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Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) mission is to partner with the VUMC/VU community to facilitate and promote safety, health and environmental protection. VEHS accomplishes this task by providing expertise in the following EH&S technical disciplines: radiation safety; occupational safety, emergency preparedness; industrial hygiene; fire and life safety; training; hazardous materials management; and biological safety.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) department provides Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) with the necessary consultation and technical resources to support regulatory and accreditation compliance efforts in the areas of safety, and health. VEHS also provides consultative and safety support services to Vanderbilt University (VU) on a contractual basis.
To provide health physics support for clinical and research activities at VUMC and VU involving ionizing radiation.
Major Duties and Responsibilities :
Provide health physics support for radiation therapy patient program
Lead the decontamination of radiation therapy rooms
Perform audits of clinical and research areas
Review research protocols and perform hazard assessment for these protocols
Assist with radiation safety databases
Develop standard operating procedures for health physics activities
Develop and deliver radiation safety-related training as needed
Assist with the radiation dosimetry monitoring program
Assist with X-ray inspection program
Assist with the radioactive waste program
Other duties as assigned
No direct reports. Indirect supervision of technicians, students, and consultants.
Frequent contact with all levels of administration, faculty, and staff including the presentation of information where detailed explanation is required to obtain cooperation.
Frequent contact with consultants and vendors.
Frequent contact with patients and students.
Be able to lift 50 lbs. Ability to pass respirator fit-testing requirements.
Persons in this position will frequent areas where potential exposure to biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, and ionizing radiation may occur. Some work outside normal business hours will be required on occasion.
A Bachelor's degree in health physics, physics, chemistry, biology, or a related field and two years direct experience in health physics or a Master's degree in health physics, physics, chemistry, biology, or a related field.
Experience should be in a research university, healthcare, or similar setting.
Equivalent combination of experience and education accepted.
Ability to obtain certification from the American Board of Health Physics.
Job related skills:
Applicant must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills for effective report writing, training, and consulting.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.