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Job Summary


The Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan is seeking a PET radiochemist to work in the state-of-the-art PET Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Our innovative team consists of chemists, radiochemists, imaging scientists, and pre-clinical biologists. The group has state-of-the-art PET radiochemistry facilities and preclinical imaging instrumentation (PET, SPECT and CT), and also provides PET radiotracers for clinical use within Michigan Medicine. The successful candidate will synthesize PET radiotracers for use in both clinical (80%) and preclinical (20%) imaging studies, and daily duties would include:

  • Synthesis and quality control of PET tracers to meet demanding pre-clinical and clinical imaging schedules according to cGMP regulations (USP823 and 21CFR212).
  • Maintenance and upkeep of PET radiochemistry laboratory equipment such as automated synthesis modules and HPLCs.
  • Accurate record keeping for lab books, equipment logbooks and production batch records.
  • Contribution to regulatory documents required for clinical PET tracer filings such as INDs and (A)NDAs.
  • Presentation of research results at group meetings.
  • Assist with writing of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Collaborate with PET Center and imaging suite personnel to ensure we meet Michigan Medicine missions of excellence in research, clinical care and teaching.

Required Qualifications*

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in a highly collaborative working environment, including the ability to work remotely with teams in different locations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • A strong academic record including publications in peer reviewed journals would be a plus.
  • Hands on experience with the incorporation of fluorine-18, carbon-11 and gallium-68 is strongly preferred, including experience with the generation of radionuclides (from cyclotrons and/or gallium generators) and the synthesis, purification and quality control of small molecule PET radiotracers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with radiochemical syntheses, including chemistry issues and equipment malfunctions associated with the synthesis of PET radiotracers.
  • Relevant research experience in PET radiochemistry is not required, but would also be a plus


Education Requirement:

Associate/BS/MS degree in Chemistry (or equivalent) and ideally 2-3+ years of experience in PET radiochemistry, or PhD degree in chemistry (or equivalent) with 0-3+ years of experience in PET radiochemistry.

Work Locations

2276 MSI
Ann Arbor, MI  48109 SPC 5610

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.