The Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a medical physicist to join its faculty. Appointment rank will be based on experience and record of academic productivity and publications.
The department is focused on research and treatment of pediatric patients with an emphasis on the treatment of brain, musculoskeletal, and solid tumors. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest in proton therapy and developing new methods of targeting, treatment planning, delivery, and toxicity modeling. There are opportunities for collaborations with investigators in a number of cancer center programs. The position includes a significant commitment of resources allowing for protected research time and support.
The department currently supports four full-time medical physics faculty, six clinical physicists, three dosimetrists, two medical physics assistants and dedicated engineering, information systems, and research staff, inclusive of research scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical research associates. The department includes five full-time pediatric radiation oncologists and supportive nursing and therapy teams. The department is one of the largest pediatric radiation oncology facilities in the world and treats approximately 300 children, adolescents, and young adults each year.
The department has 45,000 square feet of clinical space that includes a dedicated clinic, treatment planning, therapy, and anesthesia support. There are two linear accelerator systems with image-guidance, a HDR/fluoroscopy suite, and multiple imaging platforms (Spectral CT, PET/CT, 1.5T MR and 3.0T MR) dedicated to treatment planning and on-treatment assessment. The St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center includes a synchrotron, high-energy beam transport, two gantry rooms and a fixed beam room. Each room is equipped with high-precision patient positioning, volumetric image-guidance systems, and dedicated scanning nozzles.
The proton therapy center is the first in the world dedicated solely to the treatment of children with cancer.
Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a letter outlining their career plans and interests, and the names of three references directly online, or send to:
Thomas E. Merchant, D.O, Ph.D. Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 210 Memphis, TN 38105 (901) 595-3604
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in medical physics, engineering, or related physical science. Certification in radiation oncology physics by ABR/ABMP/CCPM or eligibility for certification is highly desired. Foreign equivalencies for these qualifications may be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest in proton therapy and developing new methods of targeting, treatment planning, delivery, and toxicity modeling.