Physicist Job Description

Physicist Job Description

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Physicist provides radiation oncology physics services and coverage at all practice sites as needed, including HDR and LDR brachytherapy procedures.

Physicist Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Development of policy and procedures related to radiation safety and radiation oncology physics
Membership on applicable committees, such as the Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Committee, Radioactive Drug Research Committee, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee, Disaster Committee, Cancer Care Committee, and Institutional Review Board
Physics Planning & QA for Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy program
Physics QA, Calibration & treatment planning of High Dose Rate Remote After loading Brachy therapy program
Physics, planning, & delivery of all radioactive brachytherapy source procedures required in both Radiation Oncology & outside departments
Collaborate with radiation safety officer to achieve Federal and State Compliance associated with linear accelerators, x-ray producing devices (x-ray and CT simulators), and brachytherapy sources
Perform weekly continuing medical physics chart reviews
Provide radiation physics support related to dosimetry and quality assurance measurements on radiotherapy equipment including linear accelerators and CT simulators for patient specific QA, daily, monthly and annual QA
Provide radiation physics support for routine patient-specific QA procedures including initial and ongoing chart checks
Analyze and identify alternative methods to improve/optimize established equipment and design, processes and/or procedures

Physicist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Physicist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: ABR, DABR, III, DAWIA, CPR, ACR, AAMD, II, AAPM, HEUT

Education for Physicist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the physicist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Master's and Collage Degree in Physics, Medical, Education, Engineering, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Graduate, Science, Technical, Health

Skills for Physicist

Desired skills for physicist include:

Physics
Plasma physics
HDR
Nuclear engineering
Related field
Mathematics
Physiology
Radiation safety
Hydrodynamics
Health physics and radiation protection theory and practice

Desired experience for physicist includes:

Master's Degree in medical physicist or related scientific or engineering field
Proficient use of PC personal productivity tools including e-mail, word processing and spreadsheets
Proven communication, planning, interpersonal and analytical skills
Must be able pass background check and acquire a SECRET clearance
Considerable experience in the design, construction, execution and analysis of complex experiments
Knowledge of and experience conducting radiation dose assessments, to include dose reconstructions

