New England Chapter
of the Health Physics Society


Sr. HP / Assist. LSO, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA

(posted 2017-05-11)


Sr. Health Physicist / Assistant Laser Safety Officer
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

To Apply: https://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs (Select “Administrative/Staff Jobs External Candidates”), Search the field Auto req ID: with ID# 42478BR Or Keyword search: Physicist

Job Description

Under the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), the Senior Health Physicist / Assistant Laser Safety Officer (SrHP/ALSO) is a leading member of the Radiation Safety team. The SrHP/ALSO responsibilities are split between the non-ionizing radiation safety program and subsets of the ionizing radiation program. These responsibilities include supporting the non-ionizing radiation safety program; managing instrumentation, environmental monitoring, and bioassay programs; developing and managing radiological respiratory program; and acting as liaison to IACUC and IRB.

Additional position requirements include advising the RSO on regulations and compliance matters; providing support to other areas of the Radiation Protection Program; assisting with special projects; developing support of and a working knowledge of the whole EH&S program; and providing 24-hour emergency support as needed.

Duties & Responsibilities
1. Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety: Contributes to the management and continuous development of the non-ionizing radiation safety program. This program includes, but is not limited to Lasers, Radio Frequency, Electro Magnetic Fields, and MRI/NMR.
2. Instrumentation Program: Maintains appropriate inventory of radiological instrumentation. Develops working knowledge of use of instruments and trains EH&S staff and others on use.
3. Environmental Monitoring: Manages environmental monitoring program, including but not limited to sink disposals, environmental releases, and fume hood RAM use.
4. Bioassay Program: Updates and manages program and associated equipment
5. Act as RSS liaison with IACUC/IRB: Responsible for interfacing with the IRB and IACUC offices for various ionizing and non-ionizing research involving humans or animals. Responsible for developing and maintaining animal care protocols involving radioactive material and/or lasers.
6. Develop and Manage Radiological Respiratory Protection Program: Develop and manage a radiological respiratory protection program in accordance with 105 CMR for areas where the potential to generate airborne radioactivity may exist.
7. Provide Cross-functional support to all Areas of Radiation Safety Services: Provide advice and/or assistance as needed for ionizing radiation safety programs.
8. Advise the RSO on Regulations and Compliance Matters: Assist the RSO in establishing technical criteria to ensure safe and efficient operation of Radiation Safety Services to comply with University policies, governmental regulations, best management, and professional practices.
9. Lead and/or Assist with Special Projects: Assist the Radiation Safety Officer with special projects and other duties in support of the University's Radiation Safety and Environmental Health & Safety Program.
10. Develop working knowledge of whole EH&S Program: Understand the structure and function of all areas of EH&S. Maintain familiarity with, and participate in emergency cross training procedures.

Provide 24-Hour Emergency Support: Provide 24-hour radiation emergency response support on a rotating weekly basis as needed. Triage daytime and after hours Laboratory Safety emergency calls on a rotating basis

Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel

Basic Qualifications

Requires Bachelor of Science in health physics or related science; minimum of 3 to 5 years radiation safety experience that includes conducting comprehensive radiation laboratory safety analysis in a university or research environment (i.e. Broad scope type license experience); additional instructional experience desirable. Minimum of 2 years laser safety experience that includes conducting comprehensive laser laboratory safety analysis in a university or research environment. Strong knowledge of regulations and best management practices for academic ionizing & non-ionizing radiation use. Must be able to pass an FBI criminal background investigation. Must have strong technical writing skills. Requires working knowledge of NRC, DOT, applicable Agreement State, DLS, EPA, and DEP regulations.

Proven ability to successfully manage complex programs; demonstration of the skills necessary to successfully initiate, plan, execute and close complex projects and effectively lead project teams that include senior management staff.

Technological Skills Required
Proficiency and experience in complex database management systems desired. Proficiency and experience with full Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and presentation software required. Working knowledge of Windows operating system and network concepts is required. Must be able to use a smartphone and iPad, and have familiarity with email, voice mail, and emergency response procedures and protocols.

Special Requirements
Strong knowledge of regulations and best management practices for academic radioactive material, non-ionizing radiation, and radiation generating device use required. Mandatory participation in EH&S Emergency Response program as a cross-trained EH&S staff member; required to carry a cell phone and respond to emergencies during non-business hours on an occasional and as-needed basis.

Physical Requirements
Must have sufficient mobility, dexterity, and endurance to perform emergency response activities and field visits and frequently walk up/down stairs. Must be capable of using personal protective equipment and monitoring equipment and entering areas housing research animals, biological agents, or chemicals. Must be able to access any area of the University to perform inspections, job safety assessments, emergency response, etc.

Additional Qualifications
Masters of Science is preferred. Laboratory safety analysis in a university setting is preferred
Laser Safety Officer Certification strongly preferred

Candidate must possess initiative and be self-motivated. Must have strong organizational, analytical, time management, and oral/written communication skills; ability and experience in leading, motivating, supervising and supporting staff; flexible and adaptable; ability to manage multiple priorities; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Must have excellent behavioral competencies such as a strong customer service and organization skills, an attention to detail and accountability, a bias for action, a high level of integrity, diplomacy, advocacy, self-confidence, and resourcefulness.


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