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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

The Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) has an opening for a Safety Technician - Associate in its Radiation Safety Service (RSS) program.  Specifically, this is a health physics technician position providing technical support to the RSS health physics staff and reports to a Senior Health Physicist / Coordinator. 


The health physics technician is responsible for a variety of radiological safety and regulatory compliance duties and tasks relating to research and medical use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines.  These include:

  • Coordinating, auditing, and participating in routine radiation and contamination surveys and maintaining the appropriate documentation.
  • Auditing radiological safety programs in research facilities on U-M campuses.
  • Conducting routine radioactive material deliveries, transfers, and shipments requiring specialized DOT training and CDL certification.
  • Conducting laboratory decontamination and decommissioning surveys.
  • Conducting routine radiation survey instrument and analytical equipment checks and calibrations.
  • Participating in environmental monitoring programs including collecting and assaying samples.
  • Assisting in radon assessments in buildings and facilities on campus.
  • Assisting in inspections of laser-operating research facilities for compliance with safety standards.
  • Assisting in radiological emergencies and radioactive spill control and cleanup.
  • Participating in regulatory inspections conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • Participating in the departmental after-hours emergency response on-call team for radiological, biological, and chemical, incidents upon completing specific training.
  • Participating in other EHS job-related duties and supporting other EHS program areas including Biological Safety and Research, Health and Safety as assigned.
  • Maintaining professional, cooperative relationships within the University community and serving in accordance with University values.

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma is necessary.  Supplemental course work in biology, chemistry, mechanical design, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is desirable.
  • Some experience in the operation and maintenance of safety-related or analytical equipment especially radiation meters, detectors and analyzers is desirable.
  • Some knowledge with safety-related operating procedures and governmental regulations is desirable.
  • Some computer experience using MS Office or similar software is highly desirable.
  • Must be able to pass a physical examination to allow for emergency response and wearing of personnel protective equipment (PPE).  Must have no moving or breathing restrictions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and the ability to meet all federal and state examinations and background checks necessary to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the transportation of hazardous materials. 
  • Previous DOT and/or OSHA Hazardous Waste and Emergency Operations (HazWoper) training is desirable.
  • Must be competent, self-motivated and able to work independently. 
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations / Environment, Health and Safety 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, faculty, and staff 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.

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.