Research Fellow - Berbeco Lab

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


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Full time


A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics and Biophysics. The successful applicant will participate in an NIH-funded project to develop and translate novel flat-panel x-ray detectors for image-guided radiation oncology.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The qualified candidate will work with simulated and measured imaging data sets to design, develop and test novel flat-panel x-ray detectors for radiation therapy procedures. This will require independent computational work as well as experiment acquisition and analysis. Frequent communication with internal and external collaborators is expected as well as preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Computational models of novel detector configurations
  • Image acquisition and analysis using commercial or developed tools
  • Evaluation in the context of therapeutic interventions (i.e. radiation)
  • Designing experiments and executing protocols
  • Effective communication of resultsThis project is an NIH-funded academic-industrial partnership with Varian Medical Systems, Inc. The goal of this project is to design, develop, construct and test a novel x-ray detector for high quality/low-dose volumetric imaging. 
  • The person hired for this position will join the team in this effort and will participate in the design and development of novel flat-panel detectors for clinical translation. This person will also help with the generation of tools needed for analysis and evaluation of images and help maintain, support, and document shared tools, code base, and data sets


Candidates with a PhD, or equivalent, in physics, astronomy, computer science, medical physics, imaging science, engineering or a related subject are invited to apply. We are seeking motivated individuals with well-developed communication skills and the desire and talent to tackle technical problems. Significant programming experience is a must; familiarity with image processing, tomographic reconstruction techniques and/or Monte Carlo simulation packages such as GATE would be valued highly. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to perform both self-directed and guided research are required. Must demonstrate outstanding personal initiative and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Ability to meet deadlines and efficiently multitask is a must.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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