Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in Advanced Radiotherapy Research - (210000IY)
The Medical Physics Research 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, PET, optical imaging) and clinical software in radiation therapy such as treatment planning and image guidance tools. Areas of active research include
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Radiotherapy - Developing and implementing AI-based image-guided radiation therapy, image reconstruction, processing, synthesis and registration. AI-based treatment outcome prediction and clinical decision making. The research will have a strong focus towards clinical translation with the goal to develop practical AI technologies to directly benefit patient care.
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.
FLASH Radiotherapy - These projects will involve physics research (anatomical and functional imaging, developing FLASH dose and dose rate measurement technologies, treatment planning) for preclinical small animal studies using electron and proton-FLASH radiotherapy to investigate tumor control and normal tissue toxicity for a variety of disease sites.
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
Training and Career Path
This is a 2-3 year, full-time, mentored research position. The successful candidate will receive regular mentorship and evaluation, be trained and required to disseminate research findings in major national conferences and peer-reviewed publications, and be mentored and encouraged to seek extramural research funding.
Upon satisfactory performance, fellows will have the option to enroll in the department's CAMPEP-approved Medical Physics Graduate Certificate program, expected to commence in early 2022. 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.
Qualifications and Skills
Ph.D. in Medical Physics, 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 physics, algorithms, image analysis, coding, and mathematical modeling. Strong scientific programming skills in CUDA, C#, C++, Python, etc., are highly desired. Basic knowledge of radiation therapy is desired but not required. The candidate should demonstrate strong motivation for research and excellent oral and written scientific communication skills.
Resources include high-performance computing facilities including a newly purchased computer 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.
Job: Postdoctoral Fellows
Organization: School of Medicine - Clinical Departments
Job Posting: May 4, 2021
Internal Number: 172801
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.