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Position Title: Chief Medical Physicist - Southern Blood & Cancer Service (Dunedin Hospital)
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/week)
Date Posted: 11/09/2020
Application Closing Date: 02/10/2020 11PM
Job #: 063921
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Chief Medical Physicist

Southern Blood & Cancer Service, Dunedin Hospital

  • Opportunity to lead our service, and help implement new clinical techniques
  • Full-time permanent 1.0FTE vacancy (40 hours per week)


Are you looking for a new challenge?  Southern District Health Board has an exciting opportunity for you to make your mark.  We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Chief Medical Physicist to join our friendly team in Dunedin Hospital on a full-time, permanent basis.


Radiation Oncology Physics Team at Dunedin Hospital

The Southern Blood & Cancer Service (SBCS) provides a Radiation Oncology Service for the entire Southern region. Medical Physicists play a vital role in the clinical application of radiation to treat cancer. As part of a multidisciplinary team you will ensure that treatments are safe and effective. We are seeking an experienced Medical Physicist to lead a team of eight Medical Physicists, two Registrars and two Technicians.

The service has three Linear Accelerators including an Elekta HD Versa, Varian TrueBeam and Clinac iX, a Monaco treatment planning system and Mosaiq oncology patient management system, Siemens CT scanner, & an Ortho-Voltage unit. SBCS delivers Body Stereotactic treatment for lung and spine in addition to providing the national cranial stereotactic service. The Physicist will be expected to engage in all areas of medical physics including TEAP medical physicist registrar training.


Position Requirements

As Chief Physicist, you will be expected to provide both operational and professional leadership for comprehensive, efficient, effective and safe Radiation Oncology Physics support within the Oncology and Haematology Service at Southern District Health Board. You will provide advice to, and collaborate with the clinical management partnership to promote efficiency, productivity and patient safety. You will be expected to foster excellence in quality practice standards and professional conduct, and develop AHS&T clinicians and assistants. A primary function of this role is to empower the profession-specific workforce.

You will have a proven ability to lead development of clinical techniques and innovations. You must possess ACPSEM certification/accreditation in Radiation Oncology Medical Physics, or an international equivalent, and have a post-graduate degree in Medical Physics or Physics. You must have experience with Elekta and Varian Linacs including clinical experience with Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR); and Linac quality assurance procedures. It is desirable to have Elekta Monaco treatment planning experience.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a large geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it is surfing, kayaking, sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.  Why don’t you check out for what we can offer you and your whanau.

If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for then apply today!


Closing Date: Friday, 2nd October 2020

Shortlisting for interviews will be based on a review of the application covering letter, CV and statements addressing the key selection criteria. Please note we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and if necessary withdraw the advertising at any time. If you are interested in this position, please do not delay! For further information about the recruitment process, please contact Karen Cope, Recruitment Advisor – Medical Directorate. Phone: (03) 470 9605 or Email:


Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position potentially having contact with children, and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.


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