The Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt School of Medicine is seeking an additional Faculty Medical Physicist to join the Department of Radiation Oncology, with the opportunity to affiliate clinical medical physics practice with the Vanderbilt Medical Group as staff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). VICC, one of 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers provides cancer care services throughout the Greater Nashville area and is dedicated to an integrated, patient-focused approach to cancer research, treatment, support, prevention, education and outreach.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is currently staffed with twelve (12) board-certified Medical Physicists (8 faculty & 4 staff) and five (5) board-certified Dosimetrists. The Downtown Nashville location is equipped with four (4) Varian linear accelerators: a Trilogy, Novalis Tx, and two (2) TrueBeams. All accelerators feature kV on-board imaging as well as MV portal imaging. The Novalis Tx system is additionally equipped with BrainLab’s ExacTrac image guidance system. A Varian Optical Surface Monitoring System is utilized for DIBH treatments on both TrueBeam systems. Our three (3) satellite facilities house a total of four (4) Varian linear accelerators (mix of TrueBeam and 21-series machines) and are located within a 50-mile radius of the main facility in Nashville proper. Additional clinical equipment includes four (4) 4DCT-capable, large bore CT simulators; a Varian VariSource HDR system (gynecological, intracavitary and interstitial); an Axxent Xoft electronic brachytherapy system for intraoperative APBI, and an intraoperative LDR seed implant program (prostate and eye plaque). Treatment planning systems include Varian Eclipse, BrainLab iPlan, and Varian BrachyVision / VariSeed. The Department also utilizes MIM Maestro for deformable image registrations and RadCalc as its secondary dose calculation engine. ImageOwl’s TotalQA system is utilized for network implementation of equipment quality assurance standardization and trend analysis. Additional web-based, in-house developed dashboards and workflow management are currently being implemented at all VUMC sites. Sun Nuclear is the Department's preferred vendor for QA equipment. Varian’s ARIA suite serves as the Department’s record and verify system and VUMC uses the EPIC platform for electronic medical record management.
Specific Job Related Duties
Successful candidates will be responsible for the precise and accurate delivery of radiation treatment plans and the safety of patients and treatment staff, providing clinical radiation therapy physics services for the Department’s EBRT, IMRT, IGRT, SRS, SBRT, HDR and LDR brachytherapy programs. Routine clinical medical physics services include chart checking, machine calibrations, physician consultations, and ongoing quality assurance. Successful candidates will also oversee / assist with new equipment acceptance and commissioning, dosimetric data acquisition, SRS and brachytherapy treatment planning, and clinical personnel training. The clinical activities of satellite facilities are supported by the Department’s integrated Physics and Dosimetry groups and candidates will be expected to provide coverage at these sites as needed. Creating a safe and efficient clinical operation is of paramount importance to Department leadership and, as such, a successful candidate will be expected to participate in initiatives promoting these standards;e.g.procedural and workflow quality improvement projects utilizing principles.
Candidates are expected to be actively involved in a wide range of teaching duties within the Department and Medical School. This includes participation in the didactic and clinical training of Radiation Oncology Medical Residents as well as Medical Physics Residents, the first pair expected to matriculate in the summer of 2019. There are opportunities of research mentorship for Medical Physics Graduate Students in our CAMPEP-accredited MS program as well as our soon-to-be established PhD degree in Medical Physics (2020).
Qualified applicants will be eligible for faculty appointment in the clinician educator track at a level commensurate with research experience and publication record. Predicated on the desired track of faculty appointment, candidates will be afforded resources to facilitate clinically-applicable / translational research within the Department as well as in collaboration with researchers both within the Medical School and across disciplines throughout Vanderbilt University. Candidates with research experience in the areas of (1) adaptive planning, (2) biological treatment planning optimization, (3) automated treatment planning (photon & proton) and/or (4) model/algorithm-based segmentation are highly desirable.
Please feel free to contact Mich Price, Ph.D., Vice Chair and Chief of Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) to coordinate a visit to the Department while attending the AAPM Annual Meeting in Nashville.
Successful candidates for this position must have; (1) a Ph.D. in medical physics, physics, engineering, or related physical science, (2) be ABR/ABMP board certified or board eligible in therapeutic medical physics. A preference is for those candidates who (1) hold a degree from a CAMPEP-accredited Graduate Program in Medical Physics, (2) have experience teaching and mentoring Medical Physics graduate students and residents and/or (3) have a strong record of medical physics-related research leadership, evidenced by lead roles on peer-reviewed publications as well as externally funded grants or successful industry partnerships.
The ideal candidate has excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong technical skills, and a commitment to exemplary clinical practice, research and teaching.
About Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Its reputation for excellence in each of these areas has made Vanderbilt a major patient referral center for the Mid-South. Each year, people throughout Tennessee and the Southeast choose Vanderbilt for their health care needs, not only because of its excellence in medical science, but also because the faculty and staff are dedicated to treating patients with dignity and compassion. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.