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University of Washington MEDICAL PHYSICIST in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 197831


Posting Date: 10/14/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience

Shift: First Shift

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The Department of Radiation Oncology of the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Seattle, WA invites applications for a position as a staff Medical Physicist with an intended start date in early 2022. The successful candidate will contribute to the clinical mission of the department in a vibrant group that includes 26 medical physicists, 30 physicians, and 14 residents in radiation oncology and medical physics. The medical physicist will report to the Director of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology with clinical service primarily at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC-Montlake) Seattle site of practice. At the University of Washington, equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to excellence. A core value of the institution mission is to honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote equity and inclusion. Department Overview: Based in Seattle, WA, the UW Department of Radiation Oncology treats over 2,600 patients annually from a multi-state catchment area that covers 25% of the U.S. geography. The U.S. News & World Report recognizes UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as #5 among the best hospitals for cancer in the United States. The department has 30 physician faculty, 26 physicist faculty and staff, 4 research faculty, 8 advanced practitioner faculty, 10 radiation oncology residents, and 4 medical physics residents with additional postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The UW system offers a complement of state-of-the-art technology from major vendors for the planning and delivery of radiotherapy, including IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, SBRT, SRS, SBRT, SGRT, IORT, TBI, IVB, HDR and LDR brachytherapy, GammaKnife, neutron, and proton therapy. Equipment additions in 2022 include the Ethos system (Varian Inc.) to enable advanced IGRT and adaptive radiotherapy. In addition to UWMC, radiation therapy services are distributed to 7 sites: University of Washington Medical Center-Montlake (UWMC-Montlake); Harborview Medical Center (HMC); Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA); UWMC-Northwest; SCCA Proton Therapy Center; Seattle Puget Sound VA Medical Center, and SCCA Peninsula Cancer Center. The department is also involved in pediatric cancer services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The department operates a two-year Therapeutic Medical Physics Residency program accredited by CAMPEP and trains other postdoctoral researchers. The UW Department of Radiation Oncology offers a complement of state-of-the-art technology from major vendors for the planning and delivery of radiotherapy with techniques including IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, SGRT, SRS, SBRT, IORT, TBI, HDR and LDR brachytherapy, GammaKnife, neutron, and proton therapy. Equipment additions in 2022 include the Ethos system (Varian Inc.) to enable advanced IGRT and adaptive radiotherapy. Primary responsibilities of the current position are to support the planning and delivery of radiotherapy including external beam, intravascular and LDR brachytherapy, and intra-operative radiotherapy, treatment planning, dosimetry, treatment verification, quality assurance, staff training and consults with other providers and patients. Specific duties include quality assurance of linear accelerators (20%), imaging equipment and brachytherapy equipment (10%), brachytherapy procedures for eye plaques and interstitial implants (10%), plan and chart review (30%), routine clinical support (20%), and commissioning, maintaining, and improving equipment (10%). The Medical Physicist must work in a team environment in support radiotherapy resources of the department that includes proton, neutron, photon and electron modalities, stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, brachytherapy and intraoperative radiotherapy. Requirements include:

  • Master's degree in medical physics or related field

  • 2 years' experience

  • Board Certified or Board eligibility in therapeutic radiological physics by the American Board of Radiology or equivalent

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Desired: The successful candidate will have excellent clinical medical physics skills, a commitment to safety and quality, and a willingness to take ownership of professional service. The candidate will have excellent teamwork and communication skills and the ability to explain complex problems to other professionals on the team. The successful candidate will also have an awareness and commitment toward maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Work Conditions:

  • Work is in a clinical environment As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. ( Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.