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Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry Technician RA2

Reference #57773
Temporary Full Time (Until May 22, 2018)
Vancouver, BC

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.


The Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry Technician (RA2) prepares routine radiopharmaceuticals for the Centre of Excellence for Functional Cancer Imaging. The Technician is responsible for producing a daily supply of radiopharmaceuticals to meet the scheduled workload at the PET facility while ensuring that all procedures and protocols for radiopharmaceutical production are followed accurately. This requires the daily coordination of the production of the required quantity of radioisotopes from the cyclotron, production of radiopharmaceuticals using a manual methods or synthesis modules, completion of required quality controls and documentation of all results. The Technician troubleshoots and resolves technical equipment problems as necessary in order to maintain daily radiopharmaceutical output and clinical or research patient throughput. Works collaboratively on research activities with external groups as required.




Education, Training and Experience 

  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences and a minimum of two (2) years recent related experience in a chemistry/pharmaceutical research laboratory.
  • Current certification for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Class 7 Radioactives).
  • Work experience in a PET radiopharmaceutical laboratory would be an asset.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience/training in the safe handling of radioactive materials.
  • Demonstrated synthetic chemistry skills and a working knowledge of solid analytical chemistry techniques.
  • Strong communication skills in English (written and oral).
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. 

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