Reporting to, and under the supervision of the Associate Radiation Safety Officer, the Health Physicist is responsible for health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of hospital-centered and clinical radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety departmental mission. This position provides radiological and related support services to a variety of Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital facilities.
Assisting the Senior Health Physicist(s), and Associate Radiation Safety Officer;
Supervising and directing the activities of Associate Health Physicists as assigned;
Performing and documenting radiation protection audits, surveys, and inspections of rooms, departments, areas, or facilities where radioactive materials and/or radiation-producing equipment are used to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations;
Reviewing and interpreting radiation protection audit/survey/inspection results and recommending corrective and preventative actions;
Providing health physics support for diagnostic and therapeutic administration of radiation in nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, radiation oncology, PET, cardiac catheterization laboratory, interventional radiology, surgery, dentistry, medical/surgical nursing units, and other clinical radiation use areas;
Measuring and documenting radiation levels around patients receiving therapeutic treatments;
Providing radiation protection consultations to occupationally exposed individuals, patients receiving therapeutic administrations of radioactive materials, and patients exposed to elevated levels of radiation during their procedure.
Performing appropriate surveys for clinical X-ray producing equipment, including radiographic or fluoroscopic equipment for human use;
Conducting surveys on radiation-protective equipment, including fixtures, devices, and personal protective equip-ment under supervision;
Providing on-the-job training and direction to EH&S and other personnel;
Maintaining inventories and performing routine quality control measurements of radiation detection instruments, sealed source radioactive materials, and radiation emitting devices;
Performing and documenting receipt surveys of incoming radioactive material shipments;
Responding to radioactive material spills and other radiation emergencies;
Conducting surveys on personal protective equipment;
Collecting, surveying, and processing of radioactive material waste;
Preparing and generating routine and specialized reports;
Following and enforcing HIPPA regulations;
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned
Bachelor???s degree in a physical, biological or other related science and a minimum of three (3) years or more in demonstrated experience in radiation protection or a closely related field or equivalent in education and experience, or a Master???s degree in a physical, biological or other related science and two (2) years demonstrated experience in radiation protection or a closely related field may substitute in part for experience. 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.
Eligibility for 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. 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.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 513172
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