Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Health Physicist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  ESH and Quality
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 103391
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 2 (TSS.2) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 3 (TSS.3)
Date Posted: February 08 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Health Physicist. You will provide comprehensive health physics (HP) support to various LLNL programs as well as provide support and guidance to other ES&H team members in the area of HP.  This position is in the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Directorate. 

This position will be filled at either the TSS.2 or TSS.3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
 
Essential Duties
-  Provide HP solutions to LLNL programs in specific areas of assignment including but not limited to: establishing appropriate personnel dosimetry, bioassay, and whole-body counting programs and evaluating the results of these monitoring programs; evaluating and providing radiation safety input to safety procedures and to facility, equipment, and shielding designs.
- Anticipate, identify, and evaluate HP-related hazardous conditions and practices to protect personnel from the effects of ionizing radiation through knowledge of engineering and science. Develop, evaluate, and implement policies, procedures, codes, and standards.
- Conduct building inspections to identify and evaluate potential hazards related to HP and provide guidance for analyzing such hazards.
- Provide guidance to LLNL Programs on all matters related to radiation protection.
- Provide feedback to management regarding the effectiveness of the radiation safety program in their areas of responsibility.
- Provide oversight to the health and safety technicians on HP sampling, discipline action plan duties, and program concerns related to health physics; develop HP Discipline Action Plan (DAP) for area(s) assigned.
- Review sample results and make applicable recommendations to the program to control associated hazards.
- Provide selected training in radiation safety to personnel in the assigned area. Develop and present safety courses in HP or related topics.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
 
In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Provide advanced HP solutions for LLNL programs in specific areas of assignment including but not limited to: establish appropriate personnel dosimetry, bioassay, and whole-body counting programs and evaluate the results of these monitoring programs; evaluate and provide radiation safety input to safety procedures and to facility, equipment, and shielding designs, andrepresent the organization as the technical resource on tasks and projects.
- Respond to radiological emergencies and incidents on site, investigate incidents or accidents involving radiation and make recommendations to all levels of management to prevent a reoccurrence; provide HP solutions during audits, inspections and site verifications by internal and external agencies.
- Mentor less experienced personnel.
 
Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics, Radiation Physics, or Radiation Protection or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience in HP or a related field with comprehensive knowledge of related state and federal regulations and other consensus organizations.
- Experience preparing safety plans and technical reports (e.g., FSPs, SARs, DAPs); conducting safety audits and inspections; successfully working potential compliance issues with program customers, and external inspectors and regulators; and providing emergency response and participation in the investigation of incidents or accidents involving radiological hazards. 
- Demonstrated analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend and implement actions/solutions for moderately complex problems.
- Demonstrated effective organizational skills with attention to detail necessary to handle multiple moderately complex tasks in a demanding environment with conflicting priorities, tight and changing deadlines, and frequent interruptions while providing high-level customer service and good follow through.
- Experience working independently and in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people and organizations, managing complex projects, and meeting schedules.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and to present and communicate technical information to all levels of management both internal and external to the Laboratory, including regulatory agencies and key stakeholders.
- Ability to become medically qualified to wear respiratory and protection equipment and ability to secure and maintain certification in the Human Reliability Program (HRP) which includes:  polygraph examination; and physical and psychological assessment; and random drug and alcohol testing.
 
In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Significant experience leading independent HP work and training, conducting gap analysis, reviewing new health and safety standards, and providing technical direction/leadership to health and safety staff on HP related matters, and providing emergency response and participation in the investigation of incidents or accidents involving radiological hazards.   
- Advanced experience in HP or a related field with thorough knowledge of related state and federal regulations and other consensus organizations.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and to present and communicate technical information to all levels of management both internal and external to the Laboratory, including regulatory agencies and key stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to negotiate, recommend and implement solutions to highly complex problems.
 
Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Health Physics, or another closely-related technical area.
- Certification by the American Board of Health Physics.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.
 

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

 

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

 

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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