Testimonies

What people that now work in Medical physics have to say about their experiences.

JobsForAstronomers: What is your current job?
Claudine: I'm a medical physicist in radiotherapy at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

JobsForAstronomers: What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
Claudine: I am very satisfied with my current job. I have routine duties at the hospital but I also work in research and development (most medical physicists are involved in research and development projects at the hospital/clinic where they work).

JobsForAstronomers: What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
Claudine: You need a Master's degree (preferably a Doctorate) in Physics or Medical Physics.

JobsForAstronomers: What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
Claudine: You need about two years of clinical practise, depending on the country where you work, to become a medical physics expert (MPE). I also follow lectures in medical physics and medecine to complete my training. This is highly recommended but not mandatory. Once I obtain my MPE certificate, I will be able to look for permanent jobs at hospitals/clinics as a medical physicist.

JobsForAstronomers: What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
Claudine: I was a postdoc in astro-particle physics (neutrino astronomy and gamma-ray astronomy) at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. I did my PhD also in the same field and studied fundamental physics for my master's degree.