The BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of cancer services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. It operates six regional cancer centres in Surrey, Kelowna, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Abbotsford and Prince George. The BC Cancer Agency's Research Centre conducts research into the causes and cures for cancer.
BCCA is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.
Provincial Medical Imaging Physicist
BC Cancer Agency – Vancouver Centre
Regular Full-time Opportunity
Reporting to the program’s provincial Medical Director while working in concert with regional Medical Physicists, the Medical Imaging Physicist develops and oversees a comprehensive provincial quality assurance program as it relates to Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scanners and associated equipment at each regional Functional Imaging facility as well as develops and oversees quantitative dosimetry studies performed for clinical therapeutic and diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures (clinical and research) at the Vancouver Centre. The Medical Imaging Physicist will also liaise with the regional Medical Physicists and Radiation Safety Officers in maintaining regulatory compliant radiation safety programs in each regional facility and participates in research by developing/implementing new imaging and data analysis techniques/methodologies, maintaining research imaging servers, and teaching staff/students on current and new imaging developments at the Vancouver Centre.
Clinical Quality Assurance
- Develops, administers, and evaluates all technical aspects of the functional imaging quality assurance program including patient dosing, equipment acceptance testing and periodic equipment certification/calibration, and liaising with vendors in coordinating ongoing equipment maintenance.
- Coordinates and manages departmental computer systems, including PACS, in collaboration with IMITS, technical and medical staff, and researchers.
- Develops and implements radiation dosimetry calculations for radionuclide therapy studies.
- Develops the quality assurance program by implementing and reviewing procedures for quality control of radioisotopes.
- Coordinates and maintains departmental radiation safety program in collaboration with Radiation Safety Officer to ensure program compliance with provincial and federal regulations and industry standards.
Research and Evaluation
- Supervises and performs applied and basic research related to physics in functional imaging and instrumentation.
- Performs radiation dosimetry calculations for research studies
- Performs analysis of gamma ray spectra for research radioisotopes to determine their purity and suitability for clinical studies
- Develops physics research projects for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at conferences.
- Obtains industrial research grant funding.
- Teaches and trains staff and students in the use of new techniques and technologies.
Education, Training and Experience
- A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Doctoral degree in Physics related to Medical Imaging and 2 years of work experience leading medical imaging physics in a PET/CT program.
- Certification by the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) in Diagnostic/Radiological Physics or equivalent certification is desirable.
Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulations as they pertain to medical imaging
- Demonstrated knowledge in medical imaging technologies with a focus on PET/CT and Nuclear Medicine
- Comprehensive knowledge of radiation and radiation safety with the ability to teach, demonstrated strong record of research productivity.
- Excellent computer skills, notably with the use of dosimetry software, and excellent programming skills with knowledge of matlab and other relevant programming languages. Sufficient familiarity with major operating systems to be able to administer computer systems and servers used in research.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills coupled with excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to work in a complex multidisciplinary environment.
Interested individuals should forward a covering letter and detailed curriculum vitae to:
Advisor, Talent Acquisition
Applications will be accepted until filled.
The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.