Job Information

University of Utah Nuclear Pharmacist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/14/2023

Requisition Number PRN35354B

Job Title Nuclear Pharmacist

Working Title Nuclear Pharmacist

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Full-time position involving a schedule based on nuclear pharmacy and manufacturing operational demands. The current standard operating hours of the nuclear pharmacy are from 2:00 am – 12:00 pm. There may also be some on-call requirements as necessary. The typical work week is Monday through Friday. In very rare instances a weekend shift may be required.

VP Area President

Department 01188 - HCI Molec Img Prog Operations

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 75900 to 148100

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Nuclear Pharmacist position within our growing academic and commercial radiopharmaceutical facility containing two cyclotron facilities, preclinical labs, and a clinical theranostic research program. Performs manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals with a team of nuclear pharmacists, radiochemists, technicians, and engineers. The position will take on responsibilities in quality oversite and product release requiring the individual to have the necessary experience or willingness to be trained in quality assurance according to 21 CFR 212, USP 825, and other regulatory requirements. Must be motivated, team-oriented, and committed to expanding their knowledge and experience in a clinically oriented academic and commercial program. Incumbents will experience moderate exposure to hazardous materials or physical risk, which requires adhering to radiation and other safety practices.

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

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  • Pharm.D or B.S. in Pharmacy.
  • Must be licensed as an Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist in the State of Utah within 4 weeks of the start date.
  • Must have effective communication skills, customer service skills, and work well with others.
  • Experience in compounding, preparation, and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Experience with federal, state, and industry audits and inspections.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description and general responsibilities.
  • Detail-oriented, self-directed, able to work autonomously, and able to multitask effectively.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description and general responsibilities.
  • Physical demands: Clear speech, good hearing, and at least 20/20 corrected vision (which can include the use of glasses, contact lenses, etc). Ability to lift up to 110 lbs.

Essential Functions

As a Nuclear pharmacist, your duties may be highly varied from time to time and may include but not be limited to:

  • Responsible and accountable under State Pharmacy Law, for all actions of personnel working in the permitted pharmacy area
  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory commitments including the cGMP, Radiation Safety, Pharmacy laws and facility standard operating procedures ( SOP ) and policies, and other applicable Federal, State, and Local authorities
  • As needed, operates cyclotron and associated equipment in compliance with protocols and good ALARA radiation safety practices.
  • As needed, operates automated radiochemistry synthesis equipment in compliance with protocols and cGMP and FDA regulations.
  • Preparation and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Assist in maintaining inventory and ordering supplies.
  • Ensure performance of good aseptic technique including sterile product preparation under GMP and USP standards.
  • Ensure performance of QC procedures using analytical equipment (Radio- TLC , GC, and HPLC ) and chemical tests per standard operating procedures.
  • Troubleshoots cyclotron laboratory equipment using mechanical, electronic, and basic science skills. Develops new processes and writes protocols for equipment.
  • Assures that packaging and shipping of radioactive material are in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains all applicable documents and records.
  • Prepares and maintains records of research radiopharmaceuticals being evaluated at the University of Utah Medical Center.
  • Prepares shipment of radioactive materials according to procedure and licensing authorities requirements.
  • Assists in the development of PET , SPECT , and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals for research.
  • Assists management in developing, improving, and maintaining protocols, applications, and licenses as required for routine radiopharmaceutical production.
  • Ensures a clean, orderly, and safe working environment.
  • Participates in personnel training and staff development.
  • Provide the highest quality customer service, including telephone and customer visits.
  • Other tasks as assigned by management.


The incumbent must be able to evaluate radiopharmaceutical orders to ensure the proper use in the proper activity and calibration time. The incumbent must be able to ascertain when the laboratory director should be consulted about misadministered doses. The incumbent must be able to ascertain when radiation levels are outside of normal operational standards and consult the laboratory director.

Minimum Qualifications

Eligible to be licensed as a Nuclear Pharmacist in the State of Utah. Able to be a become an “Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist” by the University of Utah Radiation Safety Committee. Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required.

An “Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist” is an individual who through appropriate training and experience is qualified and authorized to work independently with radiation sources and to supervise such use by others.

Minimum of one year experience as a licensed Nuclear Pharmacist preferred. Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist ( BCNP ) is also preferred.


  • Expertise in Radiopharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance including CFR 21 Part 212 and USP<797>,<823>, and<825>+ Experience in production of PET radionuclides using a GE cyclotron including 18F, 11C, and 15O
  • Experienced in working with analytical equipment such as HPLC , GC, and IC.
  • Working knowledge of MS Windows applications such as Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc…
  • Working knowledge of BioDose and BioTrax software(ec2 software solutions)

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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