Carleton University, Carleton Laboratory for Radiotherapy Physics

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Position ID:Carleton-CLRP-POSTDOC [#24352]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Medical Physics
Salary Range:42,000 - 52,000
Appl Deadline:2023/03/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/02/17, finished 2023/09/23, listed until 2023/08/17)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Physics – State-of-the-art Dose Evaluations for Brachytherapy 

 A postdoctoral fellow is sought to work under the supervision of Rowan Thomson within the Carleton Laboratory for Radiotherapy Physics (CLRP) and Ottawa Medical Physics Institute on a cutting-edge project financed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The project involves a collaboration of clinicians and medical physics experts from institutions across Canada to advance brachytherapy treatments of breast and prostate cancers. 

Required qualifications: 
  1. PhD in physics, medical physics or a closely related discipline 
    • (a) Knowledge of radiation therapy physics and radiation dosimetry are pluses 
    • (b) Experience with Monte Carlo simulations in medicine, proficiency with EGSnrc, preferred 
    • (c) Experience using radiobiological models and their associated parameters (including evaluating biologically effective dose, tumour control probability, normal tissue complication probability) is a plus 
  2. Computer programming skills in various languages, e.g., C++, fortran, Qt, python. 
  3. Demonstrated writing (in English) and excellent communication skills, including publications and conference presentations in relevant venues. 
    • Publications with application of the Monte Carlo method in the context of radiation and medical physics preferred 
  4. Ability to work well with others in a group and coordinate activities of different members dispersed geographically 
The successful applicant will be based within the Carleton Laboratory for Radiotherapy Physics, a group well-known for excellence in development and application of Monte Carlo simulations for medical physics. Based in the Department of Physics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, the successful applicant will engage with teams of physicists, clinicians and their trainees across Canada to coordinate and support clinical translation of egs_brachy, a fast Monte Carlo code for simulating brachytherapy treatments. This will involve virtual meetings, as well as travel between different sites (if permitted by pandemic restrictions). The team will undertake state-of-the-art patient-specific dose evaluations for prostate and breast low-dose rate brachytherapy, enabling study of dose-outcome relationships and radiobiological modelling. 

Applications must be submitted to and must include: 
We are committed to fostering diversity within our community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We are active in advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within our research group and beyond, and we encourage applications from individuals committed to advancing EDI. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. 

Salary will be commensurate with background and experience, ranging from $42K to 52K (CAD) in the first year (excluding benefits), with the additional ability to opt into an extended health and dental benefit plan. The postdoc will be considered unionized and will be a member of PSAC Local 77000. Information on this bargaining unit can be found here:  The initial appointment is for 1 year but can be extended subject to satisfactory performance. 

Applications will start being considered March 20, 2023 but will continue until the post is filled. Start date can be as early as May 1, 2023 but is subject to negotiation and availability. 

Accommodations and Accessibility 
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About Carleton University: 
Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit 

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required, and arrangements will be made in a timely manner. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Contact: Professor Rowan Thomson,

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Further Info:
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Physics Department
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6