Physicist IV - Radiation Oncology, Full-Time, Days

  • 251 E. Huron, Chicago, IL
  • Full-time
  • Job Shift: Day Job (1st)

Company Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Job Description

The Physicist IV reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Physicist IV collaborates and assists the Physicist V in administrative aspects related to management of the physics sections of the  Radiosurgery, Radiation Oncology and Prentice Radiation Oncology departments, ensuring the staff and infrastructure of the physics section supports the clinical needs of the departments.


  • Developing and accurately documenting treatment plans, new procedures and protocols, to assure the delivery of quality and safe patient care.
  • Develops and verifies the prescribed radiation treatment plan for a given patient in consultation with the radiation oncologist for both external beam, Radiosurgery, Hyperthermia, and Brachytherapy procedures.
  • Develops CT, MRI, PET, PET/CT based plans, including fusion. Produces digitally reconstructed radiographs from the CT simulator as required to provide documentation of the shape and placement of the radiation field.
  • Assist Physicist V in the completion of Electronic Medical Record, as it pertains to physics department.
  • Determines and implements optimal method for field shaping as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist, utilizing custom blocks or the multi-leaf collimators.
  • Performs and verifies accuracy of treatment calculations.
  • Accurately prepares patient chart paper and electronic for initial physics check before treatment delivery.
  • Completes electronic and paper documentation in a thorough and accurate manner to ensure proper treatment delivery.
  • Constructs or assists in the preparation of immobilization devices, treatment aids and shielding blocks which may include the lifting of objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Creates and oversees the implementation of complex treatment plans, including but not limited to: IMRT, IGRT, CBCT, Gating, Arc therapy, Tomotherapy, etc.
  • Assesses in vivo dosage using TLDs, diodes, mosfets, film, and records the results appropriately.
  • Informs physicians of the results and takes appropriate action when necessary.
  • Performs and records weekly physics quality control and quality assurance processes.
  • Completes proper documentation to ensure accurate patient charging.
  • Assures smooth workflow in Dosimetry section of physics.
  • Adheres to all radiation safety policies and procedures, ensuring the safety of patients, visitors and staff at all times.
  • Maintains supply needs of the physics section/departments.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff throughout the department.
  • Promotes a positive work environment.
  • Ensures that assigned work area meets hospital and department standards of safety and professional appearance.
  • Proactively identifies and addresses maintenance and facility issues as needed.
  • Maintains competencies and complies with continuing education requirements of credentialing agencies.
  • Orients to Additional Physics Functions assists in commissioning of new equipment, development of new treatment techniques, quantitative analysis of clinical trial data, and other appropriate physics duties.
  • Executes mandatory regulatory measurements, inventories, and logs in a timely fashion as legislated.
  • Assists physicians and other medical personnel in esoteric special patient procedures.
  • Measures, experimentally, machine parameters and calculates output of treatment units, which requires use of devices weighting approximately 50 pounds.
  • Plans, verifies, and implements accurate radiation dosage for Radiation Oncology patients.
  • Performs and analyzes pertinent functions for quality control of radiation devices, and provides documentation.
  • Performs minor maintenance of radiation producing machines.
  • Participates in defining need, parameters, and budget for new equipment.
  • Assists with research into new modalities, and uses of present treatment methods.
  • Assists with special procedures as needed 
  • Identifies quality issues to be addressed and brings to the attention of the Manager, Physicist V, and Quality Committee as appropriate.
  • Assists in the design and implementation of measurement tools and process improvements.
  • Collects and monitors data for key quality indicators and process improvement plans.
  • This position is not responsible for the supervision of others, however in absence of Physicist V (or when delegated by Physicist V), Physics IV does assume the responsibility of supervision of Physicist V. This position requires the assessment and treatment of patients of all ages, including pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric.




  • Board Certified in Therapeutic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology or American College of Medical Physics.
  • Master's or PhD Degree in Medical Physics or equivalent.
  • Registered with Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety as an approved Therapeutic Radiological Physicist.
  • Demonstrated excellence as a Radiation Physicist in Therapeutic Radiology.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.


  • Five years previous supervisory experience.
  • Proven skills in independent clinical research resulting in publication and peer reviewed journals.


Additional Information

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.