The faculty level physicist is for supporting the clinical implementation of a new, state-of-the-art MRI-guided radiation therapy program, including on-line MR-based adaptive radiotherapy practices and MRI-simulation.
The scientist will oversee the MR Safety and MR Quality Assurance programs and will participate in developing and maintaining imaging protocols needed for external beam treatment planning and for MR guided brachytherapy procedures. The scientist will also be responsible for developing imaging protocols to support the research interests of the department, as well as for developing his/her own MR-based R&D programs. The scientist will also oversee the MR aspects of the MR guided LINAC including imaging QA, developing efficient processes for real-time imaging and cooperating with therapeutic physics staff to develop image guided adaptive treatment procedures. The scientist will be part of the Medical Physics & Biophysics Division and will report to the Chief of Medical Physics, as the rest of the clinical physics faculty.
II. Principal responsibilities:
- Patient Care:
Work along side with radiation oncologists to provide all the needed support for safe MR-based radiation treatments, including MR simulations, image processing, treatment plan designs and treatment deliveries to ensure correct radiation dosages and patient safety including decision to suspend treatments when necessary.
Participate and supervise all MR-based brachytherapy applications including dosimetric verification, treatment planning, documentation, and all radiation safety issues, including decision to stop treatments.
Participate in departmental chart reviews of MR-linac treatments, experimental trials, national clinical protocols, and provide documentation to support these efforts.
- Coordinate with other departments and integrate medical imaging information to assure patient care is seamless.
B. Clinical physics duties
Develop and implement MR protocols for MR imaging and MR linac radiation delivery to meet national and state regulations.
Develop and maintain a State mandated Quality Management Program (QMP) covering external beam procedures and material license applications (brachytherapy and radiopharmaceuticals for therapy)
- Develop and implement MR safety and MR quality assurance programs and dosimetric verification procedures for patients undergoing treatments.
- Participate in developing and maintaining imaging protocols needed for external beam treatment planning and for MR guided brachytherapy procedures
- Design computer programs to improve comprehensive analyses, processing and integration of imaging, planning and delivery information for maximum operational efficiency and accuracy. This is essential for image-guided and robotic techniques.
- Work with engineers in the diagnosis, repair, maintenance, including assessment for release of MR treatment machines for clinical use.
C. Leadership and management responsibilities
Assist in supervision, coaching, training of dosimetrists, junior physicists, and physics assistants, and other radiation therapy personnel in MR-based imaging and MR-based radiation delivery.
Assist section chief in management of team effort.
Assist the hospital administration by assuming a key role in managing the technical aspects of clinical programs: implementation, quality assurance, documentation.
D. Teaching and Research and Development
Participate in the teaching of therapist students, post-doctoral fellows and clinical residents in MR aspects of radiation oncology. Retain at least 50 contact hours per year with trainees, either on 1:1 or on classroom levels.
Participate in research and development projects
Work towards setting up an externally funded research program in MR-based radiation oncology.
Ph.D. in physics, engineering or related field
Experience in the diagnostic use of MRI is a requirement for this position. Certification in MRI Physics from the American Board of Radiology or American Board of Medical Physics is desirable. Computer programming experience is preferred.
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