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#118783 Senior Health Physicist (Medical)

Filing Deadline: Wed 10/5/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/14/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/26/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date: 9/26/22.


Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) is dedicated to the reduction of risks within the UC San Diego community, and to the promotion of safety as value in our university culture. We are pleased to provide health, safety, and environmental services to everyone at UCSD. Our goal is to support the mission of the university by helping staff, faculty, and students take an active role in protecting their health and the environment.

Applies professional knowledge or expertise in one or more specialty areas within EH&S and serves as lead person on one or more program(s) within a single discipline. Work is reviewed upon completion to ensure predetermined objectives are adequately met and that application of professional / technical judgment is sound. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Provides regulatory interpretation and technical advice. Decision-making is based on established procedures; relevant laws; regulations and organizational policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology; impact on other EH&S programs, and senior management approvals as required. Decisions may impact individual work, other EH&S programs, other departments and / or segments of the organization. This positions works under the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Incumbent is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of assigned safety programs. Provides technical support to assigned Radioisotope Use Authorizations (RUAs) and Machine Use Authorizations (MUA). Provides general and specific ionizing radiation safety training. Attends and provides technical information for Radiation Safety Committee and Medical Radiation Safety Committee meetings. Responds to radiological events.

Serve as EHS Duty Officer. Must be available on-call 2-4 times per year for one-week shifts to respond to UCSD in the event of an after-hours, weekend or holiday incident involving hazardous materials or requests for services that are regularly provided by the EHS department. May be requested to respond back to campus throughout the year to respond to EHS related incidents and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.

Must be able to travel to and from various medical sites in Hillcrest, La Jolla, satellite facilities and Sorrento Valley.


  • Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields. Bachelor’s degree in radiation safety, health physics, biological or physical science, engineering or equivalent combination of education and progressive experience. Masters degree in above field preferred. Certification by ABR, ABHP, NMTCB, NRRPT preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop, manage and implement elements of a Radiation Safety program. Detailed knowledge of California Department of Public Health - Radiologic Health Branch regulations, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations relative to the control and use of radioactive materials, the shipping and receiving of radioactive materials, radiation dosimetry, contamination control, radiation shielding, x-ray producing machine use etc.

  • Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines. Knowledge of radiation safety audit procedures for Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, fluoroscopic and diagnostic imaging procedures, etc. Ability to perform shielding evaluations in the laboratory environment and for various x-ray machine applications per all regulatory requirements.

  • Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate radiation safety principles and practices in writing. Ability to write and follow written procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate honestly, effectively and easily with senior research staff, principal investigators and health care professionals. Ability to write technical and general audience directed reports supporting radiation safety.

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints. Ability to handle large volumes of work in an organized and effective manner. Ability to manipulate existing software and databases. Ability to test and evaluate new software. Ability to effectively use email, word-processing, spreadsheet and computer applications.

  • Strong skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. In depth knowledge of the principles of external radiation dosimetry including the relative merits and problems associated with conventional and electronic dosimeters. Demonstrated in depth knowledge of radioisotope handling techniques and machine protocols for diagnostic studies.In depth knowledge of radioisotope measurement/analysis techniques using: liquid scintillation, NaI spectroscopy, and survey equipment including Geiger counters, NaI monitors, ion chambers, gas proportional counters.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct detailed radioisotope use and machine use audits.

  • In depth knowledge of the principles of biological uptake and retention/excretion functions of radioisotopes in humans.

  • Ability to evaluate lab protocols for potential contamination dose pathways, both internal and external.

  • Ability to perform dose investigations and re-constructions looking for cause and effects.

  • Ability to evaluate radiation spills and situations requiring first aid or evacuation while minimizing personnel exposure and contamination.

  • Ability to design, develop and update training programs.

  • Ability to be available on-call and return to campus on short notice as necessary during non-work hours for EHS related concerns / incidents. Knowledge and expertise in all subject areas across the EHS discipline. Knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to execute incident management activities safely and effectively. Ability to analyze situations, evaluate the need for additional EHS resources and/or activation of the EHS response team, and assume responsibility for incident management. Ability to provide leadership during incident management until a transfer of responsibility takes place or the incident has been resolved. Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations specific to general safety, occupational health and safety, chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety, fire / life safety, emergency management, and environmental protection.


  • DMV/FBI/DOJ background checks and clearances required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV "Pull Notice System" as required for daily operation of departmental cars/light trucks.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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