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Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Health Physicist I- Radiation Safety, Full-time, Days in Chicago, Illinois

The _Health Physicist I_ reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The _Health Physicist I,_ under the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer, assists in the development, implementation, coordination, evaluation and continuous improvement of the radiation and laser safety programs. Responsibilities include general surveillance of overall activities and areas in which radioactive materials/radiation sources and laser equipment are used, supporting compliance with rules and regulations, authorized users and research projects approval as specified by the Radiation Safety Officer or Radiation Safety Committee, consultation on radiation protection with department radiation safety liaisons, determination of need and evaluation of personnel monitoring, and implementation of instructional programs on safe procedures in the use of radiation sources.


  • Under the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer, the Health Physicist I will assist in the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the radioactive material management programs in all areas of the hospital

  • Promotes departmental goals in the protection of employees, staff, physicians, students, guests, and visitors

  • Provide radiation safety training for occupational radiation workers

  • Help maintain databases within the department

  • Have proficiency in the use of meters and instrumentation used in the departments

  • Perform surveys and wipe tests of all laboratories using radioactive materials in accordance with the Radioactive Materials License

  • Perform radiological or environmental surveys as required or as directed by the Radiation Safety Officer

  • Radiation safety functions related to radiopharmaceutical therapies performed on patients

  • Monitor all intercavitary of interstitial implant patients and high dose therapy patients

  • Ensure bioassays of personnel are completed in accordance with the Radioactive Materials License

  • Work with other departments in the hospital to ensure radiation safety compliance

  • Maintains the meter calibration program under the direction of the RSO

  • Collect, inventory, and prepare for removal of all radioactive waste generated

  • Receive and distribute all incoming radioactive materials

  • Perform quarterly sealed source inventory and semi-annual leak testing

  • Participates regulatory processes, surveys, inspections, as directed (IEMA, OSHA, DOT, NRC, OIG, DOE, EPA, etc)

  • Supports emergency response and participates in drills and actual incidents including those that might occur after hours or on the weekends

  • Aides in the lead apron and lead waste programs

_Additional responsibilities_

  • Assist Health Physicist II & Health Physicist III with preparation and shipment of radioactive materials and radioactive waste with approved vendors

  • Assist in any radioactive spill in clean and decontamination

  • Provides Radiation Safety Officer regulatory paperwork for review and maintains its organization

  • Assists the Laser Safety Officer with the laser safety program, inspections, and training laser users

  • Assist Health Physicist II & Health Physicist III with decontamination and containment of all radioactive spills

  • Perform routine checks to ensure the operability of the liquid scintillation counter and auto gamma counter

  • Assist the Radiation Safety Officer, Health Physicist II, and Health Physicist III as needed

_Working Conditions_:

The Radiation Safety Department is responsible for overseeing the Radiation Safety Program and regulatory functions for the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Radioactive Materials License. This involves traveling to Northwestern Medicine hospitals throughout the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare system. Health Physicist I has a primary reporting location of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but all health physicists will also be expected to travel to off-sites to support health physics services.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Radiological Health, Health Physics, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Physics or related field

  • 3 years working in a radiology modality or equivalent experience in medical radiation safety in a large hospital or academic medical center

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills

  • Must be able to move and load equipment and shielding (up to 50 lbs) and transfer it to locations throughout the hospital/campus

  • Ability to lift 10 lbs routinely, and to stand for 3 hours

  • Strong organizational, communications, teaching and writing skills

  • Identifies quality issues to be addressed and brings to the attention of the Radiation Safety Officer as appropriate

  • Assists in the design and implementation of process improvements

  • Collects and monitors data for key quality indicators and process improvement plans

  • Able to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA or PAPR) or other appropriate respiratory equipment as required.

  • Observe work practices and review written policies and procedures

  • Demonstrate good body mechanics for lifting


  • National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologist: (NRRPT)

  • Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO) or previous laser safety experience

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.