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Job Summary

These Health Physicist vacancies are within Environment, Health and Safety / Radiation Safety Service and report to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Two vacancies may be filled with the announcement, at the EHS Specialist Senior and/or Lead levels.

The positions are primarily responsible for the development, management, and implementation of radiation safety programs at University of Michigan Health, the University’s cutting-edge and expanding academic medical system; the positions are patient- and provider-facing and focused on radiation safety in the clinical setting. U-M Health includes a 1,043-bed academic medical center and several offsite health centers and ambulatory care clinics in Southeastern Michigan, with a total employment of almost 30,000. The radiation safety program oversees four nuclear medicine clinics (diagnostic and therapeutic), radiation oncology, over 240 radiation-producing machines, and occupational dosimetry for over 3,000 monitored individuals.
 

Responsibilities*

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate, audit, and participate in radiological safety activities relating to the medical and research use of radiation-producing machines and radioactive materials, to minimize radiation risk to employees, students, and patients/visitors.
  • Assist the RSO in day-to-day coordination, implementation, and improvement of University radiation safety programs.
  • Promote ALARA and the safe use of ionizing radiation, control radiation hazards and risk to workers and the public, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and University policies.
  • Provide technical consultation and advice/guidance (to departments, physicians, staff, and students) regarding the safe use of ionizing radiation, waste management, and maintaining radiation doses ALARA.
  • Perform inspections, identify and evaluate radiological hazards, investigate unsafe practices, incidents, medical events, and unusual occurrences, perform necessary follow-up activities, recommend procedural improvements and corrective actions, and prepare reports.
  • Observe, participate in, and assess clinical procedures involving radioactive materials or the use of radiation-producing machines to ensure compliance with radiation safety policies and reduce/minimize radiation exposure to physicians, staff, and patients. Take appropriate action to stop unsafe practices, if warranted.
  • Develop and implement departmental and institutional radiological safety policies and procedures, maintain measures to control radiological hazards, and evaluate compliance with policies.
  • Develop and provide radiological safety, regulatory compliance, emergency response, and hazard awareness training to physicians, staff, researchers, ancillary/support personnel, students, and patients/visitors.
  • Support radiopharmaceutical therapies (outpatient and inpatient), including administration/isolation planning, release criteria and evaluation, and room survey/clearance. 
  • Evaluate radiation doses to employees and members of the public, including review of dosimetry results, evaluation of compliance with applicable regulations and limits, assessment of external and internal radiation doses, ALARA investigations, and preparing reports.
  • Provide consultation to employees, declared pregnant workers, and patients.
  • Manage U-M Health radiation-producing machines, including registration (annual), inventory management, technical support, and recordkeeping.
  • Conduct radiation and contamination surveys, sealed source inventory and leak tests, program audits, decontamination and release/decommissioning, and effluent and environmental monitoring.
  • Review and evaluate authorizations/amendments for human/medical use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines, including nuclear medicine and radiation oncology.
  • Perform (or assist senior staff with) shielding evaluation/assessment, design, and surveys.
  • Provide consultation/advice on complex problems involving medical use of radiation and radioactive materials (including new treatments or treatment modalities), and manage complex issues or projects within required timelines.
  • Respond to, evaluate, and participate in mitigating radiological incidents, radioactive spills, and waste-related incidents. Be reachable/available for after-hours response or reachback support for radiological emergencies.
  • Accompany regulators during inspections, respond to inquiries from regulators, and schedule regulatory inspections of 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.
  • Operate and maintain radiation detection instrumentation, including calibration and repair.
  • Support U-M Health compliance with Joint Commission requirements and recommendations.
  • Upon completion of specific training, duties may include participation on the departmental after-hours emergency response on-call team for radiological, chemical, and biological incidents.
  • Complete or participate in all assigned safety/compliance and workplace improvement training.
  • Special projects and other job-related duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in health physics, radiological health, medical physics, radiological engineering, or closely related field. Master’s degree in one of these fields may be substituted for work experience. A combination of relevant education and work experience may be considered.
  • Minimum two years relevant, full-time experience in health physics/radiological safety, preferably at a medical broad scope licensee or academic/biomedical research facility of similar scope/function, with progressively responsible positions requiring independent professional judgment.
  • Ability to pass U-M and NRC criminal background checks (see Background Screening below).
  • Eligible to work in the U.S., and possess a valid and unrestricted U.S. driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics, or eligible for Part 1 of the exam.
  • Knowledge of the principles/concepts, fundamentals, and practices/methods of health physics/radiation protection (in a medical environment) and the risks associated with radiation exposure.
  • Working knowledge of (and experience interpreting) applicable federal and state laws/regulations, standards, and guidance pertaining to the possession and use of radioactive material and radiation-producing machines, and appropriate technical resources.
  • Experience with mathematical and computational health physics evaluations, including assessment of external radiation doses and skin doses.
  • Demonstrated competence in oral and written communication, including written and in-person training/instruction/presentations and communicating technical information clearly and concisely.
  • Experience with compliant radiation safety program recordkeeping.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision and manage the radiation safety program within the assigned functional area, and ability to work independently or as a team.
  • Detail-oriented, demonstrated organizational and time management skills, and ability to manage/prioritize, track, and complete tasks/projects in a demanding work environment and within established deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to interact professionally and effectively with wide variety of individuals (physicians, staff, students, administrators, and regulators), behaving in accordance with institutional values.
  • Committed to customer service, timely response, collaboration, cooperative professional relationships, and diversity.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and act decisively in high-stress or emergency situations.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Previous DOT and/or HAZWOPER training.
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures.
  • Competent using PC, office productivity applications, and database applications.

Physical Requirements

  • Position involves presence in health care and research environments and waste management facilities where radioactive, hazardous, and/or infectious materials are used or stored. Position involves occupational exposure to ionizing radiation and patients, and occasional controlled contact with chemical or biological agents.
  • Able to push, pull, and move/transport 10 pounds routinely (e.g., packages, radiation detection equipment, or shielding).
  • Able to move freely throughout hospital facilities and have the dexterity to survey areas that may not be easily accessible.
  • Able to wear personal protective equipment, wear radiation dosimetry, and submit bioassays (if required).
  • Able to pass a physical exam for emergency response activities wearing a respirator (if required).
  • If required to work in or around animal facilities, enrollment in appropriate medical surveillance program may be required.

Underfill Statement

These vacancies may be filled at the EHS Specialist Senior (EHS Rep II) or EHS Specialist Lead (Senior EHS Rep) classifications, depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate(s). Two vacancies may be filled with this announcement.

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 faculty, staff and 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 successful completion and maintenance of NRC­-required “trustworthy and reliable” background and criminal history records check for unescorted access into secured facilities (10 CFR 37).

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.