Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is one of the worlds premier cancer centers, committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The blending of research with patient care is at the heart of everything we do. The institution is a Comprehensive Cancer Center whose purposes are the treatment and control of cancer, the advancement of biomedical knowledge through laboratory and clinical research, and the training of scientists, physicians and other health care workers.
An opening is now available for a postdoctoral position working on a project entitled Physics simulations for interstitial brachytherapy with recoil short-lived alpha emitting devices under the direction of Dr. Antonio Damato. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in physics, nuclear engineering or mathematics, have working experience with mathematical modeling (e.g. finite elements, Monte Carlo), and be proficient in certain programming language such as Python, MATLAB and C/C++. Experience in modelling diffusion-convection processes is a plus. The research will focus on developing, evaluating, and implementing numerical solutions leading to dose calculation from a novel brachytherapy device releasing locally elements emitting alpha-radiation. The candidate will work closely with medical physicists with assistance from computer scientists in developing the methods. There will also be great opportunity for the candidate to get firsthand knowledge & experiences with brachytherapy and clinical medical physics. This is a full-time two-year appointment.
For the right candidate, an opportunity to join a combined four-year hybrid research/residency program in Therapeutic Medical Physics in the Department of Medical Physics is available. Details of the residency program can be found at https://www.mskcc.org/hcp-education-training/residencies/residency-therapeutic-medical-physics. The successful candidate will be compensated according to the MSKCC standard rates based upon experience. Specifics information on employee benefits offered may be found at https://careers.mskcc.org/learn-about-msk/benefits/.
The Department of Medical Physics consists of over seventy faculty physicists and computer scientists plus support staff working on various physical problems related to diagnosis and therapy for cancer. MSKCC has a large, cutting edge program in all aspects of radiation oncology physics that seeks to improve the clinical effectiveness of radiation therapy in partnership with radiation oncologists, radiologists and other medical professionals. Many new programs in radiation therapy research and development are ongoing, including: the development and clinical use of predictive models using machine learning/AI for treatment planning, improved treatment planning optimization algorithms, integration of MR and PET imaging into radiotherapy decision making and treatment planning, 4D imaging and motion management, the use of Deep Learning and AI for image analysis and tissue segmentations, and the development of informatics-based adaptive radiotherapy processes (www.mskcc.or/departments/medical-physics). Medical physics resources include twenty-nine linear accelerators, one combined treatment room-MRI-Linac system, six HDR units, CT, PET/CT and MRI simulators, and state of the art inter- and intra-fractional imaging and motion management capabilities. We also have access to robust high performance and GPU computing. We are also partners with the New York Proton Center, that houses one cyclotron, three rotational gantry treatment rooms, one fixed beam treatment room, one research beam room, PET/CT, two CTs, two MRIs, related clinical support space. We have a
strong philosophy that all facilities will provide outstanding treatment quality as well as contribute to the overall mission of MSKCC to advance the state of cancer care.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and list of three references via e-mail to:
Christopher J. Watchman, PhD, DABR
Education Director and Associate Attending Physicist
At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes. For the 28th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.