Lead Physicist - Full Time, Days

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/7/2024 4:10 PM)
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New Position Type
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Job Description

Be a part of a world-class academic healthcare system at UChicago Medicine as a Physicist, Lead with our Medical Physics Team at our Harvey, Illinois location.


The Physicist, Lead is responsible for providing comprehensive, efficient, effective and safe radiation oncology physics support which includes quality assurance testing, dosimetry, and calibration of radiation therapy equipment, efficient and effective equipment management, 3D external beam treatment planning and special physics procedures, implementation of new clinical procedures and technology including image guided radiation therapy, supervision of dosimetry and other technical staff. The Physicist, Lead insures compliance with all relevant legal requirements, standards, and codes of practice, and contributes to training and education within the Service. 


Eligible for up to $10,000 hiring bonus! 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintains dosimetry on linear accelerators, sealed sources, CT and planning systems to meet the regulatory requirements.
  • Ensures that all equipment meets the accepted standards and codes of practice.
  • Maintains dosimetry for sealed and unsealed sources for brachytherapy.
  • Ensures that the treatment checking protocol is met
  • Assists with the ongoing development and maintain a suitable quality assurance program covering all aspects of radiation oncology.
  • Ensures that the quality assurance program meets the codes of safe practice currently in use from the (Illinois Department of Public Health, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiology, etc).
  • Ensures adequate supervision of technical staff undertaking quality assurance program.
  • Performs complex treatment planning, such as radiosurgery, brachytherapy and other special planning.
  • Manages purchase, inventory and quality assurance of radioactive sources.
  • Continues to develop procedures and protocols to further enhance current and new equipment.
  • Utilizes relevant research findings where appropriate and participate in clinical development activities when required.
  • Participates in new equipment evaluation, acceptance testing, and in the implementation of new procedures and technologies in the clinic.
  • Ensures that the regulatory requirements are met and maintained to maintain high standards of radiation safety for personnel and equipment.
  • Advises on all aspects of radiation safety to ensure that personnel are following the appropriate standards, equipment is operated within safe guidelines, and installation of new equipment meets the regulations and manufacturers specifications.
  • Supervises the work of dosimetrist, reviews and evaluates treatment plans generated by dosimetry staff.
  • Makes recommendations to Radiation Oncologist on effective and safe patient treatment approaches.
  • Participates in peer and self appraisal, keeps up to date with current trends in medical physics and radiation oncology works and imparts this knowledge where relevant.
  • Participates in own regular ongoing education, undertakes education sessions for health and education groups in particular for Dosimetrists, Radiation Therapists, Nursing, and Maintenance staff. Takes responsibility for self-directed and self-initiated learning.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Masters of Science or a PhD degree in Medical Physics or a closely related field in science or engineering.
  • A minimum of seven year work experience in radiation oncology.
  • Well developed organizational, interpersonal skills, and communication skills.
  • Board certification by the American Board of Medical Physics or the American Board of Radiology, in Therapeutic Radiological Physics or in a closely related specialty.
  • Meet the registration requirements of 32 Illinois Administrative code section 410 for Therapeutic Radiological Physicists and be registered as an approved Therapeutic Radiological Physicist with the State of Illinois


Position Details:

  • Job Type/FTE: Full Time (1.0 FTE)
  • Shift: Days – 8 hour shift
  • Unit/Department: Medical Physics 
  • CBA Code: Non-Union


Must comply with UCMC’s COVID-19 Vaccination requirement as a condition of employment. If you have already received the vaccination, you must provide proof as part of the pre-employment process. This is in addition to your compliance with the Flu Vaccination requirement as well. Medical and religious exemptions will be considered consistent with applicable law. Lastly, a pre-employment physical, drug screening, and background check are also required for all employees prior to hire.


Why Join Us

We’ve been at the forefront of medicine since 1899. We provide superior healthcare with compassion, always mindful that each patient is a person, an individual. To accomplish this, we need employees with passion, talent and commitment… with patients and with each other. We’re in this together: working to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and move our collective knowledge forward. If you’d like to add enriching human life to your profile, The University of Chicago Medicine is for you. Here at the forefront, we’re doing work that really matters. Join us. Bring your passion.


Bring your career to the next level at a hospital that is thriving; from patient satisfaction to employee engagement, we are at the Forefront of Medicine. Take advantage of all we have to offer and #BringYourPassiontotheForefront.

University of Chicago Medicine is growing; discover how you can be a part of this pursuit of excellence at: www.uchospitals.edu/jobs 


The University of Chicago Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.


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