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Chief of Clinical Physics

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 20th, 2017
Last review date: March 31st, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: July 20th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.





REPORTS TO: Vice Chair of Physics


The Chief of Clinical Physics oversees and supervises the clinically related work activities of all clinical physics assignments in conventional radiation therapy at the Mt. Zion, Parnassus and Mission Bay centers. He/she is responsible for supporting the Vice Chair of Physics by supplying staffing from the physics faculty/staff as necessary for all clinical physics coverage, including vacation time, sick time, etc. He/she is responsible for the organization of the dosimetrists and physicists assigned to all radiotherapy activities. He/she coordinates the clinical-medical physics work with the radiation oncologists, therapists, nurses and participates, for this purpose, in department committees, review meetings and similar activities. The Chief of Clinical Physics develops and improves patient related services and physics-related quality assurance activities throughout the enterprise. This includes treatment machines, dosimetry equipment, treatment planning systems and associated data, as well as patient-specific treatment procedures. He/she is expected to maintain written documentation of procedures, data and various evaluations and investigations. He/she ensures that equipment calibration, machine and patient-related quality assurance, and treatment plans, calculations and special dosimetry for individual patients are verified in accordance with national standards and regulations as well as departmental policy. The Chief of Clinical Physics also promotes quality clinical physics within the institution by developing and disseminating standards, protocols and advances and by teaching and working with the physicists and staff. The Chief of Clinical Physics is an active member of the Senior Management Team and is responsible for overseeing staff HR activities within the Division and for participating in departmental Quality Assurance efforts (including incident reporting), and TJC, ACR, and HIPPA activities. The Chief of Clinical Physics must possess significant knowledge of and experience in all conventional clinical physics procedures, including but not limited to, operation and calibration of treatment devices, operation and calibration of dosimetry equipment, operation and calibration of treatment planning systems, quality assurance procedures, “specialized procedures” (IMRT, IGRT, SRS, SBRT, TBI, TSE, HDR, ….), and familiarity with radioactive material handling, safety procedures and regulations. The Chief of Clinical Physics is responsible for the coordination and direction of all clinical physics functions of the department to ensure efficient, safe, and quality clinical and technical operations. This includes the quality assurance in all clinical and technological activities, direction of daily routine clinical operations, staff and new patient scheduling, clinical billing and reimbursement issues, performance evaluations, payroll functions, establishing and managing standards of physics and technical performance, and providing educational and clinical support. The Chief of Clinical Physics position involves leadership, problem solving, and decision-making responsibilities, as well as creation and evaluation of reports, policies, and procedures. Outstanding communication skills are essential.


A PhD degree in Medical Physics or related discipline, certification in therapeutic medical physics from the American Board of Radiology or American Board of Medical Physics, and a minimum of 10 years of clinical experience in all areas of medical physics, prior experience managing a large group of clinical physicists and dosimetrists are required. An MS degree in Medical Physics or related discipline may be substituted for the PhD in lieu of additional clinical and supervisory experience. Faculty appointment at an appropriate track is commensurate with academic record and experience.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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