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Proton Therapy Physicist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic medical physicist, to join a team of physicists, engineers and dosimetrists/technologists in the provision of radiotherapy physics services in proton therapy.

You will have achieved state registration or be eligible with equivalent radiotherapy physics experience. You will have a practical and theoretical understanding of dosimetry and quality assurance for radiotherapy equipment and of treatment planning techniques. Experience with Proton Beam radiotherapy would be an advantage but is not essential.

The work will involve contact with patients and the ability to communicate clearly and sympathetically with patients having a variety of backgrounds is essential.

Main duties of the job

The main role of this post is to provide support to all aspects of the work of the Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Physics Group including QA, dosimetry, treatment planning and checking. The post-holder will also contribute to and initiate developments within the PBT Physics service and contribute to research and teaching.

Dosimetry and QA is performed outside clinical hours and requires the post-holder to participate in the duty rota of early and late shifts. The role requires shift-working patterns including some Saturday working

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Radiotherapy Physics Services consists of a team of over 60 staff consisting of clinical scientists, dosimetrists and engineers.

The Radiotherapy Physics Section is part of a multi-disciplinary team in the Department of Clinical Oncology, which sees about 2000 new patients per year. The Radiotherapy Department is equipped with four Varian TrueBEAM linear accelerators. The department equipment also includes one orthovoltage unit and an Elekta High Dose Rate Brachytherapy unit. Planning equipment includes a CT simulator with full 4D imaging capabilities for Respiratory Gated studies. The Department offers a variety of specialised treatment services and is continually developing advanced treatment techniques. Treatments offered include: IMRT Volumetric Arc Therapy IGRT CT-based TBI Ultrasoundguided and CT-planned HDR prostate brachytherapy.

UCLH provides one of two national Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centres for the UK. The proton department is equipped with four Varian ProBEAM gantries with dedicated CT and MR planning. ARIA and Eclipse is in use across both radiotherapy and proton therapy. The proton service is sited within the Trusts campus in the heart of the capital where it enjoys a close collaboration with UCL on ground breaking research projects. The site has direct access to the Trusts existing radiotherapy department and will be a closely located to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Good First Degree in a Physical Science or equivalent
  • Relevant Masters or higher degree
  • STP or IPEM Training Exit Certificate or equivalent Experience
  • State Registration or expectation that the successful candidate will work towards registration



  • Relevant experience in Radiotherapy Dosimetry and Quality Assurance
  • Relevant experience in Treatment Planning
  • Knowledge of radiotherapy techniques and clinical applications including PBT
  • Experience in the clinical environment in PBT

Personal and People Development


  • Evidence of Continuing personal development (CPD)
  • Willingness to attend courses and keep abreast of developments in the service


  • Experience of training junior Staff including doctors and radiographers

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


University College London Hospitals

250 Euston Road



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