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Physicist, Shadyside

  • Job ID: 250070529
  • 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: 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour

Description

LOCATION:       UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at Shadyside Hospital

Department of Radiation Oncology;  UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 5150 Center Avenue: Pittsburgh, PA  15232

Position Description:

A full-time position is immediately available for a medical physicist at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA. UPMC Shadyside is the hub of the Hillman Cancer Center network and has a strong focus on bringing state-of-the-art treatments to patients in the region.  A world leader in SRS and SBRT, UPMC Shadyside houses Varian’s True Beam STx, Trilogy, and Halcyon linear accelerators, and recently installed one of the world’s first RefleXion X1 PET/CT-linacs to enable biology-guided radiation therapy (BgRT).  There are plans to upgrade the Halcyon to Varian’s ETHOS online adaptive radiotherapy platform, and the Trilogy will be replaced with a TrueBeam this year. The Varian Eclipse TPS and ARIA information systems are used for treatment planning and documentation. 

The physicist in this position will join a dynamic team of eight physicists at UPMC Shadyside and more than 30 physicists across the network. Primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, regular quality assurance testing of radiotherapy equipment and treatment delivery processes, dosimetric calibration of radiation therapy equipment, SRS/SBRT treatment planning and delivery, and oversight of 4D-CT and gated radiation therapy. In addition to clinical duties, this position will have a strong emphasis on clinical research, education, and implementing novel clinical techniques.  UPMC Shadyside runs a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency program and physicists are encouraged to participate in resident education.

The successful candidate will have a full support of the Medical Physics Division. 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.

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:

  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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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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