Health Physicist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Health Physicist to join their Environment, Waste, and Radiation Protection (EWRP) Department in the Environment, Health, & Safety Division ( ). In this role, you will provide technical health physics support to scientists, engineers and operations personnel using radioactive materials and radiation generating devices at the Lab. Additionally, this role will provide continuous improvement and maintenance of radiation protection technical programs to ensure Berkeley Lab’s radiation protection programs meet all regulatory requirements and are effectively implemented.

What You Will Do:

Provide guidance, direction and recommendations to scientific research and operations personnel regarding effective and compliant implementation of radiation protection policies, programs, procedures, permits, work control documents and regulatory requirements.

Analyze, interpret and recommend radiological safety engineering and ALARA concepts required to maintain a safe workplace for employees performing radiological work.

Perform radiological hazard reviews, ALARA reviews and evaluate work plans to develop safety controls to establish safe work environments.

Respond to, investigate, and report on-site radiological emergencies and incidents.

Develop and deliver training to Lab personnel.

Perform observations of experiments and work activities to ensure safe work practices and compliance with radiation protection policies, programs, procedures, permits, work control documents and regulatory requirements.

Develop and maintain close relationships with Laboratory personnel, anticipating their needs and supporting planning and implementing their objectives by furnishing radiation protection input.

Develop and maintain technical program documentation, software and hardware in subject areas assigned ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and standards.

Evaluate performance of assigned technical programs to identify potential improvements.

Compile and submit regulatory reports, requests for information and other regulatory information as assigned.

Act as point of contact with regulatory agencies for assigned technical programs.

Review federal, state and local laws, pertaining to radiation protection, to identify changes regarding statutes and rulings.

Review and analyze the results of radiation protection surveys or inspections to ensure quality, procedural compliance, and best practices.

What is Required:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Health Physics or Radiological Engineering or a closely related field and a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of federal regulatory requirements for the management of radioactive materials and radiation generating devices.

Knowledge of standard operational health physics theories, principles and practices.

Proven record of providing technical advice, guidance, and leadership on small projects.

Ability to anticipate programmatic needs and assist in planning and implementing improvements and responses to regulatory changes in collaboration with other personnel.

Demonstrated computer literacy and the ability to apply sound professional and technical judgment to determine appropriate actions.

Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to successfully deliver customer service based technical support with the ability to establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with a variety of personnel at all levels of an organization.

Must be able to successfully pass a routine medical examination and applicable training, including Radiological Control Technician qualification, Respirator Fit Testing, formal HAZWOPER training, and other related emergency response training.

Must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position, including routinely lifting and transporting 40 lbs, frequently bending and stooping, standing and walking for 4-6 hours per day. Some duties of this position require up to 1 hour per day of the following types of hand use: fine manipulation, keyboard/mouse use, simple and/or power grasping.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced graduate degree in Physics, Health Physics or Radiological Engineering or a closely related field and/or applicable professional certifications.

Knowledge of environment, safety and health principles and theories.

Broad knowledge of operational health physics principles and practices as applied to research establishments.

Knowledge of the Department of Energy (DOE) accelerator safety framework.

Desire to pursue relevant professional and/or technical certification.


This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

Work will primarily be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab is the home of the synchrotron, the 88-Inch Cyclotron, the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator Facility, the Molecular Foundry, the National Center for Electron Microscopy, the Glenn T Seaborg Center and many other facilities of note using radioactive materials or radiation generating devices.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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