Health Physicist


: $119,570.00 - $203,320.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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About the Position: This position is a Health Physicist for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, with a duty location in Vandergrift, PA.

This position is being filled under the Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions in accordance with 10 USC 1705(g).
Learn more about this agency Responsibilities
  • Serve as the on-site health physicist at the Shallow Land Disposal Area (SLDA) Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) project for the Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District (LRB).
  • Coordinate health physics activities at the SLDA site and independently assembles, evaluates, and presents technical information to a variety of audiences including internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review and investigate innovative solutions to complex problems that arise on site and whose solutions have programmatic impacts to Buffalo District and National FUSRAP execution.
  • Review and study proposals and plans of radiation protection related documents.
  • Provides technical direction and/or advice to project professionals.
  • Serve as technical expert in the comprehensive practice of health physics, to include environmental remediation and nuclear material control (special nuclear material), and provide technical direction and/or advice to professionals.
  • Independently plans, organizes, and conducts or directs radiation survey of other health physicists, including junior health physicists, within the SLDA site including field measurements, wipe tests, and sending samples for laboratory analyses.
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

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    Conditions of Employment
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • This is a Career Program 12 (CP-12) position and all ACTEDs requirements apply.
  • This is an Army Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (ATandL) Workforce Position. Employees must meet DoDI 5000.66 requirementsapplicable to the duties of the position.
  • Must obtain Facilities Engineering Senior Level III certification within 24 months of appointment.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain secret security clearance.
  • The position requires physical presence at a duty location site contaminated with beryllium. Incumbent is required to demonostrate they are notsensitized to beryllium; a Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation test (BeLPT) is required every 6 months.
  • Qualifications

    Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
  • External Recruitment Military Spouse PreferenceInteragency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Basic Requirement for Health Physicist:
    A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus.
    B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education.
    C. Certification: Certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described in paragraph A.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes advanced principles, concepts, and techniques to detect and measure radiation and in the human body and in the environment; application of radiation related elements of the physical sciences; mathematical calculations for radiation exposure in relation to established radiation standards; and planning, implementing, and operating a radiological protection program; performing non-destructive assay of radioactive materials using gamma spectroscopy, or other methods; applies health physics involving special nuclear material; managing, packaging, manifesting and shipping wastes containing DOT Class 7 and hazardous material; independently assembling, evaluating, and presenting technical information to a variety of audiences including internal and external stakeholders; experience as the radiation safety officer or experience directly working under a RSO for a broad scope license; implementing the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation (MARSSIM) process and knowledge of its application in environmental remediation projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12).

    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Health Physics
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Education

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
    Additional information
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selectees must meet position requirements for certification at Level in the Acquisition Career Field 12 within 24 months of entrance on duty.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 12 -Safety and Occupational Health position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
  • Read more How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your rsum and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your rsum and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience..... click apply for full job details
    Associated topics: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysics, gravitational, heliophysics, nuclear, physics * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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