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Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in Biomedical Imaging and Medical Physics

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, United States
Job Description

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:

Ken Kang-Hsin Wang, Ph.D., DABR

Associate Professor

CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Division of Medical Physics and Engineering

Department of Radiation Oncology

UT Southwestern Medical Center


19 November 2020
18 January 2021
Biomedical, Medical Imaging, Health Care (Biophotonics)