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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.


    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

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    Responsibilities

    • Independently conducts radiation safety audits the Nuclear Medicine department in Imaging, as well as with the facility's Research Service;
    • Manages the Laser Safety and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safety Programs;
    • Findings from 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 and performs safety functions associated with the therapeutic use of radiopharmaceuticals in accordance with NRC regulations to ensure room preparations, monitoring, contamination control, waste disposal.
    • 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;
    • Prepares and conducts site-specific radiation safety training programs for new or reassigned employees and annual in-service for current employees assigned to areas in which radioactive materials are utilized;

    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/543238300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.