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Director - Radiopharmaceutical Production Facility - CHS Track

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 18, 2024

ANNUAL (12 months)

Job Summary:

The Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health (UWSMPH), is seeking an exciting opportunity for a full-time faculty member as the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Radiopharmaceutical Production Facility (RPF) within the Department of Radiology. The RPF Director is expected to have a strong radiochemistry or radiopharmacy cGMP radiopharmaceutical development and production operations background and expertise. The successful applicant will help support and advance both clinical research, molecular imaging and theranostics programs at UW-Madison by supporting and continuing to build and grow RPF capacity in collaboration with multi-disciplinary investigators in Radiology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology within UW Madison as well as external collaborators. The UW Radiopharmaceutical Production Facility plays an important role at UW-Madison in rapidly growing programs involving emerging PET radiopharmaceuticals for oncology, neurology, cardiovascular and inflammatory applications, emerging theranostics early phase clinical research studies, and novel imaging and therapeutics radionuclides with the UW cyclotron facility, as well as with external institutions, industry, and federal agencies.

The Radiopharmaceutical Production Facility is housed in the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) adjacent to the cyclotron facility and PET Imaging center, designed for the cGMP production of radiopharmaceutical agents for translational clinical research and standard-of-care clinical use. This facility is staffed by experienced radiochemists and nuclear pharmacists, responsible for cGMP compliant radiopharmaceuticals to support molecular imaging and theranostics applications.

The successful applicant will direct Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) PET manufacturing of FDA approved kits, ANDA, and IND radiopharmaceuticals for successful production of radiopharmaceuticals used in cancer imaging, cardiac perfusion, and other disease-oriented imaging for UW Health patients. The successful applicant will also collaborate with researchers to help develop pre-clinical and Phase 1 radiopharmaceuticals for first in human and animal studies with the goal of advancing research agents to commercial production.

The successful applicant will pursue a faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor on the CHS Track, with opportunities for additional leadership roles in our Radiology Department and University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.

CHS Track:

For appointments hired on the Clinical Health Sciences (CHS) Track:
The successful applicant will participate in administrative, and committee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UW Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health. An essential part of these duties is to work in a collegial relationship with other faculty members.


1. Provide the strategic vision and operations direction for RPF cGMP production needs and expansion in collaboration with Department of Radiology Chair, Section of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Section Chief, and Department of Medical Physics Cyclotron Production Facility Leadership
2. Lead and supervise development and production of clinically approved and cGMP research radiopharmaceuticals to support UWSMPH and UW Campus clinical programs and intra- and extramurally funded research projects, as well as collaborations with industry.
3. Interaction/collaboration/relationship building within the UWSMPH network of investigators, various interested UW entities (UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, Radiology Department, Human Oncology,the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research I, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, etc.), regulatory (US FDA) and commercial entities.
4. Develop deep operational understanding and effective communication channels necessary for highly efficient and collaborative coordination of interleaved capabilities of the PET Imaging Center, Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF) research, and Cyclotron radionuclide production facilities.
5. Protected research time and available funding for developmental cGMP radiopharmaceutical research programs available and negotiable (20-30% research/developmental effort).

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

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PhD in Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology or a closely related field


Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) radiochemistry experience is preferred
Minimum of 3 years of experience in supporting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is required

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

NOVEMBER 01, 2024

Additional Information:

The UW Department of Radiology provides excellence in patient care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change, accountable for outcomes, and attentive to the needs of underserved populations. We are dedicated to sharing our clinical expertise through regional outreach to the people of Wisconsin and their healthcare providers. We provide an environment for education of our trainees, staff, and healthcare professionals through scholarly conferences and continuing education programs. We improve human health by developing innovative imaging technology through basic and translational research in collaboration with colleagues at UW-Madison and beyond. We support the Wisconsin Idea to improve peoples lives beyond our walls by collaborating with industry to translate new technology into daily clinical practice. We support the economic development of Wisconsin and the financial wellbeing of UW Health. We recruit and develop dedicated faculty and health professionals who inspire their co-workers and students towards lifelong learning, research discovery, service to their community and clinical excellence.

The Community: Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted the #1 Best Place to Live (Livability, 2021 and 2022), #1 Best State Capital to Live In (SmartAsset, 2021), #1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020), #1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020), #1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children ( 2020), #1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019), and #1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019), #2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020), #2 Happiest Cities (Mens Health, 2020, #2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020), #2 Most Caring Cities (WalletHub, 2019), and #2 Most Walkable Cities (Expedia, 2018)), #3 Best Places to Live for Quality of Life (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2024) and #3 Best College Towns (Best College Reviews, 2022), #4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020), #4 Greenest City in the US (Zippia, 2020), #7 Best City for STEM Professionals (CEO World, 2020) and #11 Most Beautiful Cities (Forbes, 2022) and #113 Americas Best Large Employer (Forbes, 2024)

Madison's technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, Sub-Zero, and Lands End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups. In the Fall of 2023, Wisconsin was designated as a Tech Hub by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which resulted in a grant award of up to $75 million to help accelerate growth of the states biohealth industry.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings in the arts.

The city has a dedicated athletics fan base which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include Ironman, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

How to Apply:

To ensure full consideration, please apply by July 20, 2024. The position will remain open, and applications may be considered until the position is filled. Applications must be received through our online UW Application System. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.

Interested applicants are required to use the online UW Jobs Application System to submit the following:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A cover letter briefly describing 1) interest in this position 2) what would you bring to the Department of Radiology, 3) how the department could contribute to your career.
- References. Please provide the contact information for three (3) references, including your current/ most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice.

The department will not be able to support a request for a J-1 waiver. If you choose to pursue a waiver and apply for a position, neither the UW nor UWMF will reimburse you for your legal or waiver fees.


Melissa Kuester
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Official Title:

Professor (CHS)(IC014) or Associate Professor (CHS)(IC015) or Assistant Professor (CHS)(IC016)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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