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CommonSpirit Health Physicist - Radiation Oncology in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.



Develops radiotherapy treatment and assures quality of those treatments and the machines delivering the treatments.


  • Development and specifications for radiotherapy treatment and simulation equipment.

  • Development of procedures for acceptance testing and continuing evaluation of radiotherapy and simulation equipment.

  • Calibration and characterization of radiation from therapeutic sources and machines and their physical properties and arrangements.

  • Provision of documentation that radiotherapy and simulation equipment and sources meet accreditation and regulatory compliance requirements.

  • Specification, acceptance testing, management and supervision of computer systems and associated data bases used for treatment planning and calculation of treatment times or monitor units.

  • Implementation and management of dosimetric and beam delivery aspects of external beam and Brach therapy irradiation.

  • Provision of consultation to physicians in assuring accurate delivery of prescribed radiation dose to specific patient sand associated risk.

  • Development and management of Quality Control program.

  • Development/evaluation of radiation safety program, including written procedures for the protection of patients, workers, and the public.

  • Protective shielding design and radiation safety surveys.

  • Collecting treatment machine data required for patient dose calculations, entering such data into the treatment-planning computer.

  • Acceptance testing of new radiation therapy equipment.

  • Review of patient charts on a weekly basis.

  • Assist dosimetrists in preparing computer treatment plans.

  • Managers referrals to other medical prctices



  • Master of Science degree in Medical Physics as well as Board Certification is required.

  • Excellent command of the English language is required.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within in three (3) months of hire.

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Requisition ID 2020-122901

Employment Type Full Time

Department Cancer Center

Hours / Pay Period 80


Shift Day

Standard Hours Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Work Schedule 8 Hour


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.