Lead Radiologic Engr-Physics

New Haven, CT
Jul 26, 2019


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.


Under the direct supervision of the Smilow Chief Physicist or the Regional Chief Physicist, responsible for coordinating the engineering services in radiation oncology. Also responsible for the repair and maintenance of radiation therapy equipment within the Department of Therapeutic Radiology. Evaluates specifications of equipment under consideration for purchase, and advises the Department on matters, such as utility requirements, maintenance costs, safety issues and general operating characteristics.

  • 1. Coordinates the engineering services for radiation oncology:
  • 1.1 Coordinates work schedules for coverage of engineers, identifies best resource utilization through proactive analysis of previous trends.
  • 1.2 Manage electronic engineering service system including, but not limited to, active equipment issue and service logs, equipment PMI schedule and service contract status, etc.
  • 1.3 Collects and analyzes data on equipment issues and downtime, identifies trend and opportunities for system optimization, and reports related information to QI committee
  • 1.4 Develops and maintains department equipment list and spare parts inventory
  • 1.5 Promotes ongoing and effective communication with staff and leadership at each service location
  • 1.6 Collaborates with IT staff to ensure optimal function of all systems
  • 1.7 Serves as Liaison from engineering team for all technology evaluation, implementation, and services
  • 1.8 Identifies, coordinates, and conducts developmental projects to further improve the safety and efficiency of radiation therapy delivery
  • 1.9 Assists in engineering performance evaluations, ensures all engineers maintain competency on equipment service and share work equally
  • 2. Responds to equipment problems:
  • 2.1 Ct Simulator systems
  • 2.2 Linear Accelerators
  • 2.3 GammaMed (afterloading system)
  • 2.4 Portal Imagers
  • 2.5 Orthovoltage treatment unit
  • 2.6 Various other equipment and instruments
  • 3. Equipment repairs:
  • 3.1 Assesses and arranges for the repair of department equipment.
  • 3.2 Coordinates and assists, as needed, in vendor scheduled and unscheduled on site support services.
  • 3.3 Utilizes contract services to minimize downtime as needed and as available through phone support, remote desktop support, etc.
  • 4. Treatment device fabrication:
  • 4.1 Design instruments and devices required for radiation treatments with guidance and cooperation from other members of the physics section.
  • 4.2 Fabricates devices from metals or plastics with high precision based on plans or defective components.
  • 4.3 Assists in the design and fabrication of clinical research devices.
  • 5. Preventative Maintenance:
  • 5.1 Conducts routine checkups of equipment to maintain smooth operation and avoid major costs for repair.
  • 5.2 Arrange and coordinate repair of issues identified in Preventative Maintenance with minimum downtime and cost.
  • 5.3 Keep abreast of electronic and computer devices which are part of the department''s treatment delivery systems (laser, microwave, CT, etc.).
  • 5.4 Design, develop and do troubleshooting of electronic circuits, as needed.
  • 6. Quality Assurance:
  • 6.1 Operates quality assurance program for major radiation therapy equipment to assure that electrical and mechanical characteristics are within acceptable limits of clinical application.
  • 6.2 Understands the basic electrical and plumbing systems used in the radiation equipment in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology and is capable of making emergency repairs and implementing equipment shutdowns.
  • 6.3 Keeps inventory of spare parts, so that emergency repairs can be kept at minimum loss of time.
  • 6.4 Maintains log of all service requests and equipment repairs provided by either in-house or vendor engineers.
  • 7. Risk Management:
  • 7.1 Inspect and evaluate equipment in regard to efficiency and safety.
  • 7.2 Monitor the output of `Material Safety Data Sheets'' (MSDS), a manual of all chemicals used in our department, The online- MSDS is used as a reference source for staff members in case of spills, abrasions, etc.
  • 7.3 Develop safety programs for hazardous materials
  • 8. New Equipment Assessment and Planning:
  • 8.1 Evaluates the specifications and suitability of various treatment machines and equipment under consideration for purchase and advises the department on matters, such as utility requirements, maintenance costs, and general operating characteristics.
  • 8.2 As needed, assists in the introduction of new technologies through coordination with department members and vendors
  • 8.3 As needed, assists IT, department members and vendors in the deployment of system upgrades, software and hardware.
  • 9. Machine shop and Electronic shop:
  • 9.1 Supervises the operation of the machine shop and the activities of the users, ie radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists, medical physicists, radiation therapy tech aids.
  • 9.2 Maintains liaison with Hospital Engineering Dept. to assure that the needs and requirements of the department are met with minimum interruption in clinical operations, etc.
  • 9.3 Maintains an orderly and properly functioning electronics and machine shops.
  • 9.4 Operates and maintains basic machine shop equipment, including latches, milling machines, band saws, drill presses, grinders, etc.
  • 10. Continuing Education
  • 10.1 Maintains a current working knowledge of the department''s treatment delivery systems.
  • 10.2 Be knowledgeable in emerging technologies and pending upgrades to assist in the planning, smooth deployment and maintenance of such technologies.

    Other information:


    B.S. in Electrical Engineering or related fields, with strong electronics background required.


    Preferred: Five (5) years experience in the repair and maintenance of medical linear accelerators. Alternatively, ten (10) years experience in the repair and maintenance of medical x-ray imaging equipment, or, as a bio-engineering equivalent in a hospital environment.


    Ability to prioritize and effectively coordinate work assignments among engineers, familiarity with troubleshooting of high and low voltage circuitry. Familiarity with configuration and network connectivity of Medical Linear Accelerators and Medical x-ray equipment computer control systems. Knowledge of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance program for high reliability of critical medical equipment. Ability to establish and maintain open lines of communications with all relevent departmental personnel.

    This position requires immediate response to needs which arise due to malfunctions in radiation therapy equipment at any given time. Responsible for conducting a program of quality assurance and for maintaining adequate levels of inventory of machine parts and repair equipment.

    Planning for major equipment repairs, and coordinating services from commercial vendors to affect these repairs, is required. Accelerator malfunctions can pose difficult problems for the most skilled engineers.

    The nature of the position frequently requires the engineer to work during the evening, as availability of major equioment items for routine service does not occur until 5PM

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    Job Info

    Job: 1422

    Department: Smilow Rad Physics New Haven
    Category: Research
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 40.000

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