Berkeley Lab's Environment, Health, & Safety Division has an opening for an Radiation Control Technician responsible for providing radiological support activities related to radiation safety, radiation measurement, and radioisotope material handling to implement Berkeley Lab's Radiation Protection Program ensuring safe and compliant radiation protection per the Radiation Protection Group's (RPGs) policies and procedures. This position will be filled at a level II or III, dependent on experience.
Perform routine and complex radiological surveys, sample collection, and analysis (radiation contamination, and airborne radioactive) of laboratory, construction areas, remediation sites and other work areas and generate associated documents, reports and audits in support of assigned area(s).
Perform release surveys of materials, equipment and property from areas controlled for radiological purposes to uncontrolled areas.
Evaluate radiological conditions within various types of facilities, and work locations to support the development of radiological work authorization, work plans, survey plans radiological work controls, general laboratory duties, and waste management activities (technical work documents).
Post/label areas and items controlled for radiological purposes.
Conduct and/or support assessments, audits, investigations, and other measures needed regarding radiological corrective actions and incidents/emergencies.
Respond to contaminated personnel/areas and other radiological incidents and emergencies.
Assist in the planning of radiological work activities.
Provide advanced radiological support during preparation, packaging, and shipment/transfer of radioactive materials.
Provide advanced radiological support during operation related to Material Control and Accountability, and Nuclear Material Management.
Conduct verification of worker compliance to established standards with regards to radiological and ALARA practices, procedures and policies. Conduct and support training activities.
In addition to the above, Level III - Specific Responsibilities:
Work independently on routine assignments with little or no instruction, applying knowledge, skills, and experience to process and resolve complex health physics situations or problems.
Assist or lead training of other RCT's and may occasionally act as work lead.
Work directly with customers to communicate radiation safety information, clarify radiation protection authorization requirements, and facilitate problem solving, in collaboration with the assigned Health Physicist or technical lead.
Five years of relevant experience in radiation measurement, radioisotope handling or radiation monitoring, or a combination of experience and education in the field of radiation protection/health physics with at least one year as a DOE-qualified radiation control technician (RCT).
Ability to achieve and maintain status as a DOE-qualified radiation control technician (RCT).
Demonstrated understanding and application of advanced principles of radiation safety (e.g. monitoring and radioisotope identification) and radiation measurement and radioisotope handling.
Good written, oral communication and computer skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a variety of individuals.
Ability to utilize complex and varied instrumentation and equipment to perform surveys, collect samples and analyses of samples, including mechanical and hand tools as needed.
Must be able to perform physical requirements of the position including: approx. 2 hours per day sitting, approx. 4 hours per day of standing and/or walking. 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. Must be able to routinely lift and carry up to 40 lbs. Must be able to perform the physical aspects of radiological surveys including some routine squatting, kneeling, climbing, bending, and twisting. Swipe and meter operations require up to 2 hours per day of reaching
In addition to the above, Level III - Required Qualifications:
Ten years of relevant experience in radiation measurement, radioisotope handling and radiation monitoring, or a combination of experience and education in the field of radiation protection/health physics with at least 3 years are as a DOE qualified Radiation Control Technician (RCT)/ Health Physic Technician (HPT) / Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT), or equivalent.
Demonstrated full and comprehensive understanding and application of specialized principles of radiation safety (e.g. monitoring and radioisotope identification), radiation measurement and radioisotope handling.
Previous experience developing and providing technical advice, instructions, developing and preparing operational and quality assurance procedures, and other services for the purpose of achieving radiation safety.
Demonstrated ability to work independently given broad and general program/project directions as well as in collaboration with technical authorities and Subject Matter Experts (SME's).
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration please apply by the close of business December 20, 2017.
This is a career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Classification (level II or III) will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
Salary Range: Level II $26.52 - $38.60 hourly and Level III $29.29 - $42.96 hourly.
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 be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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