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Postdoctoral Scholar Radiation Oncology SCCA UWMC

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Radiation Oncology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Radiation Oncology SCCA UWMC

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Position Description

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington is seeking a motivated postdoctoral scholar who will work with a team from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington Medical Center consisting of a Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicists on the project entitled "Personalized, multi-modality radiotherapy optimization for cervical cancer". The purpose of this study is to investigate the benefits of simultaneously optimizing radiotherapy plans for individual cervical cancer patients who receive combined modality treatments, as opposed to the current standard of care, which is a one-size-fits-all approach. This project, which falls in the realm of personalized medicine, involves applying and refining an in-house, multi-modality optimization algorithm written in Python to patients who have received high dose rate brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy at our institution. The fellow will develop software to interface and extract information from patient data (in DICOM format) as input for the optimization, run the optimization on a cohort of patients and analyze outcome/comparisons between the optimized and clinically used plans. We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar with excellent writing and oral communication skills as well as a strong interest in optimization, data science and proficiency in Python and Matlab to be able to modify and upgrade the existing algorithms as needed.  The initial appointment is one year, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2020.


Institution Description

The University of Washington School of Medicine is home to 27 departments in the clinical and basic sciences. UW Medicine comprises eight entities: UW Medical Center, a 450-bed tertiary care facility with a full spectrum of medical care, teaching and research resource; Harborview Medical Center; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Valley Medical Center; UW Neighborhood Clinics; and Airlift Northwest, and includes over 80 outpatient clinics and multidisciplinary specialty centers. It further includes the newly expanded biotechnology and medical research hub in the UW Medicine South Lake Union Campus, housing over 600 scientists. 


The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance / University of Washington Medicine Oncology Program is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally. Outpatient clinical cancer care is delivered through Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Clinics, University of Washington Medicine Clinics, and Seattle Children's' Hospital; inpatient care is delivered through the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Clinical and translational oncology research is overseen by the University of Washington / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Consortium Institutional Review Board.


The Department of Radiation Oncology consists of 55 faculty--including physicians, advanced practice providers, physicists and research faculty--in addition to an extensive staff of radiation therapists, dosimetrists, engineering support, laboratory assistants, nurses, and patient care coordinators. Training programs include 10 radiation oncology residents, 4 radiation oncology physics residents, and 4 postdoctoral scholars.


Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington


Preferred Skills:

Successful candidates should have excellent writing and communication skills, as well as demonstrable proficiency in programming optimization, data science, and proficiency in Python and Matlab.


Candidates should have a doctorate in computational mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science or related field.


For full consideration, please submit your CV, and cover letter via Interfolio.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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