Medical Physicist

Hampton University Proton Cancer Institute

Hampton University Proton Cancer Institute (Hampton Proton) is seeking a full-time onsite Medical Physicist to ensure optimal care in proton treatments delivered to the patients in the safest method while monitoring, training, and verifying proper operations of all machines, staff, and radiation sources in accordance with established guidelines and protocols.

Hampton Proton is the nation’s 8th proton therapy facility and one of the largest free-standing proton clinics in the world. The state-of-the-art treatment and research center has four gantry rooms and one fixed beam room.  Hampton Proton has been treating a variety of cancers since August 2010.

The Medical Physicist reports directly to the Chief Medical Physicist while providing leadership to other professionals and support staff. The Medical Physicist maintains a safe environment for patients, personnel, and visitors by facilitating regular Quality Assurance (QA) in radiation safety and regulatory requirements

The Medical Physicist reports directly to the Chief Medical Physicist while providing leadership to other professionals and support staff. The Medical Physicist maintains a safe environment for patients, personnel, and visitors by facilitating regular Quality Assurance (QA) in radiation safety and regulatory requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide transparent insight to the Chief Medical Physicist on all aspects of treatment planning and treatment delivery within the inter-departments of the Radiation Therapy, Dosimetry, and Physicians.
  • Organize, prioritize, and work alongside other physics professionals and guide in the comprehensive medical physics duties pertaining to safely operating a proton radiotherapy clinic.
  • Help to establish and maintain Uniform Scanning (US) and Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) (SFO/MFO) protocols of processes and operations across all Medical Physics and Dosimetry activities in the departments.
  • Orient and train new employees or Maintain and encourage team building through a network of professionals in the Medical Physics field.
  • Oversee and perform daily, monthly, and annual QA for the beam-delivery, ion chambers, water phantoms, and imaging systems.
  • Monitor and conduct daily patient-specific QA within treatment rooms using ion chambers and IBA’s
  • Train and perform measurements or other evaluations as necessary to ensure accurate dose delivery for proton radiotherapy treatments.
  • Complete and maintain proper records of all required documentation relating to radiation treatment plans and equipment, QA, beam model, and calibration records.
  • Create and sustain up-to-date standard operating procedures to ensure adherence to compliance and other policies/procedures.
  • Instruct and perform with Eclipse | Varian computerized treatment plans and the flow of information or images between simulation, planning, and delivery.
  • Assist Chief Medical Physicists with facilitating the maintenance of proton radiotherapy quality assurance programs and the commissioning of proton therapy equipment.
  • Involvement in the center’s radiation protection activities in order to maintain the safety of Hampton Proton personnel and ensure compliance with local regulations.
  • Coordinate, distribute, and report measurable outcomes and continuous process improvement efforts to maximize productivity of the department(s).
  • Support and be involved in the physics research and development projects ongoing in the
  • Use independent judgment and apply learned methodologies according to established policy and
  • Uphold, maintain, and establish adequate protocols to ensure accurate patient
  • Effectively and in a timely manner communicate productivity challenges with upper
  • Assure the efficient operation of workflow within the department by performing other duties as assigned by the Chief Medical Physicist.
Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Eclipse | Varian treatment planning system and MOSAIQ Oncology Information System is highly
  • Experience in proton radiotherapy is highly preferred, but not
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret documents or outputs from the software computer
  • Successfully handles issues through conflict resolution, project management, and
  • Demonstrate the ability to be pro-active and have a sense of
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and high-quality results oriented with the ability to meet
  • Minor weightlifting (i.e., to handle aperture, compensator, QA devices, 25 – 50 lb.) required.
Requirements:
  • ABR certified or eligible to be obtained within 3 years of employment, and
  • PhD in physics or medical physics and 3 or more years of experience in clinical physics, or
  • MSc in physics or medical physics and 5 or more years of experience in clinical
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to work well within a
  • Intermediate to expert computer skills including computational scripting, C#, or JAVA programs in addition to the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Work schedule flexibility to work shifts from 6:30am to 3:30pm or 12:30pm to 9:30pm.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 403 (b)
  • 403 (b) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Work Location: In person

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