Health Physicist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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We have an opening in the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Directorate for a Health Physicist to provide comprehensive health physics (HP) support for various LLNL program activities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).  This position will also provide basic support in the areas of industrial hygiene (IH) and industrial safety (IS).  Working as part of the Joint Laboratory Office Nevada (JLON) team, you will interact with all levels of personnel and management from the ES&H Directorate, LLNL programs, NNSS Management & Operating Contractor counterparts and external regulatory agencies.

This position will be filled at either the TSS.2 or TSS.3 level, depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Meet requirements for and maintain qualification to perform as an LLNL health physicist at NNSS.
- Engage with LLNL program personnel to understand radiological activities and ensure the Radiation Protection Program is effectively implemented. Assess hazards and ensure appropriate controls are identified, adequately documented, and communicated. Monitor changes and routine operations by performing regular field visits and facility inspections to assure continued adequacy of controls. Update and clearly communicate needed changes to affected personnel.
- Support interactions with LLNL workers and management, NNSS support personnel, other organizations and Department of Energy (DOE) staff.  
- Review and make necessary updates/recommendations to Facility Safety Plans, Work Control Documents, Radiological Work Permits, Safety Analysis Reports, Engineering Designs, ES&H submittals and other technical documents in collaboration with program management and other support organizations.
- Review personnel, area, and other monitoring data and take timely actions to address emerging issues. Participate in incident investigations and emergency response support to incidents on site.
- Participate in multi-organizational activities and forums such as internal audits, and the NNSS Radiological Control Council and ALARA Committee.  
- Acquire and maintain basic IH/IS knowledge to support program personnel where needed. Reach back to IH/IS SMEs at the home lab as necessary for additional guidance and directions.   
- As directed, provide safety briefings and training to program customers, develop and present safety courses. Provide feedback to management regarding the effectiveness of the HP/IH/IS program implementation.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the TSS.3 Level
- Represent the LLNL radiological control organization in all interactions with LLNL workers and management, NNSS support personnel, other organizations and DOE staff. May act as the LLNL Radiological Control Manager for NNSS.
- Lead active efforts to ensure the Essential Duties listed above are performed timely and as planned. Lead audits and assessments, as applicable. Mentor lesser experienced personnel.
- Respond to radiological emergencies and incidents on site, lead investigations for incidents or accidents involving radiation and make recommendations to all levels of management to prevent recurrence; provide HP solutions during assessments, inspections and site verifications by internal and external agencies.

- Bachelors degree in Health Physics, or another related technical area, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and ability to perform independent work.
- Experience in HP or a related field with knowledge of related state and federal regulations and other consensus standards.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively write, present, explain and communicate moderately complex information to all levels of personnel.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people and organizations, managing moderately-complex to complex projects and meeting schedules.
- Analytical and computational skills including experience with computer systems, databases, and software, including Microsoft Office (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
- Ability to negotiate, recommend, and implement solutions for moderately complex problems.
- Effective organizational skills with detail orientation necessary to coordinate multiple and frequently conflicting concurrent tasks in an environment with frequent interruptions while providing high-level customer service and good follow-through.
- Ability to become medically qualified to wear respiratory protection equipment and to secure and maintain certification in the Human Reliability Program (HRP) which includes polygraph examination, physical and psychological assessment, and random drug and alcohol testing.

In Addition, at the TSS.3 Level
- Significant experience leading independent HP work, conducting hazard analysis, evaluating 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 standards.
- 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, including regulatory agencies and key stakeholders. Ability to negotiate, recommend and implement solutions to highly complex problems.

Desired Qualifications
- Masters degree in Health Physics, or another related technical area and/or certification by the American Board of Health Physics.
- Knowledge and experience with DOE operations and transuranic isotopes.
- Knowledge and experience in Industrial Hygiene and/or Industrial Safety.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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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