A consortium of UZ Leuven/KU Leuven and Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc/UCL, strongly supported by UZ Ghent, UZA and UZ Brussels, decided to join forces to build the first proton therapy centre in Belgium, within the context of a solid medical, scientific and strategic alliance with all interested centres and partners. This interuniversity, multi-institutional collaboration is called ParTICLe, i.e. Particle Therapy Interuniversitary Centre Leuven. ParTICLe is currently being built on the Health Sciences Campus Gasthuisberg of the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) and will treat its first patients mid-2019 (www.particle.be). An IBA ProteusONE proton therapy system is being installed and will be equipped with the latest features for pencil beam scanning proton therapy, on-board imaging and in-room CT-on-rails for image guidance. After the ramp-up phase of this facility it will be tightly integrated in the clinical practice of the radiation oncology departments of both UZ Leuven and Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc (St-Luc Hospital). The department of Radiation Oncology at UZ Leuven is equipped with five external beam radiotherapy treatment units, comprising two Varian Halcyon systems, two Varian TrueBeam systems and a Varian/BrainLab TrueBeam STX system. For treatment simulation, two high-end large bore CT’s are used. Complex techniques such as VMAT/IMRT, advanced IGRT, SBRT and SRS are used as part of the daily clinical routine. Brachytherapy is also an important element of the treatments offered, using PDR and HDR techniques as well as Ruthenium-106 for ocular malignancies. Current treatment planning systems (TPS) are Eclipse and RayStation. The oncology information system (OIS) used is ARIA (Varian). The department of Radiation Oncology of St-Luc Hospital, is equipped (on two sites: Brussels and Ottignies, Clinique St-Pierre) of two Elekta linear accelerators, two Tomotherapy machines and a dedicated CT simulator. Prostate brachytherapy (LDR, I-125) is carried out at two sites. Ophthalmic brachytherapy (I-25 plaques) is only carried out at St-Luc Hospital. Techniques as VMAT/IMRT, SBRT and SRS are implanted clinically. Current TPS are: Tomotherapy and RayStation. Mosaiq (Elekta) is the OIS used to manage accelerator treatments. As academic centres, the respective radiation therapy departments are involved in many clinical studies with both internal and external partners. Research and development of innovative techniques is also an important aim. To reinforce the current medical physics team ParTICLe is looking for two new team members of which one will be on the payroll of UZ Leuven and the other one on the payroll of Saint-Luc Hospital.
Requirements and competency profile
- As a medical physics expert (MPE) you will be involved in the acceptance tests, the quality assurance program and the treatment planning for the ParTICLe proton therapy centre.
- You will coordinate projects involving the implementation and development of novel techniques and clinical studies.
- You will be full time part of the ParTICLe team during the ramp up period. You will also be part of the respective radiation oncology medical physics team of UZ Leuven or Saint-Luc Hospital where proton therapy will be integrated as one of the existing techniques in the general radiotherapy practice available in both institutions.
Requirements and competency profile
- You have a master’s degree (science, applied science, etc.) and have undergone postgraduate training in medical radiation therapy physics (theoretical and practical). Holding a PhD degree is a plus.
- You have an official accreditation as a medical radiation physicist (such as the FANC in Belgium).
- Preferably, you have several years of relevant experience in the field of medical radiation physics, experience or research in the field of medical physics for proton therapy is a plus.
- If you don’t have experience with proton therapy, you are prepared to follow an intensive training abroad.
- You have good communication skills in English, orally and in writing. If Dutch and/or French is not your mother tongue, you are prepared to learn this language in the short term.
- You have very good IT skills and are prepared to develop them further.
- You are flexible and able to function as part of a team.
- You maintain good contacts with the medical and paramedical staff and with other departments of UZ Leuven as well with the Radiation Oncology department of Saint-Luc Hospital in Brussel.
- You have an analytical approach to problems/tasks and are able to work on a project basis.
- You are accurate, punctual and systematic in your work.
- A stimulating working environment where interaction with others and professionalism are key.
- A permanent position with a package of fringe benefits including group insurance, contribution to travel expenses, free public transport pass, staff restaurant, extra holidays.
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