• Medical Physicist

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/31/2018 1:47 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview


    To provide clinical and research physics support for the programs at all Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital (LC) sponsored locations. The Medical Physicist will, under the direction of the Medical Chairman, be engaged in the design optimization, technical evaluation and precise calibration of equipment suitable for accurate radiation dose delivery.  The Physicist will also educate physicians, residents, nurses and technologists on the technical aspects of radiation delivery, as well as the radiation protection of patients and staff.  The physicist will assist in an educational program about radiation safety to the Hospital Staff at large.


    • Clinical Science support
      . Actively participates in establishing a core team of Radiologists, Imaging Specialists and Clinical Scientists to provide the best balance for a good clinical service at the forefront of service provision, development and research.  Utilizes the unique combination of scientific expertise and awareness of clinical requirements that play a major role in the development and expansion of the use of specific applications into new and existing diagnostic procedures. The Clinical Scientist needs to be continually creative in all aspects of clinical service and in staff relations.
    • Overview of equipment and site specifications. The complexity of equipment and siting considerations requires the specialized knowledge of an experienced individual. The Medical Physicist should work closely with clinical colleagues to ensure sound purchasing and site planning decisions.  Appropriate technical performance criteria must be precisely and formally specified by the Medical Physicist in order to meet diagnostic needs and targets.  The Medical Physicist also ensures that site design takes into account the shielding requirements.
    • Quality Assurance. Assures the departmental aim of improving patient care, safety and departmental efficiency.  Quality Assurance (QA) is vital where quantitative measurements using images of patient anatomy or physiology are being performed. The Physicist's responsibilities will include the design, development, evaluation and supervision of a comprehensive quality control (QC) program for diagnostic imaging. This program will cover all imaging devices, including hardware, software, and peripheral configurations. The program will also include review, testing, certification, and acceptance of all patient imaging-related equipment in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the JCAHO requirements. The Physicist also oversees all technical aspects of the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation process including training technologists for ACR QC/QA phantom testing, monitoring and maintaining weekly QA data and performing the annual system performance evaluation for submission to the ACR.
    • Optimization of Techniques/Clinical Applications. The Physicist will assure equipment is used optimally and cost effectively.  Under the direction of the Medical Chairman, and Clinical Director, develops clinical and research protocols. Must work with clinical colleagues in determining how best to deploy these techniques.  Expands the capabilities of the equipment in this way, the useful life and efficiency of the system may be extended.  Must use technical expertise in ensuring cost effective decisions are made when purchasing the system upgrades necessary to implement new techniques.
    • Oversee the radiation safety program. Ensures safety is maintained for all patients and staff.  Provides guidance of radiation safety as outlined in accordance with the NRC regulations (10 CFR 35.24).  Serve as the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and member of various committees such as the Radiation Safety committee, Hospital Safety committee and consult with providers,  as required, concerning patient doses and optimization of plans and delivery. As RSO, sufficient authority is given to identify radiation safety problems; initiate, recommend, or provide corrective action plans; stop unsafe operations and verify implementation of corrective actions.
    • Research and Development. Ensures the science, technology and clinical applications are applied appropriately.  Instrumental in developing new methods or improving existing techniques.  Monitors current areas of active research.  Participates in multidisciplinary efforts, and assists with determination of most suitable research projects. Expected to present findings at national meetings and publish in peer reviewed journals.
    • Education and Staff Development.Must assure and teach the basic physical principles to a wide range of clinical and support staff in both formal and informal settings. Co-ordinates education programs and tutorials.


    • Master of Science or Doctoral degree in Radiological Physics, Physics, or related discipline.
    • Certification by the American Board of Radiology in Radiological Physics or the American Board of Medical Physics is required for an academic appointment through Northwestern University and compliance with the ACR Standard for Continuing Medical Education.
    • Must also meet any qualifications imposed by the federal or state radiation control agency to practice radiation oncology physics and/or provide oversight of the establishment and conduct of the radiation quality management program.
    • Upon completion of 1 year of employment, meet the necessary education, training, and experience requirements of the licensing regulatory agency to be approved as a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).


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