Medical Physicist - UPMC Whitfield Hospital - UPMC

Medical Physicist – UPMC Whitfield Hospital

Please send letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Aislinn Fell, HR Business Partner, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to 

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

Medical Physicist

Based at: UPMC Whitfield Hospital
Reports to: Chief Medical Physicist
Accountable to: Operations Director, Chief Medical Director and all Managers and Clinical Staff


Overview of post

Conducts all aspects of radiation oncology physics including equipment calibration and commissioning, clinical support, maintenance of appropriate quality assurance for equipment and treatment delivery, compliance with radiation safety and licensing issues.


  • Responsible for the systematic measurement, documentation, and assurance of the physical and dosimetric aspects of all radioactive sources/radiation producing equipment used in Radiation Oncology.  Performs acceptance testing and commissioning of all treatment-related equipment under supervision.  This includes calibration of all radiation producing sources and maintenance of all information for their appropriate use.
  • Maintains a comprehensive quality assurance program that ensures patients are provided tumor localization, radiation treatment, and dose distributions as prescribed. This includes assurance of the accuracy of treatment unit parameters.
  • In collaboration with team, responsible for the development of treatment plans, acquisition and storage of data for treatment plans, calculation of dose distributions and machine settings for treatment delivery.
  • Provides consultation to the Radiation Oncologist, and translates the desired treatment plan into a set of instructions for radiation therapists to execute.
  • Participate and become competent in the physics support for prostate Brachytherapy.
  • To continue to keep abreast of latest development s pertaining to current practices within the field of Radiation Oncology Physics.
  • Initiates and/or collaborates on related research projects with other UPMC physicists in radiation therapy in the Division of Medical Physics.
  • Performs some organization and administration skills in the clinical practice of Radiation Oncology Physics.
  • Responsible for the compliance with EPA/ORP Rules and Regulations.
Standard responsibilities 
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Lives the UPMC values
Working conditions and environmental factors

The medical physicist works indoors in radiation oncology.  As this position includes exposure to radiation, physicists are required to wear a film badge, which is read according to RPII regulations, and adhere to radiation policies/procedures established by the hospital.  Medical physicists are required to follow universal precautions and infection control policies.  Medical physicists are also required to comply with all policies/procedures in regards to handling hazardous materials and personal protection.

Person Specification

  • Qualifications: PhD or MSc from an accredited program in Medical Physics or related field.
  • Experience: Experience with 3-D conformal radiotherapy, brachytherapy and treatment planning systems is required, and radiosurgery and IMRT are highly desirable.
  • Job Specific Competencies and Knowledge: Licensure/Certification: Irish / European / US / Canada appropriate license.

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility and deliverables at the time of its writing. As the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the centre.

About UPMC

A $23 billion healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International.

Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane and UPMC Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny. Outpatient care is available at the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at WIT Arena and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA.

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