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Health Physics Technician I

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Environmental Health and Safety Division is seeking a Health Physics Technician I to join our Radiation Protection team. Members of the Radiation Protection team are responsible for supporting all aspects of radiological designs and operations in support of the mission of SLAC, including SLAC's Laser Safety program. Working under direct supervision and/or guidance from qualified Health Physics Technicians, you will be responsible for performing a wide variety of health physics support duties. In order to be effective you will apply radiation detection principles, knowledge of regulatory requirements and proficiency in one or more of the following areas: radioactive material activation and contamination surveys, shipping determinations, area radiation monitoring, radiological work control development, gamma spectroscopy and liquid scintillation. Assignments normally require study and analysis of various courses of action. 

The Health Physics Technician I is an entry level position in the HPT job series. You are expected to complete the HPT training program elements to become a fully qualified HPT III within one year of hire. You will be expected to perform work assignments on tasks in which you have been trained. You will also work with other environmental health and safety staff, scientists, experimental users, engineers and technicians, as well as other Radiation Protection partners, and outside vendors/contractors in order to fulfill program and regulatory requirements safely, efficiently, and in a timely manner.

This position reports to the Radiation Protection Field Operations Group Leader.
SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University and based in Menlo Park, CA. Given the nature of this position, SLAC will require onsite work
Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Complete the necessary elements to qualify as HPT III including training, practical factors, DOE Core Exam, and Oral Board.
  • Conduct and evaluate radiological surveys involving ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination in accelerator, industrial areas, and auxiliary areas, as well as of materials and wastes, by using a wide range of fixed and portable radiation detection instruments.
  • Assist and/or contribute to the development of survey procedures and document surveys using word processing, database and spreadsheet programs.
  • Monitor the work of SLAC personnel involving radiation and radioactive material.
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and policies as well as special field control requirements such as Radiological Work Permit (RWP).
  • Interact with, and provide guidance and support to line personnel to help facilitate radiological safety in the field.
  • Administer radiological training to others in a classroom setting.
  • Provide field support such as prompt radiation surveys, area dosimetry, field sampling, gamma spectroscopy and activities specific to radioactive material, radioactive waste, and disassembly and disposition programs.

- The duties listed above are designed to provide a representative sampling of key tasks and/or responsibilities associated with the job. They are not intended to be a complete list of all the duties performed by employees in the classification.

To be successful in this position you will bring: 
  • Experience in the use of a variety of field and fixed radiation detection equipment 
  • Knowledge of principles of radiation protection, i.e. time, distance and shielding 
  • Experience in data collection, recording, and the importance of accurate record keeping 
  • Demonstrated communication skills both verbal and written. Must be able to interact effectively with other workers, supervisors and managers.
  • Associates degree in Physical Sciences or related fields, or a combination of training and work experience performing duties similar to those listed above.
  • Knowledge of basic engineering or scientific principles, mathematics, physics and related subject matter.
  • Must become qualified to use a wide range of radiological survey instrumentation (e.g., Inovision 450/451, Ludlum 2241 and 3030, Meridian 5085).
  • Be qualified as a Health Physics Technician in accordance with SLAC HPT qualification process.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to comprehend fully and explain the applicable federal, state, and local laws/regulations and internal requirements to field personnel, business partners, regulators, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, independently with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience providing excellent customer support in a respectful, supportive and service-oriented manner.
  • Must be organized and detail oriented and be able to maintain documents and database files.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage workload in support of multiple projects with competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in the use of basic computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point.
  • Proficiency in the use of mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) and remote work tools such as Zoom, Outlook, Adobe E-sign, VPN and remote desktop. 

In addition, preferred requirements include: 
  • Bachelor degree in Health Physics or related field.
  • Previous experience as a DOE Radiological Control Technician.
  • Familiarity with the use and application of gamma spectroscopy instrumentation and liquid scintillation counters.