Under the direction of the Technical Director of Proton Therapy, the incumbent will lead and implement projects that improve functionality and usability at the Francis H. Burr and Gordon Browne Proton Therapy Centers (FHBPTC and GBPTC, respectively). In addition, the incumbent is expected to be part of the team responsible for the upgrade/replacement of FHBTC.
The FHBPTC and GBPTC centers operate side-by-side at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) main campus in downtown Boston. The Technical Group is responsible for infrastructure of the proton centers. The Technical Group is part of the Department of Radiation Oncology Physics Division and the Proton Therapy Physicist has a particular focus on technical projects.
The FHBPTC has two gantry rooms and three fixed beamlines. It is undergoing a top-to-bottom upgrade of the proton therapy equipment, which offers unique opportunities to have a major impact on treatments for many years to come. The GBPTC is a single room with a 190° gantry. It has been treating patients for one year and has ongoing projects related to workflows, efficiency, and functionality to achieve full capacity.
In general, the Proton Therapy Physicist is the point person for selected upgrades related to MGH’s proton facilities.
The Proton Therapy Physicist designs, develops, documents, coordinates, commissions, and tests upgrades.
Where multidisciplinary collaboration is needed, the individual will coordinate and synchronize their efforts with the Technical Director of Proton therapy and, if necessary, the appropriate hospital committee(s).
May need to work with multidisciplinary groups and provide updates, discuss priorities, synchronize efforts, and make new recommendations.
After the completion of an upgrade, the department leadership will assess the potential impact on treatments, which may lead to testing and approval by different role groups prior to clinical use.
The Proton Therapy Physicist may occasionally be required to do technical treatment coverage, quality assurance (QA), repair testing, and assist technical group operations during machine downtime.
The individual will be encouraged to participate in developmental efforts on various clinical physics projects and propose new opportunities.
During upgrade activities, the individual must embrace the V-model for the development lifecycle, document their work, review other’s work, and be fluent with applicable engineering standards (such as IEC and other advisory and regulatory practices in radiotherapy and medical devices).
The position requires a sound basic knowledge of accelerator and proton therapy operations and high levels of communication and multidisciplinary teamwork. The person must be able to work independently and in collaboration with other professionals. A knowledge of building engineering systems compliant with IEC standards and regulatory requirements is preferred. The person should have good basic computer skills including data analysis and software development. Knowledgeable in health care informatics-including the resources, devices and methods to acquire, store and retrieve data.
At least 5 years hands-on proton therapy experience, preferably with cyclotrons, synchrotrons, beamlines, nozzles, gantries, control systems, ionization chambers and QA detectors, data analysis, and/or building QA software tools. Experience with engineering and software standards of practice is preferred.
Most work performed in a clinical or experimental environment. Night and weekend work sometimes required. Will be required to work in a radiation environment which is protected and monitored according to federal and state regulations.
Internal Number: MGH_TechPhysicist
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