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    PLEASE This position, located within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, California, assists the Radiation Safety Officer in performing a variety of health physics duties in the hospital and associated community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) that includes surveying all radiation areas and assessing regulatory compliance for laboratories and clinical areas using radioisotopes and radiation-producing equipment.

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    Responsibilities

    This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-09. At the GS-05 and GS-07 grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

    Duties include but not limited to:

    • Implements and evaluates tests, procedures, and reporting mechanisms to ensure proper health physics practices;
    • Reviews safe use of radioactive materials following established procedures and regulatory requirements;
    • Utilizes portable survey instruments to survey all radiation areas and takes measurements and wipe tests;
    • Prepares written summaries of survey findings, citing deficiencies found and making recommendations for corrective action;
    • Administers the radioactive waste disposal program by collecting, sorting, measuring, packaging, and documenting radioactive waste;
    • Uses appropriate radiation detection and measurement equipment (e.g. for GM detectors, ion chambers, liquid scintillation counters, etc.) to determine ambient dose equivalent rates and contamination levels;
    • Investigates spills and incidents involving radioactive materials;
    • Presents educational material on radiation safety to various groups of employees;
    • Documents receipt, storage, disposal and shipment of controlled materials and maintains proper records;
    • Verifies tests and instrument calibration for well-established uses for controlled materials;
    • Verifies personnel exposure levels to implement regulatory requirements;
    • Maintains dosimetry data base - ordering or deleting badges as necessary;
    • Maintains the inventory and leak test records for all sealed and unsealed sources utilized in the Medical Center;
    • Develops or revises procedural manuals for monitoring, managing and controlling radiation sources in clinical and research environments;
    • Collects and organizes data for presentation; and
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Recruitment Incentive: Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

  • Job family (Series)

    1306 Health Physics

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