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Columbia University Assistant / Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology (Physics) at CUIMC in New York, New York

The Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is seeking an Assistant / Associate Professor, with the opportunity to affiliate clinical medical physics practice within the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC). HICCC, is one of 71 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers provides cancer care services within New York City, Lawrence and the Hudson Valley and is dedicated to an integrated, patient-focused approach to cancer research, treatment, support, prevention, education and outreach. Qualified candidates may be appointed within the Department of Radiation Oncology, CUIMC of Columbia University at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level, commensurate with their degree, clinical and/or academic standing.

Department Description

Technical clinical operations of the ACR-accredited Department of Radiation Oncology are currently supported by seven (7) board-certified Medical Physicists (4 Ph.D.; 3 M.S.) and 4.5 board-certified Dosimetrists. Additional personnel are expected to be recruited to the group in the upcoming months. The New York City location is equipped with four (4) linear accelerators: a Varian Trilogy, Varian TrueBeam, Siemens Artiste (soon to be replaced with a second Varian TrueBeam) and Siemens Artiste with CT on rails. In addition, a Varian Ethos adaptive radiotherapy system will be installed within the Department, Summer 2021. All systems support IGRT via CBCT / kV and/or MV on-board imaging. Varian Optical Surface Monitoring and RPM/RGSC systems are utilized for DIBH and respiratory gated treatments, respectively. A wide variety of technology facilitating special procedures are housed in the Department: Elekta Icon GammaKnife for intracranial radiosurgery, Zeiss IntraBeam for intraoperative radiotherapy, Best Novoste for vascular brachytherapy. Varian solutions are used to provide routine high dose-rate (gynecological, intracavitary and interstitial) as well as low dose-rate (prostate) brachytherapy treatments. The Department utilizes a GE LightSpeed and a Siemens Somatom dual-energy CT for patient simulation. The Department’s two (2) satellites facilities house an Accuray TomoTherapy system, an additional Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator and on-site CT or PET/CT simulation capabilities. Treatment planning systems include Varian Eclipse and Varian BrachyVision / VariSeed. Varian Velocity is used for deformable image registrations and RadCalc for secondary dose calculations. Varian’s ARIA suite serves as the Department’s record and verify system.

Specific Duties

  • Clinical

Successful candidates will be responsible for the precise and accurate delivery of radiation treatment plans and the safety of patients and treatment staff, providing clinical radiation therapy physics services for the Department’s EBRT, IMRT, IGRT, SRS, SBRT, HDR and LDR brachytherapy programs. Routine clinical medical physics services include chart checking, machine calibrations, physician consult, and ongoing quality assurance. Successful candidates will also oversee / assist with new equipment acceptance and commissioning, dosimetric data acquisition, SRS and brachytherapy treatment planning, and clinical personnel training. The clinical activities of satellite facilities are supported by the Department’s Physics group and candidates will be expected to provide coverage at these sites as needed. Creating a safe and efficient clinical operation is of paramount importance to Department leadership and, as such, a successful candidate will be expected to participate in initiatives promoting these standards; e.g., procedural and workflow quality improvement projects utilizing Lean principles.

  • Education

Candidates are expected to be actively involved in a wide range of teaching duties within the Department and Medical School. This includes participation in the didactic and clinical training of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Residents.

  • Research

Qualified applicants will be eligible for faculty appointment in a research or clinician educator track at a level commensurate with research experience and publication record. Predicated on the desired track of faculty appointment, candidates will be afforded resources to facilitate clinically-applicable / translational research within the Department as well as in collaboration with researchers both within the Medical School and across disciplines throughout Columbia University.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates for this position must have; (1) a Ph.D. in medical physics or strongly-related field and (2) be ABR/ABMP board certified or board eligible in therapeutic medical physics. Ideally, board certified candidates will have a minimum of two (2) years clinical experience within an academic clinical environment. A strong preference is for those candidates who (1) hold a degree from a CAMPEP-accredited Graduate Program in Medical Physics, (2) have experience teaching and mentoring Medical Physics graduate students and residents and/or (3) have a strong record of medical physics-related research leadership, evidenced by lead roles on peer-reviewed publications as well as externally funded grants or successful industry partnerships.

Preferred Skill/Competency

The ideal candidate should have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong technical skills, and a commitment to exemplary clinical practice and teaching.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran