Production Technologist at Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) is seeking outstanding applications for a Production Technologist who will be responsible for the manufacturing of radiopharmaceuticals. The complete job profile is attached.

The Fedoruk Centre envisions Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry for maximum societal and economic benefit.  Towards this goal, the Fedoruk Centre is commissioning a new $25 million facility, owned by the University of Saskatchewan, which features a high-current ACSI TR24 cyclotron and a cGMP radiopharmaceutical laboratory for the production of imaging probes and associated technologies for applications in human, animal and plant research and in medical care.  The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will be the centre of collaborations and partnerships among the province’s two universities, the provincial health regions and industry.

Status: Full time permanent position.

Primary Purpose:  Reporting to the Director, the Production Technologist will be responsible for the manufacturing of radiopharmaceuticals.

Nature of Work:  Reporting to the Director of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, the Production Technologist will be part of a small team responsible for supporting research activities and producing medical isotopes for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) facilities.  The primary work environment is a cyclotron laboratory, which is clean, orderly, properly lighted, and ventilated.  There is exposure to ionizing radiation in a laboratory that is operated under well-controlled and closely monitored conditions, highly regulated by provincial, federal, and internal quality and regulatory professionals.  Each staff member receives specific training in keeping with regulatory guidelines and is monitored for radiation exposure.  Noise levels are considered low to moderate.

Rotational early morning and night shifts are required in an environment with minimal supervision.  Occasional travel within the university, province or elsewhere may be required.

Accountabilities:

  • Daily production of radiopharmaceuticals including dispensing and shipping of doses
  • Regular production of other non-radioactive drug products and ancillary components
  • Preparation of process materials for the production of radiopharmaceuticals under clean room and aseptic manufacturing conditions
  • Operation of the automated synthesizer units for the production of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Under the direction of the cyclotron engineer, daily operation and general maintenance of the cyclotron
  • Daily and weekly operation, cleaning and maintenance of the clean room suites for production of radiopharmaceuticals and other products
  • Quality control testing of incoming materials, drug substances and drug products
  • Routine quality operations including calibration of equipment, environmental monitoring and inventory of process components
  • Adherence to CNSC and GMP regulations by maintaining complete records pertaining to all aspects of production, dispensing, quality control and equipment maintenance
  • Understanding and working under the Health Canada GMP requirements for sterile pharmaceuticals and the Annex to the Good Manufacturing Practices Guidelines Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Positron Emitting Radiopharmaceuticals  (PERs)
  • Understanding and working under the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulations and radiation protection procedures
  • Other related duties that support the core activities and mission of the Fedoruk Centre

Qualifications

Education:  A recognized college diploma in pharmacy, biotechnology, microbiology or related field or a recognized undergraduate degree or equivalent in chemistry, pharmacy, microbiology or related field.

Experience:  One to two years of relevant experience, preferably in organic synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry and/or radiopharmacy.  Experience with cGMP is considered an asset.

Skills:  Demonstrated proficiency in the above mentioned fields; physical ability to lift 23 kilograms; self-motivated individual with the ability to analyze situations, set priorities and meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; an ability to work well both independently and as part of a team; a high level of professionalism demonstrated by an ability to communicate effectively and to develop and maintain respectful and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals including team members, university facilities management, and researchers; a commitment to continuous learning.

Any offer of employment will be conditional on the results of a medical assessment and/or vision examination to the extent permissible under employment law (The Saskatchewan Employment Act, S-15.1, 2013, as amended).

Salary Information:  The salary range is $42,500 to $57,000 per annum plus a competitive benefits package including health and pension.  Placement within the salary range is commensurate with the level of education and experience.

How to Apply: Review the attached job profile.  Submit a covering letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format by email, with Production Technologist followed by your name in the subject line, to contact.us@fedorukcentre.ca.  Screening of applications is expected to begin by June 30, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:
Marci Main
Operations Manager
Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc.
Phone:  306-966-3377
Email:  marci.main@fedorukcentre.ca
Website:  www.fedorukcentre.ca

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