Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: T0005 / Health Physicist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, oversees training and monitoring programs designed to protect plant, laboratory, and other personnel from radiation hazards. Participates with others in monitoring the organization's radiation protection standards in accordance with state, federal, and industry programs. Evaluates and interprets current regulations to ensure compliance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the daily operations of a radiation safety program to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state, and federal agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).
  2. Advises the university community regarding radiation safety protocols and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by the relevant local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
  3. Provides technical assistance and guidance on radiological control problems; advises permit holders on radioactive material inventory problems, shielding designs, waste handling procedures, dosimetry, and licensing requirements.
  4. Evaluates, collects, prepares, and inventories radioactive materials and/or hazardous chemicals for transport and disposal.
  5. Responds to emergency situations involving hazardous materials, radiation, or fire and smoke incidents; prepares reports of findings and submits recommendations.
  6. Evaluates, inventories, and tests sealed sources of radioactive materials.
  7. Monitors and instructs medical patients receiving exposure to hazardous substances during treatment procedures.
  8. Conducts research to determine appropriate university policies and procedures which include inspection standards, safe work methods, decontamination procedures, and radiological emergency procedures.
  9. Participates in the development, review, and implementation of radiation materials disposal protocols and procedures.
  10. Serves as a primary liaison between the university community and appropriate regulatory agencies within area of specialty.
  11. Leads and guides the work of environmental health and safety technicians.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of transport and disposal procedures for safe handling of hazardous chemicals and/or radioactive materials.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of radiation safety procedures, standards, and protocols.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols.
  • Knowledge of radioactive materials inventory control, shielding designs, waste handling procedures, dosimetry, and/or licensing requirements.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Ability to calibrate and operate radiation detection instruments.
  • Skill in developing safety procedures and protocols.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017