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PET Radiochemist

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 19, 2024

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PET Radiochemist

Job Summary

Performs manufacturing and quality control for routine 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. Depending on weekly assigned tasks in production, shifts can start anywhere between 11 pm the day before to 8 am the morning of production. The typical work week depending on assigned rotation is Monday through Friday 4 am -noon (typical), 11 :00 pm - 7:00 am, or 6:00 am -2:00 pm. These time frames may need to be slightly adjusted as production 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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As a 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, assists with all activities involved in developing and preparing radiopharmaceuticals for clinical and research use.
• Operates the cyclotron and associated equipment 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.
• Assists management in developing, improving and maintaining 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.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor of Science or Master’s Degree in Radiochemistry, Chemistry, or Biochemistry. Other science related degrees will also be considered with equivalent experience.
• 2+ years of work in a research, analytical or pharmaceutical laboratory. Other types of experience similar to these areas will also be considered.
• 2+ 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 with general radiation safety or hazardous material handling is preferred.
• Experience in organic synthesis and purification chemistry.
• Master’s degree in Radiochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmaceutics or similar field of study.
• Previous experience with GMP radiopharmaceutical manufacturing and quality control.
• Previous experience with handling therapeutic and diagnostic radioisotopes.
• Experience with radioisotope spectroscopy techniques especially HPGe detectors.
• Experience with microbiological techniques related to drug manufacturing.
• Excellent communication skills.

Special Instructions

Requisition Number: PRN38889B
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Work Schedule Summary:
Department: 01188 - HCI Molec Img Prog Operations
Location: Campus
Pay Rate Range: Commensurate with Experience
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

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