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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Proton) - Radiation Oncology - 51682
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 04/24/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting.  To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Radiation Oncology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

Applicants interested in pursuing an academic career in medical physics are sought for a post-doctoral research fellow position in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine. The position is supported the Department of Radiation Oncology and will be supervised by Dr. Tianyu Zhao. The aim of the research is to develop a comprehensive platform for proton offline/online adaptation with a special focus on the development of a quick Monte Carlo dose calculation tool that facilitates online quality assurance. The ideal candidate will have skills in image processing, MATLAB and C programming, data processing, and a great knowledge of nuclear/radiological physics.  Strong skills in programing and Monte Carlo simulation are desirable. While the position involves primarily translation research, the successful candidate will have opportunities to gain experience in clinical medical physics.   This position will provide an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to pursue a career in the field of radiation oncology physics.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, physics, medical physics or a related field.
  • Experience with computational programming in UNIX/LINUX/Windows/MATLAB environments and engineering mathematics, experimental measurements.
  • Skills in in engineering mathematics and scientific programming using MATLAB, Python and C++.
  • Experience in academic research and manuscript preparation.

Preferred Qualifications

Skills in Monte Carlo simulation tools, such as Geant4.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Department Summary

The Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University provides a full range of clinical services including IMRT, image-guided brachytherapy, cone-beam CT guided radiation therapy, MR-guided radiation therapy, on-line portal imaging, high-intensity focused ultrasound, proton and stereotactic radiosurgery.  Research programs include: automated health IT system, proton therapy, image guided adaptive radiotherapy, functional imaging with MRI and a wide range of molecular biology translational studies.  The Molecular Imaging Center includes PET, microPET and 3T MRI imaging facilities, a cyclotron, and a wide range of research activities.  The Division of Medical Physics, led by interim director Dr. Geoffery Hugo, includes 40 faculty and CAMPEP-accredited medical physics certificate and master program.  Post-doctoral fellows are welcome to take courses of the education programs needed to become competitive residency program applicants.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:  https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ .

Applicant Special Instructions

Prospective candidates should send a letter of intent and curriculum vitae, along with three letters of reference to tzhao@wustl.edu .

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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