Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in Advanced Radiotherapy Research

University of Maryland at Baltimore
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Physics & Space Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Medical Physics Research Team in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is seeking multiple highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to perform cutting-edge research in radiation therapy. These projects will involve using multi-modality images (CT, CBCT, MRI, PET, optical imaging) and clinical software in radiation therapy such as treatment planning and image guidance tools. Areas of active research include

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Radiotherapy – Developing and implementing AI-based image-guided radiation therapy, image reconstruction, processing, synthesis and registration. AI-based treatment outcome prediction and clinical decision making. The research will have a strong focus towards clinical translation with the goal to develop practical AI technologies to directly benefit patient care.
  2. Multimodality CT-MRI Motion Models for Real-time Volumetric Respiratory Motion Management – These studies involve using 4DMRI and 4DCT to create patient-specific real-time volumetric motion models based on machine learning and other AI-based approaches.
  3. FLASH Radiotherapy – These projects will involve physics research (anatomical and functional imaging, developing FLASH dose and dose rate measurement technologies, treatment planning) for preclinical small animal studies using electron and proton-FLASH radiotherapy to investigate tumor control and normal tissue toxicity for a variety of disease sites.
  4. Function-guided Lung Radiotherapy – These studies are focused on using novel imaging modalities such as virtual bronchoscopy and perfusion imaging to minimize post-radiation toxicity in lung radiotherapy

Training and Career Path

This is a 2-3 year, full-time, mentored research position. The successful candidate will receive regular mentorship and evaluation, be trained and required to disseminate research findings in major national conferences and peer-reviewed publications, and be mentored and encouraged to seek extramural research funding.

Upon satisfactory performance, fellows will have the option to enroll in the department’s CAMPEP-approved Medical Physics Graduate Certificate program, expected to commence in early 2022. Successfully completing the certificate program will render the candidate eligible for medical physics residency training and enable them to pursue a career as a clinical medical physicist.

Qualifications :

Qualifications and Skills

Ph.D. in Medical Physics, Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field is required. Expertise required in one or more of the following areas: strong background in physics, algorithms, image analysis, coding, and mathematical modeling. Strong scientific programming skills in CUDA, C#, C++, Python, etc., are highly desired. Basic knowledge of radiation therapy is desired but not required. The candidate should demonstrate strong motivation for research and excellent oral and written scientific communication skills.

Research Lab and Environment

The Medical Physics Research Team has a robust research program with 4 active NIH R01 grants and several sponsored research grants from industry and private foundations. Research efforts within the division are led by Dr. Amit Sawant, Chief of Physics and Dr. Lei Ren, Director of Physics Research.

Resources include high-performance computing facilities including a newly purchased computer server with high-end A100 GPUs and a dedicated research GPU-based Eclipse treatment planning environment, state-of-the-art radiotherapy systems including Varian Truebeam and Edge linacs, a multi-vault Varian ProBeam proton therapy center, Raysearch and Eclipse treatment planning systems, CBCT, Siemens 1.5T and 3T MRI scanners, and two small animal IGRT platforms - a conventional SARRP for photon-based studies and a beam-line SARRP for preclinical proton FLASH IGRT studies. The department also has a successful track record of commercialization of research products.

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