Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics: Radiological Physics - General
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt School of Medicine is seeking a Faculty Medical Physicist to join the Department of Radiation Oncology, with the opportunity to affiliate clinical medical physics practice with the Vanderbilt Medical Group as staff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). VICC, one of 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers (NCI-CCC), provides cancer care services throughout the Greater Nashville area and is dedicated to an integrated, patient-focused approach to cancer research, treatment, support, prevention, education, and outreach.
Successful candidates for this position must have; (1) a Ph.D. in medical physics, physics, engineering, or related physical science, (2) be ABR/ABMP board certified or board eligible in therapeutic medical physics; and (3) preferably have a minimum of 2 years clinical experience. A preference is for those candidates who (1) hold a degree from a CAMPEP-accredited Graduate Program in Medical Physics, (2) have experience teaching and mentoring Medical Physics graduate students and residents and/or (3) have a strong record of medical physics-related research leadership, evidenced by lead roles on peer-reviewed publications as well as externally funded grants or successful industry partnerships.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is staffed with twelve (12) board-certified Medical Physicists (7 Ph.D.; 5 M.S.), a Computational Physicist (Ph.D. faculty) and seven (7) board-certified Dosimetrists. The Downtown Nashville location is equipped with four (4) Varian linear accelerators: a Trilogy, Novalis Tx, and two (2) TrueBeams. All accelerators feature kV on-board imaging as well as MV portal imaging. The Novalis Tx system is additionally equipped with BrainLab’s ExacTrac image guidance system and there are plans to add a second system to a TrueBeam. Varian Optical Surface Monitoring Systems are installed on several TrueBeam systems within the system. Our three (3) satellite facilities house a total of four (4) Varian linear accelerators (mix of TrueBeam and Clinac EX/iX-series machines) and are located within a 50-mile radius of the main facility in Nashville proper. A fifth facility will come on-line in Summer 2020 and is planned to feature a Varian Ethos adaptive radiotherapy system and Bravos HDR brachytherapy unit. The enterprise physics team also supports active HDR (gynecological, skin and soft-tissue), LDR (prostate, eye) and interoperative electronic brachytherapy programs. Treatment planning systems include Varian Eclipse, BrainLab iPlan, Varian BrachyVision / VariSeed as well as MIM Maestro. Varian’s ARIA suite serves as the Department’s record and verify system and VUMC utilizes EPIC for electronic medical record management.
Specific Job Related Duties
Successful candidates will have strong written and oral communication skills and possess an assertive, team-oriented mindset. All physicists are responsible for the precise and accurate delivery of radiation treatment plans and the safety of patients and treatment staff, providing clinical radiation therapy physics services for the Department’s EBRT, IMRT, IGRT, SRS, ART, SBRT, HDR, and LDR brachytherapy programs. Routine clinical medical physics services include chart checking, machine calibrations, physician consult, and ongoing quality assurance. Successful candidates will also oversee / assist with new equipment acceptance and commissioning, dosimetric data acquisition, SRS and brachytherapy treatment planning, and personnel training through our in-house competency programs. The clinical activities of satellite facilities are supported by the Department’s integrated Physics and Dosimetry groups and candidates will be expected to provide coverage at these sites as needed. Creating a safe and efficient clinical operation is of paramount importance to Department leadership and, as such, a successful candidate will be expected to participate in initiatives promoting these standards; e.g. procedural and workflow quality improvement projects.
Candidates are expected to be actively involved in a wide range of teaching duties within the Department and Medical School. This includes participation in the didactic and clinical training of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Residents as well as and Medical Physics Graduate students. Additionally, these positions provide significant opportunities of research mentorship of Medical Physics Graduate Students.
Qualified applicants will be eligible for faculty appointment in a research or clinician educator track at a level commensurate with their research experience and publication record. Predicated on the desired track of faculty appointment, candidates will be afforded resources to facilitate clinically-applicable / translational research within the Department as well as in collaboration with researchers both within the Medical School and across disciplines throughout Vanderbilt University. Applicants capable of driving independent research and contributing to the research and developmental initiatives of the group are highly desirable. Currently active research themes within the department include:
Adaptive radiation therapy
Radiation biology [including that of flash dose rates and microbeam treatment fields]
Uncertainty modeling and management pertaining to treatment plan and delivery robustness
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Optimization of clinical patient management and departmental workflow
Radiation therapy for novel applications
The ideal candidate has excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong technical skills, and a commitment to exemplary clinical practice, research and teaching.
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Its reputation for excellence in each of these areas has made Vanderbilt a major patient referral center for the Mid-South. Each year, people throughout Tennessee and the Southeast choose Vanderbilt for their health care needs, not only because of its excellence in medical science, but also because the faculty and staff are dedicated to treating patients with dignity and compassion. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
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