As a leading Cancer Center in the United States, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals to achieve a common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
This is a full-time position with an appointment as Instructor, Assistant or Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
The Nuclear Medicine Physicist's responsibilities will include the development and supervision of a comprehensive quality control (QC) program for PET/CT, SPECT/CT and nuclear medicine imaging. Responsibilities will also include physics support for e clinical patient care and clinical trials in nuclear medicine.
The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will provide physics support for the Department of Imaging's research activities and will initiate and participate in multi-disciplinary research efforts. The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will be expected to develop physics research projects for presentation at national meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The Nuclear Medicine Physicist, under the direction of the nuclear medicine Clinical Director, will advise on and implement clinical and research protocols for PET/CT, SPECT/CT, nuclear medicine imaging and nuclear medicine therapy. The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will research and evaluate new technologies and development for nuclear medicine imaging, PET/CT, and SPECT/CT systems, and hot lab equipment, and will advise the Clinical Director and the Modality Manager on implementing new technology and equipment for clinical and research use.
The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will provide physics support for PET/CT, SPECT/CT, nuclear medicine imaging and therapy as the qualified medical physicist under a comprehensive QC program. The comprehensive QC program will cover all modalities within the Nuclear Medicine Division of the Department of Imaging at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The QC program will include initial acceptance testing, calibration, QC testing, preventative maintenance, physicist evaluation and performance review of the hardware, software, and electronic display and ancillary devices of all PET/CT SPECT/CT, and nuclear medicine imaging equipment, dose assaying equipment and dose infusion equipment in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. The QC program will also meet nationally and internationally recognized quality standards, including the requirements for imaging program certification and accreditation by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will provide frontline support for emergent issues with the imaging system performance and data networks, in collaboration with the equipment and software vendor's or manufacturer's technical service team, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute information technology managers, and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Partners PACS network managers. The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will collaborate with the information technology manager to design, implement, test and certify archiving strategies for integrating nuclear medicine images and data into the data networks.
The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will participate in training technologists and professional staff the technical aspects of imaging protocols and QC testing procedures, as needed to achieve highest image quality and confidence in the results of imaging studies. The Nuclear Medicine Physicist will teach physicians, technologists and trainees the physics and technical aspects of the PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and nuclear medicine systems, and will be expected to participate in lecturing and teaching of formal training and continuing education programs provided by the Department of Imaging.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead the evaluation and supervision of a comprehensive nuclear medicine, SPECT/CT and PET/CT quality control (QC) program
Develop technical protocols for clinical and clinical research imaging techniques
Lead nuclear medicine and/or SPECT/CT and/or PET/CT related projects to develop and share cutting-edge and novel techniques, best practices, and scanner performance
Work with Radiation Safety Officer, Nuclear Medicine Manager and the department's Quality Safety and Compliance specialist to ensure compliance with applicable and regulatory agencies
Work with the Clinical Director, Radiation Safety Officer and Nuclear Medicine Manager to ensure the highest level of safety for patients and staff
Work with technical staff, peers, and vendors to monitor and optimize scanner performance
Address technical quality and scanner performance issues as they arise and develop preventative measures
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
PhD or equivalent in physics, engineering, medical physics or biomedical imaging
American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification in Nuclear Medical Physics, or American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (ABSNM) certification in Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation,
or Canadian College of Physicists (CCPM) certification in Nuclear Medicine Physics,
ABR certification in Diagnostic Medical Physics, only if already meeting all board eligibility requirements for Nuclear Medical Physics certification, which includes but is not limited to documentation of ABR or ABSNM approval to sit for certification final exam in nuclear medical physics specialty within the next year or completion of an accredited fellowship training or residency program in nuclear medical physics
Two to three years of experience in PET/CT and general nuclear medicine in a hospital setting
Two years of documented experience performing physics testing and annual surveys of PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and Gamma camera imaging systems
Established track record of research publications, preferably in cancer research using nuclear medicine and/or SPECT/CT and/or PET/CT
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Nuclear medical physics specialty board certification and meeting all Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements
Proven track record in research
Ability to establish independent research
Interest in collaboration with radiochemists in development of new radiotracers for cancer imaging
Interest in personalized dosimetry
Interest and ability to teach in the nuclear medicine training program
Documented programming skills and competency in programming languages
Ability to communicate and collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team
Database management skills
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.