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Junior Health Physicist

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Health and Medical Services
Campus Services


Job Summary

As a member of the Radiation Safety Services' team, Junior Health Physicists (JHPs) provide technical expertise and professional guidance for the safe use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation at Harvard University. Under the direction of the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer, JHPs are responsible for ensuring the safe use, storage, and disposal of radioactive material (RAM) and radiation emitting devices (ionizing and non-ionizing) throughout the University campus locations. JHPs interact directly with researchers in the Harvard laboratories, using independent judgment to support researchers. JHPs are expected to exhibit and promote awareness and sensitivity to safety issues and 'As Low As Reasonably Achievable' (ALARA) principles in a positive manner throughout their day-to-day work in Harvard labs and buildings. This position is primarily in-person.

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Perform routine and job specific radiological surveillance: Determine appropriate detection methodology based on lab-specific isotope use. Monitor all RAM areas via routine surveys using dose-rate and contamination meters and analyze results. Perform regular leakage surveys of x-ray cabinets. Maintain compliance with correct postings of radiological postings or warning devices. Perform technical and analytical decontamination activities when necessary.
  2. Conduct Permit Inspections: Conduct inspections of laboratories for the safe storage, use and disposal of radiation sources including review of safety equipment, designated workspaces, training for authorized users, standard operating procedures, and other required documentation.
  3. Accept RAM shipments and deliver RAM to laboratories: Survey in-bound shipments of RAM, sealed sources, and equipment, to ensure compliance with regulatory, procedural, and license requirements. Deliver RAM to laboratories.
  4. Maintain rigorous records: Document all radiological surveys, meter calibrations, meter QC checks, sample results, package receipt records, and shipping records for regulatory compliance.
  5. RAM waste processing and disposal: Qualify as a hazmat shipper and aid with the shipment of radioactive materials. Aggregate laboratory RAM waste and evaluate for appropriate disposal method.
  6. Participate in the non-ionizing Radiation Safety Program: Provide services to non-ionizing safety program, including laser hazard analysis surveys and permit reviews.
  7. Interface with Harvard researchers: Act as a point of contact for assigned laboratories or buildings; providing assistance, direction, and oversight in matters involving radiation protection and safety compliance. Assist researchers in finding solutions to problems in a positive manner that demonstrates sensitivity to both their primary objectives and radiation protection.
  8. Develop a wide range of Health Physics skills: Become proficient at the operation of various radiation instrumentation, computer systems, and techniques used for measurement, storage, analysis and processing of radiological data.
  9. Develop working knowledge of EH&S Program: Understand the structure and function of all areas of EH&S. Maintain familiarity with and participate in emergency cross training procedures.
  10. Develop SOPs: Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for the Radiation Safety Program.
  11. Provide 24-hour emergency support: Provide 24-hour radiation emergency response support as needed. Triage daytime and after hours Laboratory Safety emergency calls on a rotating basis.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by supervision/management.
Basic Qualifications

Requires Bachelor of Science in health physics or related science. Consideration will be given to individuals in their last year of an appropriate degree program. A minimum of one year conducting comprehensive radiation laboratory safety analysis in a university or research environment (i.e. Broad scope type license experience) is preferred and experience with laser safety is desirable. Strong working knowledge of regulations (i.e., MDPH, NRC, DOT, OSHA, EPA, and DEP) and best practices for academic both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation use. Subject to a criminal background/suitability investigation.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Candidate must possess initiative and be self-motivated. Must have strong organizational, analytical, time management, and oral/written communication skills; technical writing skills, high attention to detail; flexible and adaptable; ability to manage multiple priorities; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Technology Skills Requirements

Proficiency and experience with full Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and presentation software required. Working knowledge of Windows operating system and network concepts is required. Must be able to use an iPhone and iPad, and have familiarity with email, voice mail, and emergency response procedures and protocols.

Experience performing laser hazard assessments in accordance with ANSI Z136 is strongly preferred.

Special Requirements

Strong knowledge of regulations and best practices for academic radioactive material and radiation generating device use required. Mandatory participation in EH&S Emergency Response program as a cross-trained EH&S staff member; required to carry a cell phone and respond to emergencies during non-business hours on an as needed basis.

Physical Requirements

Must have sufficient mobility, dexterity, and endurance to perform emergency response activities and field visits and frequently walk up/down stairs. Must be capable of lifting 50 pounds and maneuvering large equipment. Must be capable of using personal protective equipment and monitoring equipment and entering areas housing research animals, biological agents, or chemicals. Must be able to access any area of the University to perform inspections, job safety assessments, emergency response, etc.

Additional Information

Emergency Status Designation

Remote Access Critical

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Job Function

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
396056 Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety

EHS radiation

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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EEO Statement
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