Engineering and Technology: Bioengineering, Physics: Instrumentation and Measurement, Physics: Optics and Laser
Multiple Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist positions are available in the Biomedical Imaging and Radiation Technology Laboratory (BIRTLab) in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). Our mission is to innovate, develop, and apply biomedical technology to empower radiation therapy (RT) cancer research.
Several projects are available: (1). establish image-guided ultra-high dose rate (FLASH) linear accelerator(LINAC) for pre-clinical research. The project will involve modifying medical LINAC to be FLASH ready, developing and integrating an X-ray cone beam CT(CBCT)-guided system, establishing radiation dosimetry, treatment planning system, and oxygen measurement and modeling. (2). develop 3D optical-guided system for pre-clinical RT research, specifically, the development of a quantitative fluorescence, bioluminescence, and diffuse optical tomography (FT/BLT/DOT) system, to localize tumor in vivo, guide irradiation, and quantify treatment response; (3). advance the BLT system integrated with high-resolution CBCT imaging for in vivo glioblastoma cell tracking and facilitating therapeutic development.
The candidates will work closely with the principal investigator Dr. Ken Wang, industrial partner, and academic collaborators in translating the research development to the scientific community. The projects are highly multi-disciplinary involving engineering, optics, radiation physics, biology, and industrial component. The success of the projects will provide significant advance in image-guided system and radiation technology for cancer research.
Dr. Wang’s group is supported by NIH R01 and R21 grants and Texas CPRIT Rising Star funding. Beyond the funding resources, the candidate will also expose to the strong research environment established in the Division of Medical Physics. The division is funded by 10 active NIH R01s and state funding in the fields of pre-clinical technology development, artificial intelligence techniques, adaptive RT, and imaging-guidance techniques.
The successful candidates, if interested, will also be eligible for basic clinical medical physics training and a tuition fee waiver for enrollment into a certificate program with CAMPEP-accredited courses, covering essential medical physics didactic elements for individuals entering the medical physics profession through an alternative pathway.
The multi-disciplinary project, strong research environment, and medical physics pathway provide a very unique opportunity to prepare the candidate for pursuing academic faculty, industrial position, or medical physics residency.
We are looking for candidates with strong motivation, independent problem solving, demonstrated publication record, and good verbal and written communication skills. Curiosity, open-mindedness, creativity, persistence, and collaborative-work ability are the key personal skills we target. Candidates with established experience in biomedical optics, engineering system design and development, medical imaging or numerical algorithm development are desired. Candidates hold academic degree in biomedical engineering, physics, optics, and engineering are encouraged to apply.
Salary is based on candidates’ experience and NIH scale with competitive benefits. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest, CV, and the contact of 3 references to:
About Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern is a leading academic medical center—world-renowned for its research, regarded among the best in the country for medical education and for clinical and scientific training, and nationally recognized for the quality of clinical care that its faculty provides to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and clinics and affiliated institutions. With six Nobel Laureates and 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences currently on faculty, UT Southwestern is among the top biomedical research institutions in the nation and consistently ranks the No. 1 academic medical center in the world for publishing high-quality scientific research, according to Nature Index.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is a leader in the development and clinical implementation of innovative treatment strategies. The Department currently has a total of 21 M.D.s and 12 medical residents. The Division of Medical Physics and Engineering currently has 27 faculty-level physicists, 8 medical physics residents, 11 full-time dosimetrists, 3 research/service engineers, 3 scientific programmers, and more than 40 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.
Research projects in the D...ivision of Medical Physics and Engineering, funded by various federal and state agencies including 10 active NIH R01 grants, ranging from small-animal irradiation, PET instrumentation, medical imaging, image-guided therapy, heavy ion therapy, and automatic treatment planning to artificial intelligence.
We currently provide care to over 200 patients per day with state-of-the-art machines and techniques. The clinical practice is currently in 3 buildings on the same campus. Our equipment includes 10 Varian and Elekta Linacs, one Elekta Gamma Knife Icon, 1 Accuray CyberKnife M6, 1 Varian VariSource iX HDR system, 1 superficial unit, 2 Philips big-bore 4-D CT simulators, 1 Brainlab Mobius mobile CT scanner, and Varian Eclipse. A shielded OR is equipped with an additional Varian VariSource iX afterloader to perform intra-operative HDR procedures. We also perform a spectrum of cranial and pelvic LDR and nuclear medicine procedures. A dedicated breast SBRT device, GammaPod, is also in clinical service. The Department is expanding into a fourth building in summer 2021, which will add 2 Varian Halcyons, 2 Varian Ethos, and 2 Elekta Unity systems along with a Phillips MR-simulator.
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