Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in Advanced Radiotherapy Research

Employer
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 20, 2022


The Medical Physics 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, electromagnetic tracking) and clinical software in radiation therapy such as treatment planning and image guidance tools. Areas of active research include

  1. 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.
  2. FLASH Radiotherapy – These projects will involve research for preclinical studies on organ-on-chip and small animal models using electron and proton-FLASH radiotherapy to investigate tumor control and normal tissue toxicity for a variety of disease sites.
  3. Systems modeling for 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


Qualifications :

Qualifications and Skills

Ph.D. in Medical Physics, Bioengineering, 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 experimental physics, algorithm development, image analysis, mathematical modeling. Strong scientific programming skills in C#, C++, Python, CUDA, etc., are highly desired. Basic knowledge of radiation therapy is desired but not required. The candidate should demonstrate strong track record and motivation for research, and excellent oral and written scientific communication skills.

Training and Career Path

This is a 2-3 year, full-time, mentored research position under the mentorship of Dr. Amit Sawant, Professor and Vice Chair for Medical Physics, Dept. of Radiation Oncology. The successful candidate will receive regular mentorship and evaluation, and will be trained and required to disseminate research findings in major national conferences and peer-reviewed publications.

Fellows will have the option to enroll in the department’s Medical Physics Graduate Certificate program, which is currently enrolling students and pending CAMPEP approval. 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.

Research Lab and Environment

The Division of Physics has a robust research program with 4 active NIH R01 grants, a multi-PI U54 ROBIN center grant in collaboration with our department of translational radiation sciences (DTRS), and several sponsored research grants from industry and private foundations.

Resources include high-performance computing facilities including a GPU 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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