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  • Role title

    Trainee Physicist

  • Department


  • Key direct reports

    Head of Department

  • Grade

    Trainee Physicist

  • Salary

    €26,960 - €28,209

  • Job reference number


  • Enquiries to

    Dr. Lorna Sweetman, Principal Physicist, Medical Physics and Bioengineering Department. Phone: 01 428 4667. Email: 

  • Closing date


  • Post Type

    Temporary, Full Time & Pensionable

  • Annual leave per annum

    20 Days

  • Period of notice

    1 month's notice

  • Normal working hours

    37 hours per week

  • Rostered hours

    You will be required to work the agreed roster/on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8.00am - 8.00pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.

  • The Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering supports health care professionals in the application of the physical sciences and technology to patient care. Activities undertaken by the Department include Scientific and Engineering support, Equipment Management, Quality Assurance, Research & Development, Teaching and Training.

    The Quality Assurance and External Services (QAES) group provides Radiation Protection Advisory (RPA), Medical Physics Expert (MPE) and medical physics services for diagnostic X-ray and nuclear medicine to various HSE hospitals and dental services in the Leinster area.

    Members of the Department are closely involved in post-graduate training programmes for both graduate and technical staff. This vibrant, dynamic, high technology orientated Department strives to provide a team approach to project management and problem solving.

  • This is a supernumerary position for the purpose of providing structured training in diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation protection. While the holder of the post will be supervised and provided with mentors, they will be expected to manage their own time and, in the context of assigned projects, they will be expected to exercise initiative and independence. The holder of the post will be assessed and given feedback on a continuous basis during the two year training period and expected to sit the examination for the European Diploma in Medical Physics at the completion of training.

    1. The holder of the post:

    a) Will be a member of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering (MPBE).

    b) Will report to the Head of Department, within the framework of the management structure adopted by the MPBE Department.

    c) Will work to the requirements the Department’s Quality Management System and contribute to its continual improvement.

    d) Will work at St. James’s Hospital (2 days/week) and in locations where services are provided by the QAES group (3 days/week).

    2. Within the framework of 1 above, the holder of the post will, while working under supervision, develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the areas set out below to a standard consistent with good professional practice:

    a) Scientific and technical support in Nuclear Medicine, Radiopharmacy, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Protection services.

    b) Analysis of computer generated data in Medical Imaging and other areas, and presentation in a form suitable for clinical interpretation.

    c) Research, Development and Innovation.

    d) The support of medical, nursing and other allied health staff in the application of technology and matters pertaining to quality, safety and the interpretation of data from diagnostic systems.

    e) The development, establishment, and supervision of the protocols required to ensure the day to day scientific and technical quality of all relevant instruments and procedures.

    f) Formulating advice on the maintenance arrangements to be employed for imaging equipment as appropriate.

    g) The planning, development, equipping, commissioning and operation of diagnostic X-ray and nuclear medicine services.

    3. Participate, as required, in training / education programmes for medical, nursing, scientific, technical and other allied health personnel.

    4. Ensure his/her knowledge and skills are kept up to date by participation in a suitable range professional development programmes and continuing education activities.

    5. The trainee may, from time to time, be required to attend training or educational events in other locations. Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed in line with HSE circulars.

    6. Participate, as required, in the management structures adopted by the Department.

    The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

  • Each candidate must on the latest date for receipt of curriculum vitae hold the following minimum qualifications:

    1. An Honours Bachelor’s degree of a recognised university in Physics, Engineering, or a cognate discipline or a recognised qualification that is at least equivalent


    2. A Master’s degree in Medical Physics or equivalent

  • Each candidate must on the latest date for receipt of curriculum vitae hold the following minimum qualifications:

    1. An Honours Bachelor’s degree of a recognised university in Physics, Engineering, or a cognate discipline or a recognised qualification that is at least equivalent


    2. A Master’s degree in Medical Physics or equivalent

    • The Standard Application Form (SAF) is available to download on this page.
    • Alternatively, please contact the Human Resources for an application form, Phone: (01) 416 2559 or Email:  
    • Please note closing date above for receipt of completed application forms.
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Curriculum vitaes (CVs) will not be accepted.
  • A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. Your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available. Nursing and other general staff will be required to self-assess their proficiency level in the Standard Application Form.

    1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
    2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years.
    3. All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
    4. In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
    5. St James's Hospital is a tobacco free Campus. The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is not permitted within the hospital buildings or on the grounds.
  • In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

  • A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

  • It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

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    • Application Process
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided
    • Interview Process
    • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the Selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to Reference Checking X 2, Self-Declaration, Garda Clearance and Occupational Health Screening (Questionnaire)

    St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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