A postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Radiation Oncology, at the University of Washington, Seattle. The term of appointment is one-year.
This research focus for this NCI-funded position is to explore and develop novel probabilistic-based systems designed to perform automated quality assurance checks on radiation therapy plans. Errors in the planning and delivery of radiation therapy can result in inferior outcomes for patients. The magnitude of this problem is now well-appreciated from cooperative group trials and other sources. At present, however, there are few concrete tools to reduce the chance of plan errors passing undetected. As radiation therapy becomes more complex and varied, and as the demands on staff increases, new methods are needed. Our development will result in an independent means of verifying that the type of radiotherapy treatment and the way it is prescribed are in keeping with the standards already in place within a specific clinic. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on the design, modeling and development of this technology.
The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in physics, medical physics, biomedical engineering, or biomedical informatics. Candidates with the following background are preferred: (1) strong interest in research in radiation oncology and experience in data analysis and processing; (2) exposure to clinical radiation oncology physics; (3) solid mathematical/physics/statistics background, and computer programming skills.
Facility and Environment:
The Department of Radiation Oncology treats over 160 patients per day in a strong multimodality program. The Department has 14 faculty physicists and administers a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency program with two residents recruited per year through the Medical Physics Match Program. Radiation delivery equipment includes 7 linear accelerators, IGRT-capability, a Mobetron intra-operative accelerator, GammaKnife, Acuity Imaging-based Brachytherapy Suite, 3 large-bore 4D CT simulator, HDR unit, a Scanditronix fast neutron therapy facility and proton beam facility with gantry and Incline beam capability.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of the University of Washington and collaborates closely with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a world-class cancer treatment center, a Program is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which ranks #6 of 67 in the nation. The University of Washington is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please send applications to Alan Kalet, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department Radiation Oncology, ph: 206-288-7642, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal Number: 002
About University of Washington
The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of the Cancer Program at the University of Washington. We have been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the top cancer programs in the United States and were number 7 last year. With the formation of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a three-way collaboration among University of Washington Medicine, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, our program has made a tremendous leap forward. Our radiation oncologist faculty see and treat patients at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), the Gamma Knife facility at Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), UW Northwest Hospital, the SCCA Proton Therapy Center and the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.
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