St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Postdoctoral Research Associate in Memphis, Tennessee

There’s a reason St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is consistently ranked on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For” list. At our world-class pediatric research hospital, every one of our professionals share our commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. There’s a unique bond when you’re part of a team that gives their all to advance the treatments and cures of pediatric catastrophic diseases. The result is a collaborative, positive environment where everyone, regardless of their role, receives the resources, support and encouragement to advance and grow their careers.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Jude is seeking a candidate for a two-year postdoctoral research position. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a renowned team with access to world-class resources, including the first worldwide installation of detector-based spectral CT in a Radiation Oncology Department, state-of-the-art 1.5T and 3T MR scanners (radiotherapy simulators), and the world’s first proton therapy center with pencil beam scanning technology designated solely for the treatment of pediatric cancer. In the near future, a dedicated PET/CT will be included in the imaging portfolio.

The Department of Radiation Oncology recognizes the importance of imaging as the new frontier in radiation oncology and continues to invest significant resources in expanding the use of advanced imaging in our daily clinical operations and multi-center research trials.

The main research topics this candidate would be directly involved with include:

  • conducting focused research in the following topics with spectral CT and MR simulators, including reducing proton range uncertainty with tissue properties estimated by spectral CT

  • improving tumor delineation and characterization with spectral CT

  • guiding treatment and adaptive planning decisions with MR imaging performed during the treatment course

  • evaluating advanced 4D MR techniques.

The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the PIs, imaging scientists, and students in the research group. The fellow will interact with radiation oncologists, IT support staff, clinical therapy and physics staff, and clinical scientists of medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Research activities include data collection, image processing and analysis, implementing algorithms, phantom measurements, assisting in volunteer scanning, dosimetry comparisons in treatment planning systems, experimental validation with proton and photon beams, and report and manuscript writing.

The candidate is required to have a PhD or DSc degree in Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Radiological Sciences, or other relevant engineering and physical sciences. The candidate should have strong knowledge and experience in medical image processing (including DICOM-RT knowledge), analytical and scientific programming skills (e.g. Matlab, IDL, Python, Java) and working knowledge of CT and MR physics (as evidenced by coursework and multiple peer-reviewed publications during graduate study). Hands-on experience in performing clinical imaging experiments and data analysis is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with both medical imaging and radiation therapy backgrounds.

St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

WITS Req ID: 35972

Full Name: First Last: Chia-Ho Hua