Medical/Radiation Physicist

California, United States
13 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

As a global leader in education, research, and program development, Stanford University has embraced its role in not only mastering current technologies and bodies of knowledge, but in seeking better solutions, expanding what is possible, and training the next generation of thought leaders. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) strives to incorporate these goals into our ways of doing business. As the principal health and safety office at Stanford University, we support and advance the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment. We provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship.


Work independently under consultative direction toward long-range goals and objectives to innovate and push the boundaries of the scientific field. Conduct and direct research and development work on extremely complex projects necessitating the origination and application of new and unique approaches.

Job Code: 4399 
Grade Level:


  • Advance the field of radiation protection through the design of new and/or complex radiation safety or medical imaging systems using and developing state-of-the-art techniques. 
  • Provide instructions and conduct technical seminars on radiation safety and medical physics to staff and academic audiences on research, best practices and developing techniques.


  • Provide imaging physics service for Stanford Health Care, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care Services (VAPAHCS) facility. The services include, but not limited to, imaging equipment survey per State, ACR or TJC requirement, patient dose calculation, shielding design for x-ray imaging. 
  • Help hospital imaging service team to ascertain the safe use of medical ionizing imaging techniques and meet State and Federal regulations, Joint Commission recommendations, and University policies. 
  • Review proposed research uses of x-rays in human subjects, evaluate doses and estimate risks associated with the doses and provide investigators with such estimates and advise investigators on radiation safety issues and how to solve related problems. 
  • Provide healthcare staff training (for physicians, technologists, and nurses), as well as assistance in administrative efforts with regards to inspections and regulations.

* - Other duties may also be assigned 


Education & Experience:

  • Ph.D. in medical physics or related field is preferred. Master’s degree candidates with strong diagnostic medical physics background and experience will be considered. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Candidates should have at least 3 years of experience working with radiology imaging equipment including (especially) radiography (CR/DR), fluoroscopy (IIFPD), mammography and CT. Nuclear medicine experience is a plus 
  • Demonstrated experience in overseeing and evaluating the overall health/medical physics program, including budget needs, long-range goals, and department objectives. 
  • Strong research and development leadership skills to improve the methods and programs. 
  • Knowledge of practices and methods at comparable facilities at an international level. 
  • Proven experience with regulatory compliance, policies, and procedures; knowledge of radioactive material license, amendment, and renewal process at state, national and international levels. 
  • Extensive experience in the design, development, and optimization of radiation shielding, safety devices, and radiation machines. 
  • Demonstrated track-record of publications in journals and national and international presentations in technical and professional meetings. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences and to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.

Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Strong self-motivation; proactive, high-energy, enthusiastic, “can do” work ethic; ability to handle potentially stressful situations 
  • Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will. 

Certifications and Licenses: 

The candidate must be eligible or certified in American Board of Radiology (ABR) or American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP).


  • Occasionally stand/walk; frequently sitting; rarely kneel/crawl; occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders; frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation; rarely grasp forcefully; frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, write by hand; rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, scrub/sweep/mop; occasionally operate foot and/or hand controls. 
  • Frequently lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds; rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-40 pounds or more. 
  • Able to wear a respirator and perform duties while wearing. 
  • Auditory acuity to hear clicks and buzzers for detection equipment. 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid California non-commercial class driver license. Ability to drive day and night.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 


  • May be exposed to radioactive materials and/or ionizing radiation, Class IIIB or IV lasers, magnetic or electromagnetic fields, and lead. 
  • May be exposed to biohazards (urine, blood, feces) while working with patients and/or animals in ER's, OR's or IR's (interventional radiology). Must gown up for sterile environments. 
  • May require travel to off campus locations.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,