The University of Iowa is seeking a clinical medical physicist for a faculty appointment in the Medical Physics Division of the Department of Radiation Oncology. A successful M.S.-prepared candidate will be appointed as a faculty associate and a successful Ph.D. candidate will be appointed on the clinical track at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor. The medical physicist will join a team of fourteen faculty medical physicists, thirteen radiation oncologists, seven radiation oncology residents, three medical physics residents, seven dosimetrists, two systems administrators, and one staff engineer. The primary responsibility of the successful applicant is to provide clinical physics support at 2-3 single-linear-accelerator partner sites in southeastern Iowa, integrating with the staff at each site covered to provide long-term service.
The University of Iowa team provides clinical support at four partner sites in addition to the University. All four partner sites are covered exclusively by both University of Iowa physicians and physicists, with four faculty physicians and two faculty medical physicists currently dedicated to those sites. This is the third physicist position dedicated to covering partner sites, where each partner site requires onsite physics coverage 3-4 days per week. Beyond those dedicated faculty, several other faculty members support each site ensuring teamwork, robustness, flexibility, harmonization of procedures, technical support, centralized leadership, and time-off coverage. The partner sites have a combined weekly chart rounds.
The partner sites among which support is needed from this position are Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, IA, Great River Health Systems in West Burlington, IA, and Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, IA. Depending on the successful candidate's choice of housing location, options exist ranging from covering 2 partner sites with 50% travel (3 hr round trip) to covering 3 partner sites with 100% travel (3 hr round trip). There is flexibility and we are open to discussing the advantages and disadvantages of different arrangements with candidates.
The Clinton and Ottumwa sites have Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators that went live during or after October 2020, and the West Burlington site has an Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator. The successful candidate will play a role in establishing increased clinical capabilities at some of the partner sites including deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) treatment for breast cancer patients and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Training at the University to gain familiarity with the overall team and procedures will be available as needed. In the event of the addition of another partner site, the successful candidate may contribute to the establishment of medical physics support there depending on geographic distance from the associated center.
Resident education is an important component of the departmental mission, and the successful candidate would be expected to supervise medical physics residents on rotations at partner sites. Conducting research and scholarship work is not an expectation for this position.
The University of Iowa offers an outstanding benefits package, including health and prescription drug insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, 24 days paid vacation per year, and more listed at: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/benefits . Time and funds for professional development are allocated for each faculty medical physicist in the Department for activities including board exam preparation, board exam costs, professional society memberships, off-site training, and attending conferences.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.