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Old 11.04.2020, 23:29
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Re: Medical Physics jobs

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[*]How difficult would it be for him to find a job as a medical physics in a hospital?
Not too easy. A position must be open at the time he is searching. Unfortunately it's not like SW where any startup can create a number of new positions in a short time.
There were a couple at University Hospital Zurich two months ago, in Oncology (for Radiotherapy I suppose).

[*]Are there medical physics jobs (hospital, research etc) that do not require certification from SSRMP?
In some circumstances it can happen, but getting the SSRMP certification is very likely to become part of the duties, particularly if the position is mandated by law and subject to supervision by the ministry (BAG), e.g. when a clinic needs a certified person to overlook the dosimetry service.

[*]How long will the training/residency take? Does it have to be in the hospital he'll apply for?
The certification process is not a full-time course, it's more like some monthly seminars plus documented activity in the hospital and some final report. Publishing on the subject helps. Let's say two to three years, can't be precise (minimum is 18 months). The trainee needs to find a mentor (a certified SSRMP Medical Physicist), usually in the same hospital, and together they draw a timeline.
Check this and similar documents on the same website:

[*]Would it be possible for him to work in Switzerland but live in France / Germany? (say, getting a G permit)
To be discussed with the employer.

Regarding the language, usually English is not enough. Positions not requiring local language do exist, but then you will have to speak it anyways :-)
On the other side, English is not forbidden... some (most?) seminars belonging to the certification are in English, together with the associated communications. I guess it's just easier for them, than having the same seminar three times in the three national languages...

EDIT: a final note, let's consider that a Medical Physicist is not (necessarily) a Medical Doctor. He/She can be a Physicist, or a graduate from the MAS program at ETH. Some of the SSRMP seminars have a clinical content.

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