Medical Physics: Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Physics: Nuclear Medicine, Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Dalhousie University, in collaboration with ABK Biomedical Inc., is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project related to the quantification of radiopaque glass microspheres in CT images. The microspheres are for use in transarterial radioembolization (TARE) where quantification via CT imaging would represent a significant improvement over nuclear medicine-based methods in terms of spatial resolution and, consequently, dosimetry calculation accuracy. The successful applicant will be responsible for the design, fabrication and evaluation of a calibration phantom that can be used to quantify the amount of glass in a given voxel based on CT image Hounsfield Units. Confidence limits on quantification in regions of low microsphere concentrations must also be determined. The applicant will spend most of their time in the Victoria General Hospital of the Nova Scotia Health Authority and part of their time at the ABK Biomedical facilities a short distance away.
Previous research or demonstrable experience related to CT imaging
Demonstrated knowledge of the physics of CT imaging
Proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, or C.
Experience working in an academic or clinical/medical research environment.
Ability to disseminate findings in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
Excellent time management skills and ability to effectively manage competing priorities.
Ability to meet scheduled project deadlines.
Ability to work independently with limited supervision and in a professional manner.
Demonstrated problem solving, decision-making, planning, and evaluation skills.
Demonstrated organizational, analytical skills, and attention to detail.
PhD degree in medical physics, biomedical engineering, or related field.
About the Department:
The academic Medical Physics program at Dalhousie is housed within the Department of Radiation Oncology. The Department is home to 13 certified physicists (including 1 diagnostic imaging physicist and 1 nuclear medicine physicist), 16 graduate students (in a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program), 2 postdoctoral fellows, and 2 research associates. The program is situated at the Victoria General Hospital at which all necessary diagnostic imaging equipment for this project is located.
About ABK Biomedical:
ABK Biomedical is organized to research, develop and commercialize breakthrough medical device therapies to improve treatment outcomes and the lives of patients with benign and malignant hypervascular tumors. Specifically, ABK holds intellectual property in the focus area of inorganic polymer microspheres, targeted at the growing field of embolotherapy within the Interventional Radiology/Interventional Oncology medical disciplines. The company possesses advanced intellectual capital, and its own R&D and manufacturing facilities for developing and commercializing unique, breakthrough embolotherapy products.
Start Date: ASAP
Duration of appointment: 1 year, potentially renewable for a second year
Deadline for application: October 25, 2018
Internal Number: 1
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is proudly located in Halifax, Nova Scotia which is ranked one of the friendliest cities in the world. Founded in 1818, we're one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,800 students from around the world. The university blends transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast.
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