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Job Code: 1919
Job Level: 93
Revised Date: 03/01/2020
Job Family: JF 10

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Occupational Summary

Provide technical support in the design of treatment facility, the selection of treatment devices, and the development of treatment plans for patients undergoing radiation therapy; implement and monitor the technical processes for patient imaging, planning, quality assurance, delivery, and assessment; develop and maintain established policies, procedures, objectives, quality measurement, and safety; perform clinical research as required.

Work Performed

Perform calibration and QA for treatment machines and other supporting equipment/services.

Perform IMRT/VMAT, SRS/SBRT, and 3 D conformal treatment planning and perform patient specific QA.

Perform treatment planning and QAs for brachytherapy and other treatment procedures.

Consult physicians for the optimization of treatment planning.

Work and consult with other physics, physician, dosimetry, therapist, and administrative staff in the implementation of new QA and treatment procedures and protocols.

Provide support for institutional and national clinical trials.

Participate in chart checking, chart rounds, as well as implementation of electronic medical record.

Develop and implement QA procedures for all aspects of treatment devices and procedures.

Assist in radiation safety programs at designated facilities and perform accelerator radiation safety officer duties as assigned.

Provide support for shielding calculation and AU license applications, etc.

Participate in all medical physics related clinical training activities.

Facilitate and implement physics activities for any new initiatives as assigned.

Participate in the education of physicians, physics residents and medical students, and medical physics graduate students.

Set up onsite and remote educational/training programs for staff (physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, and therapists) continuing education and teaching patient cases and treatment planning together with physician faculty.

Provide consultation related to equipment selection, implementation, and quality assurance.

Develop clinical and technical procedures, and/or standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Implement new technologies and new treatment procedures.

Perform acceptance testing, commissioning of treatment machines and measurement devices.

Supervise technical aspects of dosimetrists and technicians activities as required.

Investigate equipment performance, organize quality control practices, design radiation installations, and implement controls for medical radiation hazards.

Maintain required electronic medical records, reports and files; collect necessary statistics.

Assist in State accelerator and radioactive materials inspections.

Provide support to clinical and academic missions.

Provide guidance to graduate students and medical physics and physician residents.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Minimum of Master's degree from a CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program, Inc.) certified medical physics program OR PhD degree in Physics, Engineering, Biosciences, Radiological Sciences, or related field with certification from a CAMPEP certified program for therapeutic medical physics.


Successful completion of two year clinical residency training in radiation therapy physics from a CAMPEP certified program.

Board certification in the field of therapeutic medical physics by American Board of Radiology, or equivalent as defined by American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) within 3 years after completing the residency training

Ability to work flexible hours and travel



Knowledge and experience of using 2D x ray imaging, CT, MRI, and US and image fusion using both rigid and deformable techniques.

Knowledge and experience of 4D imaging, motion management techniques and their applications in treatment planning and delivery

Knowledge and practical applications of using radiation biology and protection

Knowledge and experience of using major treatment planning systems and patient information systems for all kinds of treatment planning

Knowledge and experience of performing all aspects of therapy physics QAs

Knowledge and experience of acceptance testing and commissioning for treatment machines and measurement devices

Experience in supervising/teaching trainees

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Knowledge of software development is preferred

Research and publication experience is a plus

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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