Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to, and direction of, the Radiation Safety Officer, the Senior Health Physicist is responsible for health physics functions/duties relating to radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety mission. The Senior Health Physicist is responsible for providing consultation/technical direction to Radiation Safety, and EH&S community, with respect to the safe use of radioactive materials/radiation-producing devices. This position provides radiological services to Columbia University, NY Presbyterian Hospital and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Duties include, but are not limited, to: ? Assisting the Deputy Rad. Safety Officer; ? Supervising/directing activities of Assoc. Health Physicist(s) and Health Physicist(s); ? Providing advice/consultation in safe use of radioactive materials/radiation-producing equipment according to local, state and federal regulations, practices and appropriate Columbia University policies/procedures; ? Providing technical guidance to projects/programs for compliance with rules, regulations and laws; ? Providing training to scientific, medical, nursing, faculty, staff, students, and related clinical/research personnel in safe use of radioactive materials/radiation emitting devices; ? Providing training/direction to EH&S and other personnel; ? Developing training programs as needed; ? Performing/documenting radiation protection audits, surveys, and inspections of rooms, department areas, or facilities where radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing equipment are used; ? Reviewing/interpreting radiation protection audit/survey/inspection results and recommending corrective/preventative actions; ? Maintaining inventories of radiation detection instruments, sealed source radioactive materials, and radiation emitting devices; ? Performing/documenting receipt surveys of incoming radioactive material shipments; ? Performing surveys and decontamination of radioactive material use areas; ? Responding to radioactive material spills, emergencies, and evaluating/executing corrective measures; ? Collecting/surveying/processing of radioactive material waste; ? Preparing/generating routine and specialized reports; ? Additional responsibilities as assigned.
If assigned to clinical radiation safety program: ? Performing in-depth radiation protection audits/surveys/inspections of clinical x-ray use and radioactive material use programs. ? Providing radiation protection consultations to occupationally exposed individuals, patients receiving therapeutic radioactive materials, and patients exposed to elevated levels of radiation during procedures. ? Providing health physics support for diagnostic/ therapeutic radiation in nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, radiation oncology, cardiac catheterization laboratory, interventional radiology, surgery, dentistry, PET, medical/surgical nursing units, and other clinical radiation use areas; ? Conducting surveys on radiation-protective equipment, fixtures, devices, and personal protective equipment under supervision; ? Measuring/documenting radiation levels around patients receiving treatment; ? Performing appropriate surveys for clinical x-ray equipment, x-ray irradiators, radiographic, or fluoroscopic equipment for human use; ? Following/enforcing HIPAA regulations;
If assigned to research radiation safety program: ? Performing/documenting surveys in research rooms or facilities ensuring compliance with rules and regulations; ? Processing/distributing shipments of radioactive materials to researchers; ? Performing appropriate surveys for non-clinical x-ray-producing equipment, x-ray irradiators, x-ray diffraction systems, and radiographic equipment for non-human use.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a physical, biological or other related science. A minimum of four (4) years demonstrated experience in radiation protection or a closely related field.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Demonstrated advanced knowledge of radiation physics, principles and practices of radiation protection, survey instrumentation and analysis and applicable rules, regulations and laws governing the safe use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing equipment. Requirements also include: excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal; excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage deadlines; ability to relate to all levels of personnel in a collaborative manner; demonstrated ability to set priorities, work with diplomacy and efficiency in a pressured environment, and the maturity to carry out activities with minimum supervision. The candidate must be detail oriented, with computer literacy to include knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of university and/or hospital culture is preferred. Ability to lift 50 pounds and manipulate a full 55-gallon/400 pound drum using a drum cart. Ability to wear a respirator.
Preferred Qualifications: A Master's degree in health physics, medical physics, or other related science, or equivalent in training and experience is preferred. Certification by the American Board of Health Physics, the American Board of Medical Physics, the American Board of Radiology, or an equivalent certifying body is preferred.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_161628
About Columbia University
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.