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Physicist, Altoona

  • Job ID: 250070528
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday - Friday daylight
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: ONC00-UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • Department: 61029 ONCOL RO Physicists
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour

Description

LOCATION:          UPMC Altoona

610 Howard Avenue  Altoona, PA 16601


Position Description: 

We are seeking a clinically excellent medical physicist to join our team for a full-time position located at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Altoona, PA. The physicist in this position will join the Chief physicist in conducting all aspects of clinical medical physics services including, but not limited to, regular quality assurance testing of radiotherapy equipment and treatment delivery processes, dosimetric calibration of radiation therapy equipment, maintaining compliance with radiation safety and licensing regulations, providing routine clinical support, implementation of 4D-CT and gated radiation therapy, SBRT treatment planning and delivery, and supporting HDR brachytherapy.

The successful candidate will have the full support of the UPMC Medical Physics Division and will join a network of 30+ medical physicists across the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network. The Division’s goal is to scale advanced techniques across the network to enable high-quality care close to patients’ homes.  The successful candidate should have demonstrated clinical skills and is expected to function independently with excellent oral and written communication skills. Board certification and at least three years of clinical experience are preferred but not required, and we encourage early-career physicists to apply.

Facility and Equipment:

UPMC Altoona is equipped with Elekta Synergy S and Infinity linear accelerators, a Nucletron microSelectron remote afterloader, Philips Big Bore CT simulator, and a full suite of quality assurance equipment.  Treatment planning and medical record documentation is done with the Varian Eclipse TPS and ARIA EMR.  UPMC Altoona is accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO).  

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 26 radiation oncology centers in the United States, and four centers in Europe (two in Italy and two in Ireland).  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. 

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 various 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


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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