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    The Health Physicist serves as the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for the Birmingham VA Healthcare System. The position functions within the Director's Office with direct report to and under administrative direction of the Medical Center's Chief of Staff. The RSO is an advisor to the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the overall safe and prudent use of all radioactive materials and x-ray producing equipment and controls the accountability for such material and equipment.

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    This position has the primary responsibility for implementing and managing the Birmingham VA Healthcare System radiation safety program and supervisory duties over assigned staff. Duties and responsibilities include but not limited to:

    • Sets up all work, trains in all areas of radiation safety including but not limited to machine produced radiation and radioactive material.
    • Develops long-range program priorities, and schedules work efforts.
    • Implements and evaluates tests, procedures, and reporting mechanisms to insure proper radiation safety measures within the facility.
    • Consults with facility medical staff and scientists, equipment vendors and operations personnel to resolve very complex and unprecedented issues arising from clinical uses of radioactivity and radiation producing equipment, research protocols, new x-ray equipment capabilities, applications or environments.
    • Plans and implements radiation safety program for a clinically complex institution and satellite clinics, which typically includes clinical consultation and/or research functions.
    • Oversees development of control criteria for new, improved or experimental equipment and environments.
    • Represents the organization in agency and peer group committees as well as affiliated university to develop new policies and procedures.
    • Develops and recommends evaluation criteria and guidelines for assessing radiation safety programs.
    • Communicates extensively with all regulatory agencies [i.e. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), State Radiation Control Program, Joint Commission and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)].
    • Serves as a contractor officer representative.
    • Advises medical center administration on all aspects of health physics, including disaster planning for accidents involving radiation exposure or radioactive contamination.
    • Oversees the use of all radioactive materials and radiation producing machines within the research and clinical domains, responsible for ensuring the required audits, surveys and QA evaluations of all radiation producing equipment utilized across the Medical Center.
    • Ensures that all users of radioactive material and/or radiation producing equipment including but not limited to fluoroscopy, radiography, mammography and Computed tomography are within compliance.
    • Designs, implements and evaluates strategies to improve radiation program assurance and quality management.
    • Instructs personnel in use of monitoring equipment, safe laboratory practices, decontamination methods, etc.
    • Provides initial education and training to new employees regarding safety procedures for all personnel using radioactive materials and or radiation producing equipment and continuous training to existing employees including physicians, nursing, biomedical engineers, technologists, etc.
    • Evaluates all areas of ionizing radiation use for proper security, shielding integrity, usage, and ventilation in appropriate areas.
    • Develops, implements and maintains written policies and procedures appropriate for the monitoring, use and control of radioactive materials and radiation machines.
    • Monitor/control the storage, ordering, receipt, handling, and disposal of radioactive materials.
    • The employee independently provides expert, comprehensive quality assurance oversight for imaging to a segment of a large, complex biomedical research facility.
    • Serve as a radiation safety liaison and technical expert to unique specialty groups within the organization.
    Work Schedule: Day Shift, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: Health Physicist (Radiation Safety Officer)/PD094200
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    First Cutoff. May 22, 2020. This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications received by the first cutoff will be referred first. Applications thereafter of qualified applicants will be referred as needed to the selecting official Friday of each week until the closing date of announcement November 15, 2020 (or when filled).

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1306 Health Physics

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568546600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.