Preclinical Imaging Physicist

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Job Description

Job ID: 22585
Date Posted: 06/04/2012
Location: 27 Dry Dock Ave, South Boston
Job Family: Physicians
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Summary

Located in Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow’s physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks a Preclinical Imaging Physicist to support a thriving research program within the Institutes Lurie Family Imaging Center (LFIC). The Preclinical Imaging Physicist will, under the direction of the Director of the LFIC and senior diagnostic physicist, oversee all PET, SPECT, CT and radiotherapy studies.  The Preclinical Imaging Physicists responsibilities will include the design, development, evaluation and supervision of a comprehensive pre-clinical imaging program using the microPET/SPECT/CT and image-guided irradiator.  The Preclinical Imaging Physicist will also teach cancer researchers, trainees, and animal technicians the scientific aspects of the microPET/SPECT/CT system and provide technical hardware and software training. The Preclinical Imaging Physicist will be expected to develop microPET/SPECT/CT imaging research projects for presentation at national meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals, including collaborative cross-modality studies leveraging the broad expertise within the LFIC.

The LFIC is a state of the art small animal imaging facility.  Open since 2009, the 14,000 sq ft facility is equipped with small animal MRI, PET/SPECT/CT, ultrasound, and optical imaging.  The facility is staffed with Technologists, physicists, and cancer biologists who work collaboratively to execute longitudinal studies assessing tumor biology, therapeutic efficacy of novel agents, and pharmacodynamic efficacy.  Since its inception, data from the LFIC have contributed to top tier publications.

The DFCI has also recently secured funding to install a cyclotron in space adjacent to the LFIC.  The Preclinical Imaging Physicist will also have the opportunity to participate in the design and build-out of this infrastructure, if suitable background experience exists.

Job Qualifications

- PhD or equivalent in physics, engineering, medical physics or biomedical imaging

- Extensive experience in small animal PET and/or SPECT imaging

- Familiarity with and microCT and/or combined microPET/CT scanners

- Established track record of research publications

- Ability to establish independent research and secure external funding as a collaborating investigator

Skills and Abilities Required:

- Two to three years experience in microPET, SPECT, and/or CT in a small animal imaging laboratory

- Documented programming skills and competency in C, C++ or other languages are required

- Ability to communicate and collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team of physicists, biologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, oncologists, and animal technicians


Mon-Fri, hours may vary, some weekends may be required.

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