Therapeutic Radiology (TR), Diagnostic Radiology (DX), Nuclear Medicine (NM)
Private Sector, Free Standing Clinic
Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology Dosimetry, Medical Physics: Radiological Physics - General
The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) is a non-profit cancer treatment center located in Hampton, Virginia that specializes in proton therapy. HUPTI is looking for an outstanding Medical Physicist to join our team.
HUPTI is the nation’s 8th proton therapy facility and the largest freestanding proton clinic in the world. The state-of-the-art treatment and research center has four gantry rooms and one fixed beam room. HUPTI has been treating prostate, brain, lung, pediatric, head and neck, breast, CNS and other cancers since August 2010. HUPTI uses IBA’s ProteusPlus proton therapy delivery system, VeriSuite for IGRT, Mosaiq Oncology Information System (Elektra), Eclipse Proton Treatment Planning System (Varian), and 4D-PET/CT and MRI for simulation.
HUPTI’s ProteusPlus system is equipped with IBA’s universal nozzles. We are using Uniform Scanning, Double Scattering, and Pencil Beam Scanning treatment delivery techniques in our treatment rooms.
HUPTI Medical Physicists report to the Executive Director. Physics staff must be accountable for the ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities related to the HUPTI’s medical physics practice.
Work with other physics staff and perform general medical physics duties pertaining to operating a proton radiotherapy clinic.
Perform measurements or other evaluations as necessary to ensure accurate dose delivery for (proton radiotherapy) treatments.
Participate in commissioning and testing of all proton therapy equipment.
Perform (Varian Eclipse) computer treatment plan checks and assist with planning as needed.
Conduct and participate in departmental research and development projects.
Ensure all radiation safety standards and regulatory requirements are met.
Strong knowledge of a Treatment Planning System and an Oncology Information System is required.
Ph.D. or a M.S. degree in physics, medical physics, other physical science, engineering, or applied mathematics.
At least 4 years of full-time medical physics experience. Proton therapy experience is preferred.
ABR/ABMP board certification or board eligibility is preferred
Minor weight lifting (i.e., to handle aperture, compensator, QA devices, etc. ~ 25 – 50 lb.) required.
To apply for employment with the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, send your completed application form and current resume to:
Human Resources Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute 40 Enterprise Parkway Hampton, VA 23666
About Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI)
Though proton therapy may seem relatively new, the idea of utilizing energetic protons as a treatment for cancer was first published by scientist Robert R. Wilson in 1946. Early treatments were performed at nuclear physics facilities, such as the Harvard Cyclotron Laboratory, and eventually gave way to the first hospital-based proton therapy center in 1990. Since then, over 30 proton cancer treatment centers have been established in the United States. Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) was the eighth center to rise to prominence, and has evolved to become the largest free-standing facility of its kind in the world.
Based on its exacting treatment focus, proton radiation has continued to be used as an effective treatment for cancer. With the ability to target tumors with greater precision, proton therapy allows physicians to treat cancerous areas more aggressively with less risk to healthy tissue and organs. Because of this, patients often experience limited side effects and complications.3-4, 6-8, 15 Proton therapy is most popularly used in the treatment of head and neck, brain, and prostate cancer, but growing results from its application for other cancer types..., including breast, lung, GI and more, have continued to prove positive.3-15, 17-24
Today, over 100,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy, a number that is anticipated to grow larger and faster as more and more proton therapy centers continue to open their doors within the next several years. As one of the first proton therapy centers, HUPTI remains a stalwart of this evolving and innovative treatment type. Paired with our dedication to research and patient comfort and recovery, we strive to remain at the forefront of both cancer and patient care.
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