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University of Utah PET Radiochemist, Sr. in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 11/02/2023

Requisition Number PRN36805B

Job Title PET Radiochemist, Sr.

Working Title PET Radiochemist, Sr.

Job Grade UGR

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

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 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Performs development, manufacturing, and quality control to support production of clinical and research radiopharmaceuticals for positron emission tomography ( PET ) and radiotherapy. Incumbent must comply with radiation safety procedures, cGMP, and FDA requirements. Operates, maintains and validates manufacturing and analytical equipment. Follows all internal operating procedures and performs additional duties as directed by management. Must be motivated, team oriented and committed to expanding their knowledge and experience in a clinically oriented academic program. Incumbent will experience moderate exposure to hazardous materials or physical risk, which requires adhering to radiation safety practices. Full time position involving a variable schedule around production demands. The incumbent will have shifts that follow the research and development needs of the laboratory and can start anywhere between 4 – 8 am in the morning with a shift of 8-10 hours a day Monday through Friday. These time frames may need to be slightly adjusted as demands change. In very rare instances a weekend shift may be required.

Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to cancer prevention, care, and survivorship for all communities within the area we serve – which includes Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming – with impact worldwide. Partnerships with individuals, communities, and many other entities are crucial to our work. Huntsman Cancer Institute values cancer-related health equity and inclusion as integral to our guiding principle to serve our patients and their communities, and our commitment to foster a culture of belonging for all within our organization.

In your cover letter or during your interview process, we invite you to share how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you to serve as a member of our team as we work to reduce the cancer burden experienced by all people and communities. This may include description of your prior experiences related to research, prevention, clinical care, community engagement/outreach, training, administration, or other areas relevant to Huntsman Cancer Institute’s mission and this position.

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  • Bachelor of Science with 5+ years of experience or Master’s Degree with 2+ years of experience or PhD in in Radiochemistry, Chemistry, or Biochemistry.
  • Other science related degrees will also be considered with equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years of work in a GMP radiopharmaceutical manufacturing laboratory (preferably PET imaging radioisotopes). Other types of experience similar to this area will also be considered.
  • 3+ years of experience in working with analytical equipment such as HPLC , GC, and IC.
  • Detail oriented, self-directed, able to work autonomously and able to multitask effectively.
  • Ability to read, listen and understand technical direction, policies and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a background test and not be debarred from any activities related to manufacturing radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Experience in synthetic organic and purification chemistry.
  • Masters or PhD degree in Radiochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmaceutics or similar field of study.
  • Previous experience with handling therapeutic radioisotopes and research in theranostics.
  • Experience with radioisotope spectroscopy techniques especially HPGe detectors.
  • Experience with microbiological techniques related to drug manufacturing.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with grant writing

As a Senior Radiochemist, your duties will be highly varied from time to time and may include but not be limited to:

  • Under the direction of the management, lead efforts with all activities involved in developing and preparing radiopharmaceuticals for clinical and research use.
  • Operates the cyclotron and associated equipment as needed in compliance with protocols and good ALARA radiation safety practices.
  • Operates automated radiochemistry synthesis equipment in compliance with protocols and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and FDA regulations.
  • Performs quality control of radiopharmaceuticals according to standard operating procedures.
  • Troubleshoots cyclotron laboratory equipment using mechanical, electrical and basic science skills.
  • Develops and performs new processes or protocols for validation, manufacturing and quality control.
  • Develops and improves synthesis methods for radiopharmaceuticals. Assists in writing protocols, applications, and licenses as required for routine radiopharmaceutical production.
  • Assists in packaging and shipping of radioactive material in compliance with all state and federal regulations. Assists with the return and cleaning of shipping containers as assigned.
  • Assists in preparing regulatory documents for submission to the FDA .
  • Complete and maintain periodic training for GMP , equipment, radiation safety, SOPs, HIPAA , and others as required.

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Type Benefited Staff

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Additional Information

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.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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