The Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a candidate for a two-year postdoctoral research position. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a renowned team at the U.S. News and World Report’s No. 1 ranked pediatric cancer hospital. As a part of the Department the postdoctoral fellow would have access to world-class resources, including the world’s first proton therapy center with pencil beam scanning technology designated solely for the treatment of pediatric cancer, the first in the world installation of detector-based spectral CT in a Radiation Oncology Department, state-of-the-art 1.5T and 3T MR scanners, and a recently installed digital PET/CT.
The main research topics this candidate would be directly involved with include:
investigating relationships between linear energy transfer (LET) and toxicity events in pediatric patients
establishing planning strategies that minimize the impact of LET on plan quality
conducting focused research related to biological optimization of proton radiotherapy treatment plans
The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the PIs, computational scientists, and students in the research group. The fellow will interact with radiation oncologists, IT support staff, clinical therapy and physics staff, and clinical scientists. Research activities include data collection, image analysis, dosimetry comparisons in treatment planning systems and Monte Carlo calculations, experimental validation with proton beams, and report and manuscript writing. Opportunities to gain clinical experience in proton and photon radiotherapy physics can be made available to fellows making adequate progress in their research work.
The candidate is required to have a PhD or DSc degree in Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Radiological Sciences, or other relevant engineering and physical sciences. The candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong knowledge and experience in analytical and scientific programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, Java, etc.), experience with Monte Carlo dose calculations (familiarity with TOPAS desirable), and a working knowledge of radiation oncology physics. Experience specific to proton radiotherapy is desirable but not required.
There’s a reason St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is consistently ranked on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For” list. At our world-class pediatric research hospital, every one of our professionals share our commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. There’s a unique bond when you’re part of a team that gives their all to advance the treatments and cures of pediatric catastrophic diseases. The result is a collaborative, positive environment where everyone, regardless of their role, receives the resources, support and encouragement to advance and grow their careers.
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