Co-Op - Proton Therapy

The Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children's is one of only about 30 centers in the country. Proton therapy is one of the most advanced technological developments in the field of radiation oncology. Proton therapy delivers tumor destroying doses of radiation while sparing more healthy tissues than conventional radiation, effectively reducing side effects for patients while minimizing risk of secondary cancer as a result of treatment. The proton therapy facility is supported by a multi-disciplinary group consisting of physicians, scientists, physicists, radiation therapists, nurses and other supporting clinical staff. To learn about proton therapy, please go to:

The Medical Physics group at the proton therapy center is responsible for machine quality assurance, patient quality assurance, treatment planning, clinical support, and radiation safety, in addition to other facility supportive responsibilities. Furthermore, the Medical Physics group is integral to the ongoing research and development mission at the proton therapy center. The Proton Co-Op Student (PCOS) works alongside the Medical Physicists in support of the proton therapy center.

The Proton Co-Op Student primarily engages in three activities. First, the PCOS works alongside the Medical Physics group engaging in all tasks related to Quality Management Program of the Proton Therapy Center. Second, the PCOS supports a clinical or development projects, which is hands-on, practical and related to a goal of improving either the efficiency or efficacy of the proton therapy center. Third, the PCOS works with the center Medical Physics and Therapy staffs to identify operational improvement opportunities and proposes and implements a solution. All of this work is under the supervision and at the instruction of the Medical Physics group.

Primary Responsibilities

Working under the supervision and at the instruction of the Medical Physicists, assist in the collection of quality assurance and beam data. This includes, but is not limited to, commissioning data, both machine and patient quality assurance data, radiation safety data, and other data-driven or measurement-driven projects/tasks. Participate in translational research, development projects and/or operational improvement projects, with special focus on improving or expanding

clinical and technical practices or improving quality or efficiency of operations. Provide accurate record keeping, data analysis and documentation. Present findings and progress to Medical Physicists. Potential to co-author abstracts or publications.

Skills & Competencies

No experience required.

Required: Student or Graduate Student in physics, engineering or applied science.
  • Motivated work ethic, detail-oriented and systematic in thought and approach, exemplary documentation and communication skills
  • Strong or advanced skills in Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel;
  • Hands-on skills, such as setting up, using and tearing down equipment, with special consideration given to experience with detectors, particularly radiation detectors;
  • Experience with computer languages, for example MatLab or Python, is strongly considered.