Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in Biomedical Optics and Medical Physics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: Training Positions
Preferred Education: Doctorate
We are looking for skilled and enthusiastic candidates to fill Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist positions in the Biomedical Imaging and Radiation Technology Laboratory(BIRTLab). Our mission is to innovate, develop, and apply biomedical technology to empower cancer research.
Successful candidates will be joining our team to work either one of the following projects:
(1). Establishing high sensitive 3D optical imaging integrated with high-resolution X-ray cone beam CT(CBCT)/MRI imaging for in vivo tumor and immune cell tracking to facilitate cancer therapy development.
(2). Developing optical tomography-guided system for pre-clinical radiation therapy research; specifically, we will develop a quantitative fluorescence, bioluminescence, and diffuse optical tomography system to localize tumors in vivo, guide irradiation, and quantify treatment response.
The projects are multi-disciplinary and integrate engineering, algorithm development, optics, radiation physics, biology, and industrial components. Success completion of the projects will significantly advance image-guided systems and radiation technology to improve cancer treatment.
BIRTLab provides an outstanding environment to grow candidates toward successful careers.
PI Dr. Wang works tirelessly with candidates to ensure they meet their career goals. Through attentive guidance, he encourages members to think creatively and develop their own research projects. All activities are supported by extramural funding through the NIH and Texas CPRIT.
Successful members are also eligible for basic clinical medical physics training and a tuition fee waiver to enroll in a certificate program with CAMPEP-accredited courses, which covers medical physics didactic elements for people who enter the medical physics profession through an alternative pathway.
Multi-disciplinary projects, a strong research environment, and the medical physics pathway together provide a unique opportunity to prepare the candidate for careers in academia and industry, or to become a professional medical physicist in the U.S.
Candidates with established experience in numerical algorithm development, biomedical optics, or engineering system design and development are desired. Candidates who hold degrees in mathematics, biomedical engineering, physics, optics, and engineering are encouraged to apply. Further details about the BIRTLab and projects can be found at https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/labs/birt/
Position and compensation are based on candidates’ experience and NIH scale with competitive benefits. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest, CV, and the contact of 3 references to:
Ken Kang-Hsin Wang, Ph.D., DABR
Associate Professor, CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
UT Southwestern is a leading academic medical center—world-renowned for its research, regarded among the best in the country for medical education and for clinical and scientific training, and nationally recognized for the quality of clinical care that its faculty provides to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and clinics and affiliated institutions. With six Nobel Laureates and 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences currently on faculty, UT Southwestern is among the top biomedical research institutions in the nation and consistently ranks the No. 1 academic medical center in the world for publishing high-quality scientific research, according to Nature Index. The Department of Radiation Oncology is a leader in the development and clinical implementation of innovative treatment strategies. The Department currently has a total of 21 M.D.s and 12 medical residents. The Division of Medical Physics and Engineering currently has 27 faculty-level physicists, 8 medical physics residents, 11 full-time dosimetrists, 3 research/service engineers, 3 scientific programmers, and more than 40 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. Research projects in the Division ...of Medical Physics and Engineering, funded by various federal and state agencies including 10 active NIH R01 grants, ranging from small-animal irradiation, PET instrumentation, medical imaging, image-guided therapy, heavy ion therapy, and automatic treatment planning to artificial intelligence.We currently provide care to over 200 patients per day with state-of-the-art machines and techniques. The clinical practice is currently in 3 buildings on the same campus. Our equipment includes 10 Varian and Elekta Linacs, one Elekta Gamma Knife Icon, 1 Accuray CyberKnife M6, 1 Varian VariSource iX HDR system, 1 superficial unit, 2 Philips big-bore 4-D CT simulators, 1 Brainlab Mobius mobile CT scanner, and Varian Eclipse. A shielded OR is equipped with an additional Varian VariSource iX afterloader to perform intra-operative HDR procedures. We also perform a spectrum of cranial and pelvic LDR and nuclear medicine procedures. A dedicated breast SBRT device, GammaPod, is also in clinical service. The Department is expanding into a fourth building in summer 2021, which will add 2 Varian Halcyons, 2 Varian Ethos, and 2 Elekta Unity systems along with a Phillips MR-simulator.
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