University of Rochester Health Physicist in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 054 Environmental Health & Safety


8 AM-5 PM


General Purpose:

Collaborates with the radiation safety officer in planning and directing a University-wide radiation safety program including the supervision of technical and support staff. Provides oversight for American College of Radiology accreditation for various energized devices.

Specific Responsibilities:

Under general direction and with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and action:

Supervises technicians and secretaries including the performance of various personnel actions in an effort to provide an effective radiation safety program. Provides leadership for the program in absence of the Radiation Safety Officer.

Periodically surveys or supports the surveys of X-ray machines, electron microscopes and other X-ray generators. Provides oversight for CT, fluoroscopy, mammography, nuclear imaging accreditation programs, based on New York State or American College of Radiology (ACR) standards. Monitors patients treated with radioactive implants or doses of radio-isotopes.

Supervises the survey of isotope laboratories to insure that all laboratories using radioactive isotopes are surveyed periodically. Monitors for possible contamination of laboratory areas and measures radiation levels to insure that exposure of staff are as low as reasonably achievable and within regulatory requirements. Makes recommendations for improvements in contamination control or shielding. Reviews inventories of radioactive material or required by New York State. Determines appropriate laboratory posting and assures that posting reflects current radiological status of laboratories.

Supervises the issue of dosimeters for measurement of exposures of staff to radiation. Determines the most suitable dose-measuring device for anticipated exposure. Evaluates or arranges for evaluation of dose-measuring devices. Develops and controls a system of record keeping relating to personnel exposure histories. Advises staff when the maximum permissible dose allowed by law is approached and provides guidance to reduce exposures for both staff and patients

Investigates radiation incidents and supervises decontamination activities. Makes calculations and provides guidance where emergency conditions require exposures that would potentially exceed the regulated limits. Makes all required reports to the State Health Department.

Oversees procurement of isotopes including the ascertaining that the researcher is competent to use isotopes. Ensures that the University is licensed to possess the material and that the licensed limits are not exceeded. Supervises the disposal of radioactive waste in accordance with applicable regulations. Conducts training sessions in radiation safety and safe use of radioactive material for investigators and technicians.

Provides guidance on design of radiation facilities including the review of plans for new or modification of existing radiation facilities for adequacy of radiological protection.

Ensures the radiation safety program is in compliance with applicable Federal, State and local regulations.


M.S. degree in Health Physics and 2-4 years relevant experience in the health physics field or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Licensed as a Medical Physicists as recognized by the New York State Department of Health.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Health Physicist

Location: Central Administration

Job ID: 198908

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time