Health Physicist

Department of Defense Buffalo, NY
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

About the Position: This position is for a Health Physicist with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District located in Buffalo, New York. The position may be filled at the GS-11 or the GS-12 grade level.

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* Serves under the general supervisor of the Chief, Environmental Health Section, responsible for planning, designing and carrying out programs, projects, studies, or other work independently.

* Provide expertise in the broad practice health physics by furnishing advisory, planning or reviewing services on specific problems or programs.

* Provides technical expertise and interface for complex health physics activities, highly specialized sampling and analysis, design review to be performed.

* Plans, organizes, and conducts or directs radiation surveys.

* Reviews and interprets radiation data and test results.

* Performs comprehensive risk assessments associated with Hazardous, Toxicand Radioactive Waste.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel 30% of the time or more may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1306 Health Physics

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

* This is a (Career Program) CP-12 position (Health Physicist) - all ACTEDS requirements apply.


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.

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

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

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:

For the GS-11: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes using radiation detection equipment to perform surveys, recording results and creating reports. Implementing radiological controls, principals, general concepts, and techniques to detect and measure radiation in the environment. Experience in physical sciences, mathematical calculations for radiation exposure, planning and implementing radiation protection procedures and adherence to standards. Reviewing radiation related documentation including scopes of work, work plans, reports and technical documentation to assure completeness and offer comments to improve the technical quality of reviewed documents. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: [insert applicable field(s) of study].


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

For the GS-12: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes work of a Health Physicist in using advanced principles, concepts, and techniques to detect and measure radiation and its source in the human body and in the environment. Experience in 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.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-11.

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

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.


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: