The Division of Translational Radiation Sciences (DTRS) is hiring an entry-level research medical physicist to support our radiation biology research program. This is a position suitable for a recent graduate of a Medical Physics graduate program or post-doctoral scholar. Since the majority of the tasks have direct equivalents in clinical practice, this position is ideal for a recently graduated physicist wishing to obtain additional hands-on experience prior to participating in the residency match next year.
The DTRS is part of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and currently holds approximately 45 million dollars in research contracts for the federal government, particularly in the development of medical counter-measures. A large part of our success is due to the support of medical physics in quality assurance and designing the irradiation techniques for our animal models.
This position requires many of the same skills and knowledge that the medical physicist practices in the clinic, but will focus exclusively in supporting our radiation biology research projects with no direct clinical or patient involvements. We irradiate using linear accelerators, orthovoltage x-ray units, and an image-guided orthovoltage SARRP unit. The preferred candidate will have extensive experience in experimental dosimetry (OSLD, TLD, Gafchromic films, ion chambers, TG-61/TG-51, etc. and/or Monte Carlo modeling, particularly at the kV energy range. The tasks focus on insuring the accuracy of the in-vivo dosimetry for the animal models, performing routine QA on kV and MV irradiators and the in-vivo dosimetry system, maintaining documentation, and, in collaboration with a board-certified medical physicist, design and validate new irradiation techniques, participate in the commissioning of new equipment, write reports for funding agencies, and other related tasks as assigned.
This position focuses on service and is remunerated following the scale for a junior uncertified medical physicist. While independent research is not one of the focuses, the hired candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the division’s research projects, with authorship in resulting publications as commensurate to their contribution.
Preferred experience: Operating and performing quality assurance on radiation oncology clinical linear accelerators and/or kilovoltage biological irradiators (e.g. X-RAD 320, SARRP), performing kilovoltage x-ray dosimetry (Monte Carlo simulation and/or empirical measurement) for kilovoltage biological irradiators an asset.
Performing dosimetric measurements using a variety of radiation dosimeters used in the context of a Radiation Oncology clinical Quality Assurance program, including but not restricted to: Ionization chambers, OSLDs, radiochromic film, thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs), experience and knowledge using radiation therapy treatment planning systems, Matlab, and Monte Carlo algorithms an asset.
Preferred Education: A Doctoral degree in one of the following: either a CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics program, or a relevant field (e.g. physics or biomedical/nuclear engineering) accompanied with the completion of a CAMPEP-accredited post-doctoral Medical Physics Certificate.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with education and experience
About University of MD Baltimore, Department of Radiation Oncology
The University of Maryland School of Medicine has more than 2,600 faculty members (full-time, part-time and adjunct), 2,500 full-time administrative, research and clinical staff, and maintains a current enrollment of more than 1,200 medical, graduate and allied health students. The school and its clinical partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center, educate and train over half of the state of Maryland's medical professionals; continuing education programs serve more than 5,000 physicians and other health professionals annually.
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