Assistant or Associate Professor (03-317-167): The Department of Radiation Oncology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is recruiting for a faculty proton physicist at the assistant or associate level.
The successful candidate will work at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC). Duties will include all physics-related aspects of clinical patient care: e.g. machine commissioning, daily, monthly and annual quality assurance and management, chart checks, treatment planning and verification. The faculty member for this position will also participate in academic research in proton therapy and participate in educational programs including mentoring physics and medical residents, the dosimetry student, the MPTC Proton Training School and other didactic courses and workshops organized at MPTC
Candidates must have a Ph.D. and board certification/eligibility. Strong background and experience in proton therapy is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to ongoing research projects. Expected rank for this position will be Assistant Professor or higher; however, final rank and tenure status will be commensurate with selected candidate’s experience.
Facility and Equipment
The MPTC is equipped with a Varian ProBeam system with four gantry rooms, each equipped with a cone-beam CT, and a fixed beam room. The center has a dual energy CT scanner, a Siemens 1.5 T MRI scanner, and a microwave-based deep hyperthermia unit. The first patient was treated in February of 2016, and since then more than 2000 patients have been treated. Other in-room technologies include surface imaging and breath-hold gating. This state-of-the-art facility is currently staffed with 8 medical physics faculty, 3 physics assistants, and 12 dosimetrists.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland provides a full range of clinical services at the University of Maryland Medical Center and its 5 well-integrated community programs, including the Maryland Proton Treatment Center. All practice sites are connected via a telemedicine network facilitating frequent interactions between facilities. The Department of Radiation Oncology’s clinical program consists of 23 physicians inclusive of fellows and physician scientists. The main academic patient care facility is located at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in downtown Baltimore, within the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. The MPTC is located in the University of Maryland’s BioPark and is within easy walking distance to the University’s Medical Center. The department’s clinical program includes 10 linear accelerators, 5 multi-slice large bore CT simulators with 4D capabilities, 2 HDR units, a Gamma Knife; and active programs in conformal radiotherapy, IMRT, IGRT, Hyperthermia Therapy, Brachytherapy and SRS/SBRT. In addition, there are several campus-wide shared resources including small-animal imaging CT, PET and MRI scanners.
The Medical Physics Division is currently comprised of 25 faculty physicists, 24 dosimetrists, 3 physics residents, 9 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, 4 system administrators, and 2 application programmers. Basic research is organized through an extremely well-funded Division of Translational Radiation Sciences (DTRS), which has 16 dedicated research faculty members with grant-funded programs in aspects of cellular responses to DNA damage and molecular biology, as well as preclinical in vivo models of radiation effects on normal tissue. The Division of Medical Physics has research space co-located with DTRS, resources include overall office and lab space of 19,197 sq. ft. inclusive of 1,000 sq. ft. machine shop.
The proton center is located in downtown Baltimore, close to the Inner Harbor waterfront, professional sports stadiums a myriad of museums, musical and arts venues. In addition, Washington DC with all its cultural, historic and entertainment options is only a short car ride or train ride away.
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
Opened in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service.
The School of Medicine is one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.
The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th-highest public medical school in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world.