Chief Clinical Physicist - Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Job Requisition #: JR63418

End Date: 7/31/2022

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Clinical (non-nursing), Imaging/Radiology, Management/Executive, Technician (Clinical)

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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The Division of Medical Physics within The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute's (HFGCCRI) Department of Radiation Oncology is searching for a Chief Clinical Physicist. This clinical leader will lead a team of approximately 20 highly trained medical physicists and Dosimetrists to provide high quality medical physics service to patients requiring radiation therapy. In addition, they will direct all clinical physics activity in the Radiation Oncology Department; and assures compliance with existing state, federal, NRC, ASTRO and JCAHO regulations pertaining to the use of radiation within the department. The Chief also, has responsibility for developing and maintaining departmental policies and the quality assurance program on clinical physics services as well as supporting the implementation of new programs, treatments and therapies which offer effective, innovative radiation treatment options to patients within our regional service area.

Position Qualifications:

PhD preferred, M.S. accepted in Medical Physics or related field. Five (5) years of experience working as a clinical physicist in a large community hospital. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Special requirements:

Board Certification by the American Board of Radiology and Therapeutic Radiological Physics, Diagnostic Radiological Physics, and Medical Nuclear Physics is preferred, with a minimum of board certification in Therapeutic Radiological Physics and board eligibility in other areas.

This role offers:

  • Robust benefit package including full medical, dental and vision

  • Management Incentive Plan

  • 403(b) with a company match

  • Generous paid time off

  • Incredible Work/Life benefits including annual membership to care.com, access to backup care services for dependents through Care@Work, retirement planning services, financial coaching, fitness and wellness reimbursement, and great discounts through several vendors for hotels, rental cars, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets and much more!

In this role you will:

  • Conduct regular and periodic staff meetings for areas of accountability to discuss problems, procedures and new policies and is accountable for the implementation of polices/ procedures.

  • Supervise clinical physicists in daily tasks. Provides direct oversight and provides strong leadership while mentoring and developing team members. Manages and coordinates coaching and disciplinary actions.

  • Ensure medical physics systems, processes, and people maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of areas of accountability. Develop and maintain performance dashboards for physics and dosimetry workflows. Analyzes, forecasts, and presents key metrics for evaluation.

  • Support Chief of Radiation Oncology in development of business plans for related radiation oncology growth strategies.

  • Work closely with physician champions, sponsors, stakeholders, and frontline staff to create strategy and timeline for projects, new technologies and programs, focusing on clinical process improvements or regulatory requirements.

  • Supervise dosimetry and mold room technicians, assigning work tasks and prioritizing and scheduling jobs.

  • Review and critique all external beam treatment plans, the use of beam modifiers and immobilization techniques for patients receiving photon and electron radiation therapy.

  • Check patient charts, performs therapy machine calibration.

  • Develop instrumentation, assist in data acquisition and analysis, and other activities related to clinical physics research projects.

  • Supervise the maintenance of an inventory log of all radiation sources used in brachytherapy. Performs periodic wipe testing of sources. Supervise the maintenance of all dosimetry systems to include ionization chambers, (TLD) dosimeters, and film devices.

  • Serve as member of Radiation Safety Committee.

  • Provide lectures to house staff, technical, and nursing for personnel.

  • Maintain a liaison with the Radiation Safety Officer of the Medical Center.

  • Calibrate and monitor in a timely manner performance of linear accelerators, orthovoltage unit, radiotherapy simulator. Oversee/perform repair and maintenance of linear accelerators, orthovoltage unit, radiotherapy simulator, and treatment planning computer systems.

  • Evaluate radiation therapy purchases to devise and implement new treatment methods and devices.

  • Manage resources within the established budget.

  • Help to resolve barriers and conflicts (resource, timing, financial, sequencing) between multiple projects and project teams. Resolves issues before they become barriers to successful project implementations.

About The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute:

The HFGCCRI, a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, is part of ChristianaCare, one of the country's largest health care systems, with 52,339 admissions, 37,634 surgeries, and 195,998 emergency department visits. With more than 248,000 patient visits, The Graham Cancer Center is recognized as a national model for multidisciplinary cancer care and a top enroller in U.S. clinical research trials (29% accrual rate).

Annually there are 3,266 newly diagnosed cancer patients. Its Cawley Center for Translational Cancer Research, Tissue Procurement Center, Gene Editing Institute and Statewide High-Risk Family Cancer Registry with eight full time genetic counselors, and collaborations with world- renowned scientists at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, are all opening new avenues to more quickly translate cancer science into cancer medicine! The 240,000 sq. foot outpatient cancer center has 12 multidisciplinary disease site centers allowing patients to see three disciplines of surgical, medical and radiation oncology, including subspecialists and support service teams in one visit.

About ChristianaCare:

ChristianaCare is one of the country's most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,300 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women's health. We rank 21st in the nation for hospital admissions and 6th for admission of stroke patients.

Benefits of living in the Delaware Valley:

  • You have your choice or housing options in DE, PA, NJ or MD and enjoy reasonable commutes.

  • Connected by Amtrak and I95, this region is a hub for excellent restaurants, entertainment and sporting venues, cultural events and some of the nation's best colleges and universities.

  • Within 1-3 hours from four international airports.

  • Easy drives or a short train ride to Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City.

  • Two hours from beautiful beaches in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey and popular skiing resorts in the Pocono Mountains.

  • Reasonable cost of living and no DE state sales tax.

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.


UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

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For the Love of Health.

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At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

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We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.

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ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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