Health Physicist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – H – Non-exempt
  • 03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of Physical Plant
Environmental Health and Safety
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a highly motivated Health Physicist to join the Radiation Protection group. With general direction from the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), as part of a team of professionals implementing the University’s comprehensive radiation safety program at all Commonwealth campus locations, except the Hershey Medical Center, the individual will be responsible for oversight and implementation of critical elements of the University radiation safety program to ensure activities involving radiation and radioactive materials are conducted safely and in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and license conditions. The essential functions of this position are: Serve as a contact point and provide health physics support to the research reactor at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center to ensure the safe operation of the reactor and occupational safety of the reactor workers; assist the RSO in developing emergency plan and response procedures for emergencies involving radiation hazards; perform lab and building decommission; manage the University’s indoor radon hazard assessment program including testing, quality assurance, and providing recommended corrective actions necessary to maintain indoor air quality levels in accordance with federal and state guidance; oversee the non-ionizing radiation safety program including electromagnetic field, RF, microwave and UV light by performing non-ionizing radiation safety training, hazard evaluations, and incident investigation; and provide health physics support to research labs including package receiving and delivery, contamination survey, waste collection, dosimetry, record keeping, and radiation hazard assessment. Other assigned duties are also included. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in a Science, Engineering or related discipline plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Preferred qualifications include Master's degree in Health Physics or radiological sciences with health physics oversight in a research reactor. The selected candidate will possess the following characteristics: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to interact professionally and effectively with faculty, staff, administrators, and students; ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member. Conditions of Employment: obtain and maintain “Trustworthy and Reliable” status per Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Radiation Protection requirements. Must possess or be able to achieve a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with hazardous material endorsement within 90 days of hire.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088