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Radiation therapy as practiced at the Washington University’s Department of Radiation Oncology is very personnel-intensive and can be highly customized and individualized for each patient, requiring extensive quality assurance (QA) and constant oversight to prevent catastrophic treatment delivery errors.� It is subject to extensive and time consuming documentation imposed by current standards of practice and regulatory bodies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Clinical Staff Physicist provides the essential administrative, organizational and technical expertise that keeps the clinic functioning smoothly, safely, and at a state-of-the-art technical and clinical level in a technically complex environment.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Basic calibration and quality assurance monitoring of any medical accelerator, superficial/contrast x-ray machines, x-ray simulator, CT simulator, and brachytherapy.
Determination of the radiation dosimetry parameters for the treatment units, simulators and brachytherapy radiation sources.
Calculation of radiation dose distribution of patients undergoing treatment.
Monitoring or measuring of the dose delivered to selected patients.
Maintaining dosimetry standards pertaining to radiation dosimetry systems.
Space planning and radiation shielding design for new facilities, modalities, and equipment.
Radiation safety surveys for facilities and personnel.
Clinical oversight of technical personnel (dosimetrist).
Consultation to radiation oncologists regarding special clinical physics considerations for individual patients.
Development, maintenance and implementation of calibration and quality assurance programs for all external beam treatment machines, simulators, treatment planning systems and brachytherapy equipment/sources.
Development, maintenance and implementation of quality control procedures.
Development, maintenance and implementation of physics and dosimetry protocols.
Responsibility for the release of treatment machines into clinical services after maintenance, and for documenting that any alterations caused by the maintenance and repair schedule do not affect the treatment unit vis a vis standards promulgated in the AAPM code of practice.
Serving as liaison to equipment manufactures for installation, acceptance testing and verification testing, and making recommendations concerning new equipment acquisitions and upgrades of hardware and software.
Interpreting of test results and advising clinical staff on optimal equipment use.
Overseeing compliance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, licensing and other regulatory requirements governing personnel and general public safety and other issues; and attending Radiation Safety Committee meetings.
On-site contouring or normal anatomy and processing of multimodality imaging, including image registration, deformations, processing of respiratory motion correlated images.
On-site treatment planning for linac based treatments with the Varian Eclipse system to include 2D, 3D. IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, brachytherapy, and SRS planning.
M.S. degree in physics or related science is required.
Certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics.
PhD is preferred.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Able to demonstrate analytical reasoning.
Able to perform mathematical computations.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Radiation Oncology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
The hiring range for this position is $119,288 - $166,982 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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