The Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a post-doctoral associate to provide support for physics research focused on proton range-based registration and proton range verification. The aim of the former is to mitigate proton range uncertainty caused from daily patient positioning and patient body anatomic change while the latter is to improve the verification accuracy in clinical scenarios with and without range-based registration, through phantom and patient studies and data acquisition, analysis and model improvement. Publishing research papers is expected. The duration of the postdoctoral research assignment is two years effective July 2018.
St. Jude was ranked as the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 28th Annual “Best Children's Hospitals” list in 2017. The St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center is the first proton therapy center in the world dedicated solely to the treatment of children with cancer. The proton center has a synchrotron-based proton pencil beam scanning system. The system includes two gantry rooms and one fixed beam room. The latter is equipped with a mini pencil beam scanning system. The center has the most accurate patient positioning systems, including camera-assisted robotic positioning and gantry-independent robotic kV CBCT. The department has a wide range of state of the art imaging systems for treatment planning and adaptive therapy that will be used for proton range verification. These systems include two MRI units (1.5T and 3T), a multi-layer detector spectral CT and a digital PET/CT that will be used for proton range verification.
The department houses two photon linear accelerators with MV-CBCT systems. Our high-dose rate brachytherapy afterloader is equipped with a digital fluoroscopy unit. A full range of state of the art radiation measurement equipment and specialized phantoms are available. The department uses a variety of treatment planning systems supporting the research.
Qualified candidates must have a PhD in Medical Physics, Physics or Engineering related to Medical Physics and demonstrate experience in numerical analysis with Matlab and/or c/c++ programing. Experience with Monte Carlo simulation, GPU and itk programing is preferred. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience with available systems.
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Weiguang Yao, PhD
Assistant Member, Department of Radiation Oncology
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