Assistant Director, Health Physics, 40hpw, Day, BWH Health Physics

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POST DATE 1/18/2020
END DATE 2/20/2020

Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Reporting to the Director Health Physics/Radiation Safety Officer, the Assistant Director, Health Physics plays a key role in program development and implementation of procedures and processes for the Brigham Health, Health Physics Department. The Health PhysicsDepartment establishes radiation safety standards to ensure the health and safety of personnel who work with or who may be exposed to radiation either as a patient, or as a member of the general public or due to their job function as hospital staff. The Assistant Director, Health Physics integrates regulatory requirements and best practices with results from field observations into programmatic actions that ensure radiation exposure to staff members, members of the public and to the environment are as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA.)

The Assistant Director, Health Physics works as an integral part of the Health Physics team and communicates regularly with each member of the Health Physics staff and as well as members of the hospital staff in clinical and research areas.

* Writing and implementing procedures and policies for standard practices in a wide range of Health Physics Program elements.

* Performing radiological safety evaluations and assessments. Program elements include radiation safety for lasers , UV light, x-ray radiation safety, research and clinical use of radionuclides, radiation dose and risk assessment, emergency preparedness/response and recordkeeping.

* Responsible for development and implementation of hazard evaluation and authorization programs for laser, x-ray devices, and radioactive material usage in research and clinical settings. Reviewing new or proposed processes, facilities or procedures to ensure radiation hazards are minimized and compliant with applicable laws, regulations and policies.

* Works within and outside the department to solicit feedback and input on program practices to improve compliance, efficiency and ease of implementation.

* Responsible for specific program elements with oversight of Laser Safety and X-ray Safety Programs including training and hazard evaluation process. Perform and document radiation protection walkthroughs, assessments, surveys and inspections.

* Perform radiation shielding calculations and shielding design reports.

* Perform radiation dose estimates pertaining to occupational workers and patients, including fetal dose estimates.

* Act as a lead evaluator or auditor pertaining to either ionizing or non-ionizing radiation hazards and usage.

* Provide advice, consultation and training regarding the safe use of non-ionizing radiation (lasers and UV) and machine-produced radiation in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations, best practices and appropriate hospital policies and procedures.

* Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of state and federal regulations with regard to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation relating to an academic and medical environment. Research proposed standards and regulations to inform management of pending changes. Perform literature searches and review of periodicals on current radiological issues. Maintain continuing education credits for applicable board certifications.

* Responsible for development, implementation and day-to-day maintenance of HP Assist database to include data entry, programing and data output design

* Completes special projects as assigned.

* Advanced degree in Physics, Radiation Sciences or Health Physics, or board certification by the American Board of Health Physics or National Registry of Radiological Professionals.

* Eligibility to become a certified Laser Safety Officer.

* Candidate must have at least eight years of professional-level work experience in medical health physics or medical radiation safety environment, with responsibilities involving machine-produced radiation (laser and x-ray), diagnostic and therapeutic use of radionuclides. The candidate will have demonstrated competencies where they have successfully worked with multiple disciplines and a variety of organizational sizes with varying skill sets.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

* Healthcare and/or laboratory setting experience are preferred.

* Solid computer literacy, proficiency in HP Assist and Microsoft Office suite in a Windows environment.

* Strong management and team building skills.

* Forward thinking, results oriented leadership skills.

* Ability to multi-task, prioritize and follow through, manage multiple responsibilities, often under time pressures.

* Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).

* Proficient in using computer software applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe.

* Ability to understand complex organizations.

* Ability to work independently, with all levels, and within a strong team environment.

* Ability to function independently and effectively.

* As assistant Director, Health Physics, be thoroughly familiar with applicable state, federal, local regulations and healthcare industry standards.

* Ability to perform, interpret and communicate internal and external dosimetry calculations and measurements.

Brigham and Womens Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.