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Physicist

Description

Purpose:

About UPMC:

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network is one of the largest integrated cancer networks in the United States with more than 60 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and New York, including 28 radiation oncology centers in the United States, and four centers in Europe.  With our team of dedicated clinicians, standardized processes, state-of-the-art equipment, and an integrated IT platform, the UPMC network is a national leader in scaling world class care to radiation oncology patients close to their homes. 

Position Description:

We are seeking a qualified medical physics to join our team for a full-time position located in UPMC Altoona, Altoona, PA. Primary responsibilities for the position include but are not limited to, actively conducting all aspects of the Radiation Oncology physics services including regular quality assurance testing for equipment and treatment delivery and dosimetry calibration of radiation therapy equipment; compliance with radiation safety and licensing issues; providing clinical support; dosimetry and clinical implementation of intensity modulated radiation therapy/VMAT, SRS/SBRT, and implementation of 4DCT and gated radiation therapy. The successful candidate should have demonstrated clinical skills in these areas and is expected to function independently with excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Facility and Equipment:

This center is equipped with two Elekta Infinity and Synergy S linear accelerators, with kV imaging, cone-beam CT, respiratory gating, and VMAT capabilities, Nucletron micro-Selectron Digital HDR brachytherapy systems, Philips CT simulator, and a full suite of quality assurance equipment, and utilizes ARiA, Eclipse, and Mosaic for documentation, treatment planning and delivery.

Primary responsibilities for the position include but are not limited to regular quality assurance testing and dosimetry calibration of radiation therapy equipment; treatment planning and delivery; dosimetry and clinical implementation of intensity modulated radiation therapy, implementation of 4D CT and gated radiation therapy and several types of brachytherapy procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide interpretation/consultation to the Radiation Oncologist on basis of in-vivo dosimetry.
  • Obtain and disseminate information pertaining to current practices within the field of Radiation Oncology Physics.
  • Collaborate with other UPCI Physicists in Radiation Therapy related research in the Division of Medical Physics.
  • Manage the in-vivo dose measurement and use of measuring devices for verification of dose delivery to patients.
  • Assist in the clinical practice of Radiation Oncology Physics and dosimetry.
  • Direct the design, fabrication, and measurement of treatment beam modifiers and treatment aids.
  • Perform acceptance testing and commissioning of all treatment-related equipment.
  • Provide consultation to the Radiation Oncologist on the physical and radiobiological aspect of treatment.
  • Maintain a comprehensive quality assurance program that ensures patients are provided tumor localization, radiation treatment, and dose distributions as prescribed.
  • Manage the systematic measurement, documentation, and assurance of the physical aspects of all radiation sources/devices used in Radiation Oncology.
  • Manage the development of treatment plans, acquisition and storage of data for treatment plans, calculation of dose distributions and machine settings for treatment delivery.
  • Translate the desired treatment plan into a set of instructions for radiation therapists to execute.
  • Develop and document performance specifications, testing, tolerances, and frequency of testing for all therapy equipment.

 

Qualifications

  • Required-M.S. or Ph.D. Degree in Physics or Medical Physics
  • Preferred-ABR/ABMP Certification in Therapeutic Radiological Physics or Therapeutic Radiology
  • Preferred - At least three years of clinical experience


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