Health Physics Technician 1

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Stanford, CALIFORNIA

This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

Union Representation: This position is represented by SEIU Higher Education Workers Local 2007.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at Stanford University is the principal health and safety office at Stanford University. We support and advance the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment. Our mission is to provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship. We are comprised of 9 technical groups with more than 50 specialists who work in the field with top researchers, faculty, staff, and students to support the mission and research of Stanford University. The work environment is team-oriented, collaborative, deadline-driven, and dynamic.

In addition to providing routine EH&S program services, our staff provides support as needed during university emergencies. All EH&S staff are to comply with governmental regulations and University policies and procedures regarding health and safety and are expected to serve as strong models and advocates for research health and safety. 

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people. 
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.  
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.


Stanford University’s Radiation Safety program, managed by the Health Physics (HP) group in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, facilitates the safe use of ionizing radiation and radiation producing devices to protect its users and the public. These radio-chemicals and devices are used in research and clinical settings, such as when conducting research in a laboratory or providing treatment to patients.
Working under general supervision, the Health Physics Technician 1 administers and implements technical and operational functions of radiation safety programs to meet safety requirements and provides a wide variety of health physics support duties, both electrical and mechanical in nature, to protect against radiation exposure. You will perform program duties focused on routine radiation surveys in research and medical facilities, material use inspections, data gathering, establishment of control measures, patient room preparation for contamination control and decontamination of the same rooms after use, and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. 


  • Works under direct supervision or guidance from qualified Health Physics Technicians.
  • May perform some assignments after receiving documented Health Physics training. The work documents are countersigned by a qualified Health Physics Technician and reviewed by the supervisor or Lead HPT.
  • A significant portion of job responsibilities will center on completing Health Physics training program elements required by 10 CFR 835.
  • Expected to fulfill all Radiological Worker I, Radiological Worker II, DOE Core academics and specified aspects of the Health Physics Technician II training. Following training and testing, the recurring, routine technical work is reviewed only for conformance to specification. 


  • Conduct radiological measurements of material and waste removed from Radiological Material Management Area (RMMAs) to determine residual radioactivity content.
  • HPT I may not sign to release material from radiological control. Only a HPT II or higher may independently sign this release.
  • Use fixed and portable radiation detection equipment to characterize material and waste samples prior to release.
  • Assist and/or conduct area radiation survey measurements to determine dose levels and potential loose radioactive contamination levels; the level assignment is dependent on the training received. Documentation of the surveys must have an HPT II or higher review and signature.
  • Assist higher level technicians in posting of radiological areas.
  • Assist in radiological work coverage.
  • Attend all required training, independently study required material, complete work assignments, and prepare for practical and written examinations.
  • Exercise "Stop Work" authority for radiologically unsafe workers or working conditions

Education & Experience:
High School diploma or experience in related subject matter equivalent to the technical and mathematical content of a two-year vocational or trade-oriented curriculum, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in the use of a variety of field and fixed radiation detection equipment.
  • Knowledge of principles of radiation protection, i.e., time, distance, and shielding.
  • Experience in data collection, recording, and the importance of accurate record keeping.
  • Completion of all required training and testing requirements.
  • Demonstrated communication skills both verbal and written. Must be able to interact effectively with other workers, supervisors, and managers.
  • Must have basic computer skills in office software such as MS Word, Excel, and email applications.

Certifications and Licenses:
Must possess and maintain a valid California Non-commercial Class C Driver’s License.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class license. May be required to drive during day/night-time.
  • Frequently perform seated work, perform desk-based computer tasks, stand/walk, light/fine grasping (tools/files), lift/carry/push/pull object up to 10 lbs., Operate Foot and/or hand controls.
  • Differentiate radiological postings and be able to hear and see alarms and meter outputs.
  • Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat/reach/work above shoulders, and lift/carry/push/pull object up to 11-20 pounds. use a telephone, write by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely climb (ladder, scaffolds, or other), kneel/crawl, grasp forcefully, and lift/carry/push/pull object up to 21-40 pounds. May be required to pass respirator medical exam.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May be required to work overtime, evenings, and weekends, including Holidays, sometimes in inclement weather conditions.
  • May be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May be exposed to allergens, Biohazards, chemicals, asbestos, temperature extremes, heavy metals.
  • May be required to work in confined spaces, occasionally work at height 4-10 feet and rarely work at heights >10 feet.
  • Required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

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  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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