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    Classified Staff Job Description

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    Classified Staff Employee Job Description


    Job Code: 020870
    Title: Health Physicist
    Pay Grade: 64
    Pay Range
    (min/mid/max):
    $59,488/$74,360/$89,232
    FLSA:Exempt

    Purpose of Classification:
    Develops and monitors Health Physics/Radiation Control programs which involve the use of radioactive materials to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and licenses.

    Distinguishing Characteristics:
    This is fourth in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the Radiation Control Specialist by its authority to develop Health Physics/Radiation Control programs using required higher levels of technical education and training. Incumbents work with hazardous materials.

    Example of Duties:
    • Communicates with public officials to determine status of regulations, evaluates potential effects on the university and makes necessary program alterations.
    • Maintains licenses and registrations with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) including evaluating adequacy and preparation of new license applications for university radiation safety committee.
    • Participates on a variety of committees involving radiation safety issues.
    • Provides professional advice and assistance to university departments on problems.
    • Provides engineering services such as design and calculation of shielding.
    • Develops, modifies, tests and/or evaluates new or improved instrumentation, equipment, analytical procedures, operating procedures, evaluation techniques and computer programs.
    • Prepares written guides on radiation control standards and practices and how to resolve related problems.
    • Provides public information and training on radiation and other environmental stresses, their uses, problems and control.
    • Reviews projects periodically; performs measurements and evaluations adequate to locate, evaluate, control and record health physics problems.
    • Summarizes data and prepares reports for information and evaluation purposes and for protection of the university in the event of litigation.
    • Consults with faculty and staff to anticipate future health physics problems and plans corrective measures.
    • Makes preparations for emergencies and takes necessary actions in emergencies to minimize health physics problems and to assure quick recovery.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of electronic and mechanical equipment in health physics applications.
    • Knowledge of federal, state and university rules and regulations relative to the health physics program.
    • Skill in responding to radiation emergency situations and taking corrective action.
    • Ability to effectively communicate.

      Minimum Qualifications:
      • Master's degree in Industrial Hygiene, Health Physics or related field AND three years of radiation measurement and safety control experience; OR,
      • Eight years of radiation measurement and safety control experience; OR,
      • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
      • Eligibility for certification in Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics or the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

      Prepared:

      10/01/1990
      Revised: 03/13/2006

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