Facility Lead - Medical Physics

Job Description

Sydney, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Health Authority
1482 George Street, Sydney, NS B1P 1P3
$ 69.93
1 March 2018
24 March 2018
Permanent, full-time

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Nova Scotia Health Authority, Atlantic Canada’s largest academic health care organization, is recruiting a Facility Lead of Medical Physics for the Cancer Care Program at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As a member of the Department of Medical Physics, you will join eleven oncology and two imaging physicists within the Department of Medical Physics.  At the Sydney facility, you will join a dynamic team of one clinical physicist, three radiation oncologists, three dosimetrists, eleven radiation therapists and two electronics engineering technologists. The Facility Lead of Clinical Medical Physics serves a vital role in the Provincial Cancer Care Program, overseeing all aspects of administering clinical medical physics service at the Facility, in accordance with provincial standards. The Facility Lead of Clinical Medical Physics reports directly to the Chief of Medical Physics and ensures that radiation therapy is delivered in an accurate, effective, safe manner using contemporary methods and following national and international standards and guidelines. The Facility Lead of Clinical Medical Physics oversees the administration of Quality Assurance (QA) program addressing all steps of the radiation therapy process as directed by the Technical Quality Control committee. He/she oversees treatment planning and compliance with relevant standards established by the Provincial Cancer Care Program.  He/she oversees radiation safety and protection as relevant to radiation therapy at the Facility, serving as the Departmental Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The Facility Lead of Clinical Medical Physics coordinates training sessions to medical physicists, radiation oncologists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists on clinical techniques. The Facility Lead of Clinical Medical Physics ordinarily holds an academic appointment in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and assists in the teaching of students, residents and fellows in medical physics and radiation oncology.


The successful candidate will be expected to advance the Department’s academic mandate of research and post-graduate training activities. Academically, you will have a faculty appointment in the Dalhousie University Department of Radiation Oncology and support CAMPEP-accredited Masters, Doctoral and Certificate programs in medical physics. The programs include nine graduate courses with thesis research in areas including novel technology for image guidance in radiotherapy, innovative approaches to arc-based therapy, improved methods for dosimetry of HDR brachytherapy and applications of functional and molecular imaging to radiation therapy. The Department of Medical Physics is highly supportive of research initiative among its faculty with regard to provision of resources and dedicated time, and provides internal funding for graduate students.  

The treatment facility in Sydney includes one Varian Clinac IX, one TrueBeam unit and one CT simulator. The Eclipse/Aria planning and information system is centralized and deployed through Citrix, allowing sharing of knowledge and treatment planning across both centres in the province.

Additional Information

Located on the northern point of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is known globally for its breathtaking natural landscape, safe and friendly communities and a culture rich in history, tradition and charm. There is no shortage of museums, national historic sites, international festivals and events. This along with access to unlimited outdoor activities, on both land and sea, adds the perfect complement to your work life.


To be considered, you hold a PhD in Physics or Medical Physics, certification by the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine or equivalent, and a minimum of 10 years of clinical experience. 

You have proven record of leadership in radiation oncology medical physics.  Preferably you have an established record in research, teaching and graduate supervision.

In addition, you bring exceptional interpersonal, communication, organization and problem-solving skills.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

* Permanent, full-time; 75 hours bi-weekly

Salary Information

Facility Lead - Medical Physics

$69.9278 - $91.7649 hourly plus a bi-weekly stipend of $461.53.

How to Apply:

Please use the following link to apply directly on our website:  https://career17.sapsf.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=15221&company=NSHAP&username=

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit a criminal record check and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment.

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Krista Kempster

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