Job Description

Job Title: Associate Director, Medical Physics
Job ID: 77588586
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: 61029 ONCOL RO Physicists
Location: 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232



The Associate Director, Medical Physics conducts all aspects of the Radiation Oncology physics, including equipment calibration and commissioning, clinical support, maintenance of appropriate quality assurance for equipment and treatment delivery, compliance with radiation safety and licensing issues. 


  • Oversees and is responsible for the systematic measurement, documentation and assurance of the physical and dosimetric aspects of all radioactive sources/radiation producing equipment used
  • Supervises and is responsible for acceptance testing and commissioning of all treatment-related equipment. This includes calibration of all radiation producing sources and maintenance of all information for their appropriate use
  • Oversees and is responsible for the development and documentation of performance specifications, procedures, testing, tolerances, and frequency of testing for all therapy equipment
  • Oversees and is responsible for the maintenance of a comprehensive quality assurance program that ensures patients are provided tumor localization, radiation treatment, and dose distributions as prescribed. This includes assurance of the accuracy of treatment unit parameters
  • Supervisor and is responsible for the development of treatment plans, acquisition and storage of data for treatment plans, calculation of dose distributions and machine settings for treatment delivery
  • Provides consultation to the Radiation Oncologist on the physical and radiobiological aspect of treatment
  • Supervises to translate the desired treatment plan into a set of instructions for radiation therapists to execute
  • Supervises and is responsible for the in-vivo dose measurement and use of measuring devices for verification of dose delivery to patients.
  • Provides interpretation/consultation to the Radiation Oncologist on basis of in-vivo dosimetry
  • Directs the design, fabrication and measurement of treatment beam modifiers and treatment aids
  • Responsible to obtain and disseminate information pertaining to current practices within the field of Radiation Oncology Physics
  • Initiates and/or collaborates related research projects with other Physicists in the Division of Medical Physics
  • Performs some organization and administration skills in the clinical practice of Radiation Oncology Physics. This includes decision in equipment usage/selection/replacement, physics and dosimetry staff requirements/assignments/recruitment, program operation, budget preparation and continuing review of program’s policies and procedures
  • Responsible for the compliance of NRC and State Rules and Regulations, as well as adhering to ACRO and appropriate AAPM Task Group Guidelines
  • Responsible to share part of physics teaching or to supervise physics research for residents
  • In conjunction with the Director of Medical Physics, Vice Chairman for Clinical Services, Director of Operations and Chief Administrative Officer, ensure responsible and thorough fiscal oversight for the radiation oncology program
  • In conjunction with Director of Medical Physics and Health System ISD, ensures that the Radiation Oncology Information system/Central Server is fully implemented, functional, maintained and secure.
  • In conjunction with Director of Medical Physics and BioTronics, ensures that all therapy equipment is fully maintenance and serviced
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Director of Medical Physics


    • PhD from an accredited program in physics, medical physics, or related scientific fields
    • Minimum of 10 years experience with clinical physics in radiation oncology are required
    • Experience with 3-D conformal radiotherapy, high and low dose rate brachytherapy, understanding of computer algorithms of treatment planning systems, radiosurgery and IMRT are required

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

    • ABR, ABMP or Canadian Medical Physics Board required
    • Act 34

    UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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