• Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Job Location US-TN-Memphis
    Radiation Oncology
    Faculty Member
    Austin Faught
  • Summary

    The Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a candidate for a two-year postdoctoral research position. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a renowned team at the U.S. News and World Report’s No. 1 ranked pediatric cancer hospital. As a part of the Department the postdoctoral fellow would have access to world-class resources, including the world’s first proton therapy center with pencil beam scanning technology designated solely for the treatment of pediatric cancer, the first in the world installation of detector-based spectral CT in a Radiation Oncology Department, state-of-the-art 1.5T and 3T MR scanners, and a recently installed digital PET/CT.


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

    • investigating relationships between linear energy transfer (LET) and toxicity events in pediatric patients
    • establishing planning strategies that minimize the impact of LET on plan quality
    • conducting focused research related to biological optimization of proton radiotherapy treatment plans


    The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the PIs, computational 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. Research activities include data collection, image analysis, dosimetry comparisons in treatment planning systems and Monte Carlo calculations, experimental validation with proton beams, and report and manuscript writing. Opportunities to gain clinical experience in proton and photon radiotherapy physics can be made available to fellows making adequate progress in their research work.

    Minimum Education

    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 excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong knowledge and experience in analytical and scientific programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, Java, etc.), experience with Monte Carlo dose calculations (familiarity with TOPAS desirable), and a working knowledge of radiation oncology physics. Experience specific to proton radiotherapy is desirable but not required.


    Contact Information


    Austin M. Faught, PhD, DABR

    Assistant Member, Department of Radiation Oncology

    262 Danny Thomas Place

    Memphis, TN 38105

    E-mail: austin.faught@stjude.org

    Web: https://www.stjude.org/faught


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