St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a qualified medical physicist to join the Department of Radiation Oncology. The department is one of the largest pediatric radiation oncology facilities in the world and treats approximately 300 children, adolescents, and young adults each year.
The selected candidate will work under the direction of the medical physics supervisor to provide service in all aspects of medical physics clinical operations. This includes, but is not limited to machine periodic calibration, equipment acceptance and commissioning, treatment planning and related planning reviews.
The department includes radiation oncologist faculty (5), physicist faculty (3), clinical physicists (5), dosimetrists (3), medical physics assistants (2), dedicated engineers, information systems staff, therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners as well as other support teams. The candidate will also have opportunity to interact with research staff, inclusive of research scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical research associates.
The department has 45,000 square feet of clinical space and provides both conventional radiation therapy, brachytherapy and proton therapy. The St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy is the world’s first proton therapy center dedicated solely for treating pediatric cancer.
The proton therapy system at St. Jude was designed to incorporate unique procedures and processes developed for pediatric patients, including the most advanced and accurate methods of immobilization, positioning and imaging verification. Our proton therapy treatment offers pencil-beam scanning technology and volumetric cone-beam imaging guidance. Our dedicated imaging equipment includes a detector-based spectral CT, digital PET/CT and two state-of-the-art MRI units (1.5T and 3T), which are used for radiation treatment planning and adaptive therapy.
Treatment planning is carried out using Eclipse, Pinnacle and RayStation in a Mosaiq environment with MIM Vista software, among others. Special procedures include brachytherapy, eye plaques, TBI, and TLI.
Brain tumors (medulloblastoma, ependymoma and craniopharyngioma) are the most common tumors treated in the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center. These are followed by musculoskeletal tumors, including rhabdomyosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. We have a number of active proton therapy protocols. Future plans include the implementation of more protocols to increase cure rates and minimize side effects.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Successful applicants will have a MSc or PhD degree (preferred) in medical physics, biomedical engineering, radiological sciences, or other relevant engineering or physical sciences. Completion of Part II of the American Board of Radiology Exam is preferred, with a minimum of two years of clinical experience. Preference will be afforded candidates with prior proton therapy experience. The candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
To apply, please complete an online application for job ID #37043.
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