Physicist Examples

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Physicist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of physicist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for physicist
  • Conduct advanced research in the study of the performance of LUX and LZ for dark matter and other physics searches
  • Write research proposals addressing Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics, targeting fundamental science funding from the DOE Office of Science
  • Development, implementation and supervision of quality control programs in the radiology or radiation oncology department
  • Supervision of the design and construction of patient treatment aids or special devices including blocks, compensators, molds
  • Research and development of new devices and modalities for improved therapeutic uses of radiation
  • Participation in clinical and translational research
  • Completes other duties to support departmental operations as assigned or requested by medical/administrative directors
  • Design verification, manufacturing testing, and customer testing for requirements related to image quality, system performance and radiation dose
  • Leads, plans and conducts major technical projects or major phases of significant technical projects, coordinating the efforts of technical support staff in the performance of assigned projects within time and budget constraints
  • Manages major proposals or major sections of large proposals
Qualifications for physicist
  • Knowledge of and experience conducting radiation dose assessments
  • Comprehensive knowledge of data collection and analysis techniques for x-ray and/or neutron scattering at scientific user facilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific programming/computing using Python
  • Experience with data analysis with multiple types of measurements is highly desirable
  • Candidates should have a degree in physical sciences and demonstrated skills in software development
  • The expected educational level and work experience includes a bachelor’s degree and 5+ years, or master’s degree and 3+ years, or a doctorate and 0 years
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Physicist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of physicist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for physicist
  • Provide oversight to the health and safety technicians on HP sampling, discipline action plan duties, and program concerns related to health physics
  • Lead independent work conducting applied physics research
  • Lead top quality research in relevant areas of physics and engineering
  • Performs a variety of medical physics services to include developing techniques used to standardize and calibrate imaging and therapy equipment
  • Performs acceptance testing, measurements, commissioning and ongoing quality assurance testing of linear accelerators, treatment planning systems, and physics equipment to establish accuracy and safety in accordance with hospital, state, federal, and accrediting body requirements
  • Responsible for the quality control program for all radiation producing equipment and radioactive materials, including calibrations
  • Perform daily, weekly, monthly, & annual Quality Assurance on all equipment
  • Implements and quality assures appropriate procedures for the planning and delivery of radiotherapy, including technical specifications / tolerances the flow of procedures entailed in the process, including the supervision and QC review of treatment plans and dose calculations
  • Consult with Radiation Oncologist concerning therapy patients requiring treatment planning procedures
  • Determine technical specifications for selection of new equipment, supervising the installation of new equipment, performing acceptance testing upon completed installation, and measuring performance parameters to ensure the accurate clinical implementation of new equipment
Qualifications for physicist
  • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring quality assurance programs in the applicable medical physics subspecialty
  • Good communication skills, demonstrated customer service skills and willingness to be part of a team
  • General knowledge of computers and their applications in radiation oncology
  • This level of scientific knowledge and sophistication required is normally associated with a Ph.D
  • ABR board certification in Therapeutical Radiological Physics or board eligible
  • Demonstrated success in functioning within an advanced development team (may include academic experience)
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Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of physicist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for physicist
  • Clinical application of therapy equipment (provide medical physics consultations for patient treatment planning
  • Oversee department quality assurance programs and radiation safety
  • Assists the Director of Medical Physics with determining technical specifications for selection of new equipment, supervising the installation of new equipment, performing acceptance testing upon completed installation, and measuring performance parameters to ensure the accurate clinical implementation of new equipment
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Medical Physics to assess potential and confirmed new clinical sites to determine the current state of the center(s) and appropriate equipment and process improvements
  • Eclipse and Fastplan planning
  • Performs some 3D conformal, VMAT, IMRT and SBRT treatment planning
  • Acts in compliance with federal, state, and Joint Commission standards
  • Provide instruction to and act as a resource for Radiation Therapists, Radiation Oncologists, Nurses, Dosimetrists, as needed for education of new procedures, reinforcing with annual competency to provide treatment safety
  • Promote and support respectful workplace culture, strive to enhance communication across treatment team
  • Promote ethical business practice, transparency, compliance in all interactions inside and outside the organization
Qualifications for physicist
  • Considerable knowledge of synchrotron radiation, x-ray optics, detectors and precision instrumentation
  • Ability to integrate and analyze information from multiple and diverse sources, to identify technical problems, to develop solutions and to communicate work direction and strategies
  • The level of scientific knowledge and sophistication required is normally associated with a Ph.D
  • Experience with simulation and modeling tools, GATE, Simulink
  • Medical image reconstruction knowledge relevant to the position, , PET, SPECT, CT
  • Demonstrable clear oral communication, well-organized documentation skills
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of physicist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for physicist
  • Conduct research in a range of areas in optics and photonics including sensing properties of air guided optical fiber (hollow core), optically pumped vapors for magnetic sensors, and distributed fiber optic sensing and fiber optic interferometry
  • Include devising and conducting experiments, data acquisition and analysis, presentation of results, grant writing and interfacing with sponsors
  • Work in a results-oriented team and to conduct applied experimental research in the field of analog and microwave photonics
  • Involve conducting experiments, analyzing data, and formal and informal presentation of results
  • Train other staff on new techniques and procedures
  • Collaboration and support on related outside of expertise projects
  • Provide independent assessment on corporate and station performance in radiological protection programs and activities
  • Provide technical evaluation of programs and offer solutions and/or recommendations for compliance or new technology concepts implementation
  • Conduct field experiments to determine the performance of electro-optical and infrared sensors
  • Perform transmission measurements on optical devices
Qualifications for physicist
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 10+ years of experience OR Master’s Degree with 8+ years of experience OR PhD with 5+ years of experience
  • 3 or more years of current and relevant health physics experience or chemical risk assessment studies
  • Able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret security clearance as a condition of employment
  • Physically capable of performing the essential job functions of a health physicist at a work site while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), to include respiratory protection
  • Expertise in analysis of optical survey measurements
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience leading scientific and technical research team consisting of 3-5 people
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Physicist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of physicist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for physicist
  • Calibrate all beams on all accelerators and HDR source on a monthly basis, after repairs and whenever morning checks are out of line to ensure safe and accurate treatment for all patients
  • Fulfill all duties involved as radiation safety officer
  • Assemble the measurement system, acquire the data, and assist in the reduction and analysis of the data
  • Write periodic progress reports
  • Design and implement new analysis techniques for identification and characterization of low-recoil ionization and scintillation signals in LUX, LZ and in small-scale argon and xenon test-beds at LLNL
  • Mentor students and postdoctoral researchers
  • Ensures that all radiation oncology treatment and simulation machines, and all sealed brachytherapy sources, are correctly calibrated according to accepted protocols
  • Assists the Chief and Staff Physicists with determining technical specifications for selection of new equipment, supervising the installation of new equipment, performing acceptance testing upon completed installation, and measuring performance parameters to ensure the accurate clinical implementation of new equipment
  • Assists with the implementation and quality assurance of appropriate procedures for the planning and delivery of radiotherapy, including technical specifications / tolerances the flow of procedures entailed in the process (including supervision and QC review of treatment plans and dose calculations)
  • Assists with the management of a comprehensive system for error prevention, including a method to learn from incidents (including “near misses”) with a focus on improving the process to minimize the risk of future incidents
Qualifications for physicist
  • Experience working with RF hardware/instrumentation (network analyzers, arbitrary waveform generators, antennas, ), particularly Agilent PNA/PNA-X network analyzers and dielectric measurement systems (coaxial probes, millimeter wave extenders)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and obtain a DoD Secret clearance
  • Must be able to obtain both TSA and DHS suitability
  • Knowledge in physics and applications of HTS
  • Experience in design, manufacture and commissioning of superconducting magnets
  • Considerable knowledge in thermodynamics and heat transfer is a plus

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