The University of Iowa is seeking a Medical Physicist for a faculty appointment in the Medical Physics Division of the Department of Radiation Oncology. A successful Ph.D. candidate will be appointed on the tenure or non-tenure clinical track at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor, and a successful M.S.-prepared candidate will be appointed as a faculty associate. The medical physicist will join thirteen faculty medical physicists, eleven radiation oncologists, seven radiation oncology residents, two medical physics residents, one faculty engineer, seven dosimetrists, two systems administrators, and one staff engineer. Responsibilities will include a broad range of clinical service, teaching and research based on the candidate's interests and qualifications.
We are seeking an individual who desires to participate in the standard duties found in a well-rounded radiation therapy program and who also has a strong interest in keV-energy-range x-ray therapy including brachytherapy. The Department has a strong and diverse brachytherapy program, with a Varian VariSource high-dose-rate brachytherapy afterloader, prostate seed implants, eye plaque implants, and intra-operative breast radiation therapy using the Zeiss IntraBeam system. A Siemens MAGNETOM Trio 3T MRI scanner is in the Department across the hall from the high-dose-rate brachytherapy suite and tandem-and-ovoid treatments are delivered under MR-guidance as the standard of care. A new high-dose-rate brachytherapy afterloader and a new MR scanner are anticipated to be purchased and installed within the next few years, and the successful candidate will play a key role in the resulting technical renovation of the high-dose-rate brachytherapy program. Brachytherapy treatment planning is performed using the Varian VariSeed and BrachyVision high-dose-rate brachytherapy treatment planning software.
The Department has a well-established external beam radiation therapy program, with two Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators, one Siemens Oncor linear accelerator, an Elekta Gamma Knife Icon, and a new Elekta Unity MRI linear accelerator that went live in May of 2019. The Department is equipped with a 4-D Siemens Biograph PET/CT scanner, a mobile C-arm imager for fluoroscopy, optical and infra-red non-ionizing image guidance systems, and three 6-degree-of-freedom robotic patient positioning systems. Specialized capabilities include 4D imaging/treatment planning/delivery, frame-based and frameless stereotactic radiosurgery, and flattening-filter-free stereotactic body radiation therapy with gated 3D-CRT, IMRT, or VMAT. Departmental software includes the Mosaiq oncology information system, Philips Pinnacle and Elekta Monaco treatment planning systems, Epic electronic medical record system, and the Varian Velocity image registration and dose accumulation software. The medical physics group also provides coverage at four partner sites, one with an Elekta VersaHD linear accelerator and three with Varian linear accelerators.
The Department has three divisions: The Radiation Oncology Clinic, the Medical Physics division, and the Ph.D.-granting Free Radical Radiation Biology division. The Department has a successful research program and has multiple investigators funded with NIH R01 grants, a U01 grant on image-guided cancer therapies, and a program project grant (P01) on the use of pharmacological ascorbate (vitamin C) for cancer therapy. An XStrahl Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP) completed installation in 2019, enabling cone-beam-CT-guided radiation therapy research using small animals at the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging facility, which opened in 2014. The Department has developed highly productive interdisciplinary collaborations that have resulted in federal research funding in multiple other departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology. Applicants with research interests that significantly contribute to the overall departmental academic effort are strongly encouraged to apply.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.