Physicist – Radiation Oncology

Full Time

UVMHN – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

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Full Time

Location(s): Plattsburgh

Location(s): Plattsburgh

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The Staff Physicist is responsible for the radiation physics requirements of CVPH according to the NYS Department of Health 10 NYCRR 16 and ACR requirements.  The Staff Physicist functions as the Radiation Safety Officer and develops/maintains the Radiation Safety Program.  The Staff Physicist is responsible for participation in the clinical aspects of external radiation therapy and brachytherapy, monitoring and calibration of radiation therapy treatment equipment, and oversight of the quality control program for radiation producing equipment according to ACR, NYSDOH and The Joint Commission requirements.  The Staff Physicist participates in the design of the radiation therapy facility and commissions linear accelerators, treatment planning computers and other radiation producing equipment.  The physicist participates in establishing and monitoring the record and verify systems for Radiation Therapy.  Directly supervises the technical staff and clinical function of the section of Radiation Oncology.  Collaborates with the Director of Oncology Services to meet the established goals related to budget, staffing, regulatory agency requirements as well as staff, patient and physician satisfaction.


Certification Requirements

  • ABR/ACR certified or eligible in radiation medical physics required.
  • Certification in diagnostic physics preferred.
  • New York State Licensure required.

Job Requirements

  • Holds a master of science degree in medical physics, medical physicist, therapeutic radiology.
  • Experience in quality assurance and calibration on a variety of radiation producing equipment.
  • Experience with design of Radiation Therapy facilities and commissioning of linear accelerators, treatment planning computers and other radiation producing equipment preferred.
  • Experience as the Radiation Safety Officer preferred.
  • Travel to support other New York UVM Health Network sites may be required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Actively participates in the clinical aspects of radiation therapy which includes medical physics support for radiation dosimetry, treatment planning and calculation of dose distribution. This also includes intracavitary/interstitial brachytherapy, weekly physics review of charts and review of daily QA on acclerators.
  • Collaborates with the radiation therapy technologists, dosimetrist and block cutter.
  • Acts as a resource and mentor to the dosimetrist in relation to all aspects of treatment planning and dose verification.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Physicist oversees the linear accelerator delivery of the prescribed treatment.
  • Collaborates with the director and the radiation oncologist in planning of equipment selection for and implementation of radiation oncology programming.
  • Provides input in the purchase of radiation equipment by:
    • Providing input in the design and specification development process for Radiation Therapy providing recommendations for purchase;
    • Providing recommendation for purchase after equipment bids have been received, reviews specifications.
  • Participates in the Radiation Oncology QA Program.
  • Collaborates with the Senior Physicist in the implementation of the Quality Control Program for all ionizing radiation producing equipment. Maintains related records.
  • Participates in the maintenance of radiation therapy treatment equipment by:
    • Determination of performance characteristics of the radiation producing machines;
    • Performance and calibrations on machines to maintain accuracy of all radiation producing equipment;
    • Participates in the acceptance of new radiation producing equipment;
    • Works in collaboration with biomedical engineering in the maintenance of all radiation therapy treatment machines.
  • Maintains radioisotope inventory records.
  • Conducts leak tests on sealed radiation sources.
  • Conducts or supervises the required surveys for radiation contamination
  • Maintains and upgrades, as necessary, operational guidelines/procedures to assure compliance for Radiation Safety Program according to The Joint Commision (TJC), NYSDOH, and ACRO requirements.
  • Participates in the preparation, monitoring, after loading, and removal of sources for brachytherapy according to New York State Bureau of Radioactive Materials Licensure and CVPH Medical Center guidelines.
  • Assists in the provision of patient instruction for permanent brachytherapy implants, injections and PO
  • Performs Radiation Safety Inservices to appropriate staff annually.
  • Reviews and maintains all film badge records.
  • Investigates all overexposure on film badges and makes recommendations for corrections/changes.
  • Participates in the strategic plan acquisition of radiation therapy equipment which provides appropriate state of the art radiation therapy services.
  • Provides radiation therapy physics support to other UVM Network hospitals in New York as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Health Insurance is available to all full-time and part-time employees. CVPH utilizes a high deductible health insurance plan and may contribute to employees’ related Health Savings Accounts.


Dental Insurance may be purchased by employees with pre-tax dollars. The SEIU 1199 union offers an additional plan option for their members.


The Flexible Benefit Plan is a program to help full and part-time employees defray the costs of health insurance premiums, qualified medical expenses and qualifying dependent (child or elder) care expenses. This Plan includes benefit dollars provided by the hospital, and an employee may make additional voluntary contributions to use for these costs.


CVPH provides Life Insurance (at 2x base compensation) and accidental death and dismemberment coverage for full and part-time employees. An employee may purchase supplemental life insurance for him/herself, spouse, children and/or grandchildren.


