24/04/2022: Assistant/associate professor Rad Onc @Pennsylvania University


The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine invites applications for an Associated Faculty position in Clinical Small Animal Radiation Oncology. This position is in the Academic Clinician (AC) track of the University of Pennsylvania and at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on the candidate’s experience.

Faculty in the AC track are primarily devoted to clinics (42 weeks per year) and teaching (clinical and didactic). Developing or maintaining a primary research program is not a focus of the AC track, and therefore is not a requirement for reappointment or promotion. AC faculty members may participate in clinical research projects primarily managed by other investigators. AC positions are long-term, non-tenured Associated Faculty positions with reappointment every three years; promotion along the ladder of the University Academic ranks is possible, if desired. Both reappointment and promotion require the faculty member to meet expectations for excellence in clinical activity, teaching, demonstration of an area of concentration in which the faculty member is considered subject matter expert, and sustained professionalism. 

For this position, the successful candidate will join PennVet’s existing Radiation Oncology service, which includes a Full Professor of Radiation Oncology in the AC track, one dedicated nurse-anesthetist, one Certified Veterinary Technician / service coordinator and 1 registered technologist in Radiation Therapy.  The successful candidate’s time will be devoted primarily to clinical service in small animal radiation oncology. The remaining time will be dedicated to study for Board preparation (if needed), citizenship to the Department, clinical and didactic teaching, and professional development. Advantages of the position include a Comprehensive Oncology service with dedicated medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists working as a team, a dynamic hospital setting with a diverse, complex caseload, and excellent support staff. PennVet is an exciting intellectual environment with outstanding residents and senior clinicians including faculty boarded in oncology, surgery, radiology, anesthesia, and clinical pathology. Facilities include a Varian Silhouette with RapidArc, OBI/CBCT, Eclipse TPS, and Aria R&V. Dedicated medical physics support is provided through the University of Pennsylvania’s healthcare system. Imaging modalities include a 16-slice CT and 1.5T MRI. The proximity to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine provides ample opportunities for collaboration and consultation for unusual cases or research opportunities. 

This position is particularly suited for junior applicants transitioning from residency who want to step into practice, as well as junior faculty looking to build and grow a program in a multi-specialty Academic referral center with a high caseload. The Comprehensive Oncology program is ideally positioned to offer outstanding oncology services and participates in multiple oncology clinical trials supported by the Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center (https://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/clinical-trials-vcic/about-the-vcic), the Penn Vet Cancer Center (https://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/centers-laboratories/center/penn-vet-cancer-center), as well as a full time faculty member dedicated to Oncology Clinical trials. The Ryan Veterinary Hospital at PennVet is located in a vibrant urban environment with an abundance of cultural resources, including music, art, theatres, and fine dining (www.upenn.edu/life-at-penn/philadelphia), with easy access to New York and Washington DC. Additionally, for outdoor enthusiasts, Wissahickon Valley Park, Valley Forge National Park, and many more recreational amenities are within minutes of the city and are easily accessible by bicycle and public transportation. 

Candidates must have a veterinary degree, have completed an approved radiation oncology residency training program and either achieved certification or be board-eligible in the American College of Veterinary Radiology-RO. Clinical responsibilities include treatment planning (including manual, forward, and inverse planning), participation in comprehensive oncology rounds, student, nurse, and house officer instruction and mentoring, and primary care of radiation oncology patients.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all employees at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn’s vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information. 

Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed until an appropriate candidate is identified. Interested applicants should apply electronically to: http://apply.interfolio.com/99351.
The system will prompt you to attach a letter of intent including a statement of personal goals, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references. The letters should be addressed to: Wilfried Mai, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ACVR, Dipl ECVDI, Professor of Radiology, and Search Committee Chair (wmai@vet.upenn.edu).  

Questions regarding the position should be sent Peggy Alfarano, Search Committee Coordinator (alfarano@upenn.edu).

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