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Department of Civil Service Announces
Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

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This is an Archived Announcement.
The application filing date has passed.

Written Test To Be Held

JUNE 5, 2004

Applications MUST Be
No Later Than
MAY 3, 2004


Examination Number and Title



 Non-Refundable Processing Fee




Appointees in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond [Staten Island], Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties) will receive an additional $1,200 annual location pay differential/downstate adjustment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before June 5, 2004, you must have:

  1. a bachelor's degree in physical or natural sciences, or in engineering OR a bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 30 credit hours in physical or natural sciences


  2. three years of professional experience in the control of radiological health hazards in industrial or commercial settings. For the purposes of this examination, such experience is defined as: the identification and quantification of radiological health hazards; the development of practical methods to control or eliminate radiological health hazards; the study and control of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, such as is emitted by radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment including x-ray machines, cyclotrons and lasers.

Substitution: Twenty-four graduate credit hours in radiological science or radiological engineering may be substituted for one year of the experience defined above.

If you expect to meet the education requirements by June 30, 2004, you can be admitted to the written test but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of completion of the education requirement to the New York State Department of Labor.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information is also available here. You must pay the required evaluation fee.
  4. As these positions require substantial travel, appointees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State, or otherwise demonstrate ability to meet the transportation needs of the position.
  5. Physical/Medical Requirements: Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated prior to your appointment to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards write to the Medical Review Unit, NYS Department of Civil Service, Building 1, State Campus, Albany, NY 12239. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment, and you are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee. Appointees to this position may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the position.

THE POSITIONS: These positions exist in the New York State Department of Labor in Albany and New York City. Currently there is one vacancy in New York City.

DUTIES: As an Associate Radiophysicist, under supervision of the Principal Radiophysicist, you would conduct inspections of radiation facilities in industrial/commercial settings, respond to incidents involving radiation sources, make measurements of radiation levels and analyze samples for radioactive content, calibrate portable radiation measurement instruments and analytical instruments, and participate in the review of application for licenses and registrations for radiation sources.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:

  1. Principles of regulation and enforcement in the field of radiological health – These questions test for knowledge of licensing standards and federal and New York State regulations and enforcement procedures controlling the proper use and handling of radioactive materials to ensure the health and safety of workers and the general public.
  2. Radiological health, x-rays, accelerators, radioactive materials, and other sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and concepts of radiation physics and radiological health including such areas as characteristics and health effects of various types of radiation and radioactive materials and the proper use and handling of radioactive materials.
  3. Radiological instruments and measuring devices, including control and monitoring devices – These questions test for knowledge of the proper calibration, uses, and operating characteristics of survey instruments and laboratory equipment involved in the detection, measurement, and control of radiation levels.
  4. Program planning, implementation, and evaluation – These questions test for knowledge of, and ability to apply, program management techniques including proper planning, scheduling, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of an agency program.
  5. Preparing written material – These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order and then asked to choose from four suggestions the best order for the sentences.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.


HOW TO APPLY: Use FORM OC-APP, APPLICATION FOR NYS EXAMINATIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Forms are available (by mail or in person) at these offices of the New York State Department of Civil Service: Building 1, State Campus, Albany, NY 12239; the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027; and the Edward A. Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street, Room 625, Buffalo, NY 14202, or by E mailing us at: You may also obtain application forms by visiting the Civil Service Career Information Center, Suite 108, North Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany. This office cannot handle mail requests. State employees may obtain examination applications at their agency or facility personnel or business office.
ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call (518) 457 5483 if taking the test in Albany; (518) 457-6556 for New York City Test Center; (518) 457 7022 for all other Test Centers.
NEW YORK STATE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION: Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under "Religious Accommodation." We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS IN TESTING: In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457-3416 or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) (518) 457-8480.
MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call (518) 457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the State examination center.
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Issued: 3/19/04
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