Paid time off includes vacation, personal, sick and holiday (8 per year) time. Available amounts and accrual rates vary by position and longevity at the hospital. Additional leave categories include bereavement and jury duty.


NYSNA union, management and non-union employees: CVPH contributes a defined contribution amount to a supplemental tax deferred annuity (a 403(b) program); these employees may contribute further to the 403(b) with CVPH matching the contribution up to a set limit.

SEIU 1199 union employees: employees may contribute to the 403(b) program, and CVPH contributes to the SEIU 1199 union pension on behalf of these employees.


There are a number of funding avenues for employees to use to help cover the cost of further education. Contact Learning & Development for more information.

Other CVPH Employee Benefits

  • Discount on purchases at our onsite retail pharmacy, the Outpatient Pharmacy
  • 25% discount in cafeteria when you swipe your employee badge
  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • CVPH Credit Union located right off the main lobby: checking and savings accounts, auto and personal loans are available
  • Employee Assistance Service: a confidential and free service providing assistance with a broad range of issues that may be affecting an employee’s life and work.
  • Public Notaries are available onsite.
  • Gift Shop, located off the main lobby
  • Free onsite parking
  • Numerous wellness programs through Occupational Health & Wellness, including onsite Weight Watchers, Zumba, Yoga, health-focused cafeteria menu options
  • Nursing Moms Room
  • Vendor discounts including Sam’s, Verizon, Dell, Whiteface Mountain (1-hour away), local movie theatre tickets, Six Flag’s Great Escape (1.5 hours away) and more
  • Onsite shopping options through visiting retailers (jewelry, clothing, gifts, shoes, etc.)
  • Hospital-arranged group trips for shopping, theatre, and concerts

Medical/Dental Insurance

Paid Time Off

Retirement Options

About UVMHN – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

Trusted local care. A network of expertise.

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is part of The University of Vermont Health Network, a six-hospital network serving patients and their families in Northern New York and Vermont. While we have changed our name, our commitment to the community remains the same.

Our hospitals and physicians are bringing the best of community and academic medicine together as one, sharing their knowledge and resources to give you access to leading-edge technology, advanced treatment options and the highest level of compassionate care. All of this, closer to home.

The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) is part of a six-hospital network serving patients and their families in northern New York and Vermont. We’re not just caregivers and staff – we’re your friends and neighbors, offering expertise and compassionate care as close to home as possible. That’s what we call the heart and science of medicine.

Quick Facts About CVPH


  • 300 inpatient beds
  • All inpatient acute rooms are private
  • 34 skilled nursing residents in our Skilled Nursing Facility
  • An average of 25 admissions per day
  • Approximately 775 outpatients cared for daily


In the Community

Hospitals are just one part of the complete health care picture.  A truly healthy community has a multitude of entities working together to meet the needs of our customers and build healthier communities.

The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is a six-hospital system designed to offer highly integrated health care across the communities of Vermont and northern New York. The six hospitals in the network include The University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, Vermont), Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin, Vermont), Porter Medical Center (Middlebury, VT), Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (Plattsburgh, New York), Alice Hyde Medical Center (Malone, NY) Elizabethtown Community Hospital (Elizabethtown, New York) and Home Health & Hospice (Colchester, VT).

Adirondack Health Institute
Adirondack Health Institute expands regional collaboration among health care and social service providers serving the Adirondacks.  AHI’s goal is to help  members  and their communities navigate the ever changing health care industry through partnerships  and collaboration.

Adirondacks ACO
Adirondacks ACO is an accountable care organization working with Medicare  to make it easier for doctors and hospitals to work together to keep communities healthier and improve the quality of care.  A network of more than 450 participating primary and specialty clinicians coordinate health care for about 30,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Washing and Northern  Saratoga counties of New York and Grande Isle and Chittenden counties of Vermont.

Adirondack Medical Home
The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot is a collaborative effort by health care providers and public and private insurers to transform the health care delivery system in this rural, upstate New York region.  This “medical home” isn’t a place; it’s a model for care that centers on the patient and increases the role of the primary care provider promoting a coordinated, team approach.

Clinton County Health Department
CVPH and the Clinton County Health Department have enjoyed a long partnership and shared responsibility of the health of the community.  Together with other agencies and stakeholders, CVPH the Health Department coordinated:

The Community Health Assessment (CHA)
The CHA identifies and prioritizes the health care challenges currently faced by Clinton County residents. The findings in this CHA are from a two year process of collecting and analyzing data and consulting with stakeholders throughout the community and the region. They are intended to help members of the community, especially healthcare providers, work together to provide best practice program and service interventions designed to improve the overall health and well being of all residents of Clinton County.

View Clinton County’s Community Health Assessment 2019-2021

Community Service Plan

The Community Service Plan for Clinton County is a three-year plan identifying health issues facing the community and defining a course of action to utilize existing programs and resources and for creating new initiatives to address them.

View Clinton County’s Community Service Plan 2019-2021.

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