Research Technologist, Medical Physics
Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Halifax, NS
Req ID: 34057
Location: Central Zone, Dickson Building - QEII
Company: NSHA
Department: 60073380 RSH 892889
Type of Employment: Casual Hourly FT long-term (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Management/Non Union Bargaining Unit - Management/ Non-Union
Posting Closing Date: 18-Jun-19

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

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 NSHA Department of Medical Physics is the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada and fulfils mandated clinical support, advanced research and teaching. Clinical resources include nine IGRT-equipped clinical linear accelerators, an orthovoltage treatment unit, CT imaging platforms, HDR brachytherapy and Eclipse and iPlan TPSs. Research facilities include a complete and fully staffed electronics shop, machine shop, research RT planning systems, a 3D printing laboratory, and a computing grid.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic R&D team working on five separate, cutting-edge innovations to improve precision radiotherapy and radiosurgery. The team includes postdoctoral fellows, PhD and master’s students, software developers, engineers, radiation therapists, a project manager and four medical physicist PIs.

The project for which the applicant will be applying involves using capacitive motion sensing to monitor patient motion during radiotherapy.

Duties include:
Data analysis and device calibration including: Implementing online algorithms, training a neural network using acquired data sets
Design and implement data acquisition and control systems, critically analyze data, and report findings
Assisting with designing two prototype detectors, design and implementation of data acquisition and control systems, EM shielding and interfacing with a clinical linear accelerator as well as the fabrication of phantoms

MSc degree in electrical engineering, computer science, medical physics, biomedical engineering or related field required
Proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Matlab, C, and Python required
Experience in real-time data acquisition using Matlab, LabVIEW and Python with DAQ interfaces
Experience in data processing
Experience with machine learning and deep learning is an asset
Experience in real-time data acquisition using Matlab, LabVIEW and Python with DAQ interfaces
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Experience in R&D in the hospital environment is an asset, particularly with a focus on medical physics or biomedical engineering
Experience with radiation oncology equipment and treatment planning systems is an asset
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Long assignment, full-time position, 75 hrs bi-weekly (Occasional evening and weekend work as required)
Beginning July 15, 2019 with an expected end date of July 31, 2020 (Approximately 24 months)
  • Dates are subject to change.
Salary Information

$25.3941 - $31.7426 hourly

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 the below documents and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid Registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy. Only online applications are accepted.

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