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    Summary

    This position is located within the Facilities Management Service at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. The Health Physicist - Radiation Safety position is responsible for performing independently a wide range of health physics duties associated with the receipt, use, storage, maintenance and disposal of radioactive materials.

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    Responsibilities

    • Manages the Laser Safety and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safety Programs;
    • Independently conducts radiation safety audits the Nuclear Medicine department in Imaging, as well as with the facility's Research Service;
    • Findings from these audits are presented in detailed written reports consistent with the guidance and regulations set by VA's National Health Physics Program (NHPP) or the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC);
    • Recognizes deviations from regulations and practices, cites those deficiencies, recommends appropriate corrective action and performs follow-up audits to ensure resolution of violations and/or corrective actions;
    • Initiates corrective actions when unacceptable radiation levels are detected;
    • Conducts surveys and evaluations in other areas of the medical center to determine potential radiation hazards;
    • Coordinates and administers the radioactive waste storage and disposal ensuring that a systematic method of onsite decay and storage;
    • Ensures that disposal of liquid radioactive wastes are properly performed;
    • Provides direct radiation safety support and performs safety functions associated with the therapeutic use of radiopharmaceuticals in accordance with applicable NRC regulations to ensure the training of individuals.
    • Responds to radiation related emergencies, evaluates situations and decides on or recommends personnel and/or area decontamination and directs 'return to normal' conditions;
    • Performs investigations of accidents, incidents, spills and high radiation dose exposures, lost or misplaced sources of radiation and prepares requisite reports;
    • Foresees and recommends to the Radiation Safety Committee necessary changes in radiation safety program to accomplish its mission more efficiently and effectively;
    • Exercises initiative in innovative approaches for solutions to complex and difficult health physics problems;
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    1306 Health Physics

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541283300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.