radioactive spills.
  • Accompany federal and state regulators during inspections, respond to inquiries from regulators, and schedule inspections for radiation-producing machines.
  • Implement and evaluate security measures (10 CFR 37).
  • Interpret and implement federal, state, and local standards, rules, regulations, and guidance concerning radiological health and safety issues, and implement measures to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct, coordinate, or oversee the routine calibration, maintenance, repair, and operation of various monitoring instrumentation.
  • Maintain professional, cooperative relationships with Michigan Medicine constituents, behaving in accordance with Michigan Medicine and University values.
  • Upon completion of specific training, duties may be expanded to include participation on the departmental after-hours emergency response on-call team, for radiological, chemical, and biological incidents.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics/Radiological Health, Medical Physics, or equivalent radiological safety experience.  Certifiable by the American Board of Health Physics.
  • Candidate must have practical experience (preferably three years full-time) in health physics/radiological safety activities, practices and principles, be competent and self-motivated to work independently, and have excellent communication, instructional, and computer skills.  Practical experience in a medical program of similar scope is desirable.
  • Candidate must be able to pass a physical exam for emergency response activities wearing personal protective equipment, including a respirator.  Previous DOT and/or HazWoper training is desirable, as well as knowledge of University policies and procedures.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  In addition, employment is contingent upon passing an NRC-required trustworthy and reliable background and criminal history check for unescorted access into secured facilities (10 CFR 37.25).

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.