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Health Physicist 2

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
life insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, retirement plan
United States, Tennessee, Oak Ridge
1299 Bethel Valley Road (Show on map)
February 28, 2024

Health Physicist 2
Job Locations

US-TN-Oak Ridge


Science & Engineering


Appointment Type: Full-Time Regular

Location: Oak Ridge, TN

*Salary Range: $79,996.80 - $111,280.00

PURPOSE: This position serves as a multi-disciplined specialist assigned to support the health physics program. Assigned responsibilities will require the application of job related experience and/or education to provide significant and comprehensive programmatic project support. This position will provide program managers with an extensive source of knowledge and experience essential to successful project completion.


    Perform field sampling and radiation survey activities at domestic and international sites.
  • Travel averages one week per month, but can increase significantly during busy periods and can span multiple weeks at a time.
  • Prepare formal planning and reporting documentation including data quality objective development, survey and sampling design as described in the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) and radiological data analysis and interpretation.
  • Maintain all ORAU required and project-specific training and be able to work independently in the office and at field sites after procedure sign-offs are complete.
  • Maintain radiation survey instrumentation including maintenance, calibration, and troubleshooting, preparing equipment for survey trips and equipment room maintenance.
  • Support technical projects:
    • Use of off-the-shelf computer software such as VSP, RESRAD, MCNP, and MicroShield.
    • Creating and quality control of calculations (e.g., spreadsheets).
    • General quality assurance activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Health Physics, Radiation Science, Environmental Health, Science, Engineering or related degree and 2-4 years of job related experience.

Knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Experience in Health Physics and/or Radiation Safety is required.
  • Preferred experience includes:
    • Development of project planning documents, reports, procedures, etc.
    • Perform day-to-day interaction with customers, regulators and management.
    • Review analytical data for adequacy and accuracy.
  • Experience working on field sites performing survey and sampling activities in Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D)
  • Experience providing guidance and direction to field personnel.
  • Directly related experience performing duties involving:
    • Field and laboratory radiological instrumentation.
    • Radiation detection techniques.
    • Basic radiation protection.
    • Basic statistical analysis.
    • Detection system troubleshooting.
    • Radiological instrument calibration.
  • Experience in electronics, health physics or a related field, radiation protection fundamentals, and technical or scientific writing.
  • Knowledge of radiation simulation codes such as RESRAD, MCNP, MicroShield, etc. to design shielding, calculate detector efficiencies, estimate radiological dose, etc.
  • Effective communications skills.

*The candidate's starting salary will be determined upon hire and ORAU will use salary survey data, internal comparators, and the candidate's qualifications to determine salary.

ORAU has a strategic approach to providing total rewards to employees through a fair, equitable, and competitive total compensation package. The goal of our total rewards system is to integrate compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance, recognition, development, and career opportunities to attract, engage, and retain the talent required to achieve ORAU's business objectives. The benefit component of our total rewards program supports business goals by offering the following benefits based on employee eligibility:

  • Legally required benefits
  • Group Health insurance including: Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision
  • Retirement plan contribution matching
  • Disability insurance
  • Group life insurance
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Section 125 reimbursement accounts
  • Other voluntary employee paid benefit and insurance offerings

The ORAU total reward package also promotes work-life balance. Mindful of the need for employees to care for themselves and their families, ORAU offers the following additional work-life benefits based on employee eligibility:

  • Telework
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible work schedules or compressed work weeks
  • Occupational Health and Wellness Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program

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