Reporting to, and under the supervision of, the Radiation Safety Officer for Clinical Programs, the Associate Health Physicist is responsible for routine health physics functions and duties relating to the implementation of radiation safety programs and the Environmental Health and Safety departmental mission. This position provides radiological and related support services to a variety of local and off-site Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork Presbyterian Hospital facilities.
Assisting the Health Physicist, Senior Health Physicist, and Deputy Radiation Safety Officer;
Providing health physics support for diagnostic and therapeutic administration of 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;
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;
Conducting inspections of radiation-protective equipment, including fixtures, devices, and personal protective equipment under supervision;
Reviewing and interpreting radiation protection audit/survey/inspection results and recommending corrective and preventative actions;
Maintaining inventories of radiation detection instruments, sealed source radioactive materials, and radiation emitting devices;
Performing and documenting receipt surveys of incoming radioactive material shipments;
Performing surveys and decontamination of radioactive material use areas;
Responding to radioactive material spills and other radiation emergencies;
Collecting, surveying, and processing of radioactive material waste;
Preparing and generating routine reports;
Measuring and documenting radiation levels around patients receiving therapeutic treatments;
Performing appropriate surveys for clinical x-ray producing equipment, including x-ray irradiators, radiographic, or fluoroscopic equipment for human use; and
Following and enforcing HIPAA regulations;
Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelorâ€™s degree in physical, biological or other related science (or equivalent in education, experience and training) plus demonstrated two (2) yearsâ€™ experience in a related field. Certification in Radiography and/or Nuclear Medicine Technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or certification by the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT) a plus. 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 know-ledge 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.
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