According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.
Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:
It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:
- Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
- Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
- Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
- Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
- Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
- The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
- As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.
Conduct research in the areas including MRI-guided radiation therapy, adaptive radiotherapy, radiomics for treatment response assessment, and bio-physical modeling for treatment planning, with the following functions:
- Plan, design and execute complex research studies, procedures and protocols.
- Participate in discovery projects.
- Coordinate research study activities; lead and manage projects.
- Oversee organization, synthesis and analysis of data and findings.
- Prepare scientific reports, outcome findings and scientific manuscripts.
- Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff in which you will evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, and design and evaluate lab procedures.
- Maintain supplies, may require negotiation with vendors, and track purchase orders.
- May oversee the work of laboratory personnel including training and development as well as daily work direction, delegation and establishing priorities.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
Required knowledge: radiation physics, MRI, CT, or other medical imaging, and bio-physical modeling.
Skills and abilities: complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills
Building: Froedtert Cancer Center/Specialty Clinics
Department: Radiation Oncology
Reports to : Chief of Physics
Direct Reports Chief of Physics
Collaborates with : Medical Physicists/Post Docs/ Physics Residents
Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis
Minimum Required Education: PhD in a scientific field or MD
Minimum Required Experience: None
Grade Name NULL
Full-Time Equivalent 1.0
FLSA Status Exempt
FLSA Test Learned Professional
Workweek Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.
Complexity – regularly applied judgment to accomplish tasks; develops policies and procedures
Impact – errors may cause moderate to serious damage; accuracy highly important
Autonomy – performs work independently with regular check-ins; supervision available as needed
Communication – occasionally resolves conflicts; adapts communication style to audiences
Responsibility – advises others
Confidentiality – regularly prepares and uses confidential information
Leadership – acts as a role model
Work requires occasionally lifting moderate weight materials, standing, or walking continuously.
Little or no exposure to hazards such as dust, fumes, or extreme temperatures, airborne or blood borne pathogens, extreme temperatures, or allergens.
Ability to detect and translate speech or other communication required. May occasionally require the ability to distinguish colors and perceive relative distances between objects.
Occasional exposure to dust, noise, temperature changes, or contact with water or other liquids. Work is performed in an environmentally controlled environment.
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