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Radiochemist, Cyclotron-Radiopharm Lab - BC Cancer - Vancouver

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Radioche mist, Cyclotron-Radiopharm Lab
BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

The Radiochemist prepares and tests Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) - compliant radiopharmaceuticals, coordinates the production of the required quantity of radioisotopes from the cyclotron, production of radiopharmaceuticals using automated synthesis modules, completion of required quality control (QC) tests, and documentation of all results following approved procedures and protocols. The Radiochemist troubleshoots and resolves technical equipment problems as necessary in order to maintain daily radiopharmaceutical output and clinical patient throughput. The Radiochemist assists with the review of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to maintain GMP-compliance for the facility as a producer/distributor of PET radiopharmaceuticals. Responsibilities also include providing orientation to new radiochemistry staff. The Radiochemist works collaboratively on research activities with external groups, contributing to the preparation of scientific papers, grants applications, and regulatory submissions as required. The Radiochemist reports directly to the Production Manager but may receive supervisory instructions from the Quality Assurance Manager when performing QC duties.

What you'll do
  • Under limited supervision, prepare radiopharmaceuticals for human use following established procedures and GMPs. Coordinate the production of the required quantity of radioisotopes from the cyclotron depending on scheduled patient workload and external deliveries.
  • Under limited supervision, perform QC measurements using various analytical chemistry techniques and equipment for verifying the quality of raw materials and final products. Perform QC testing on radiopharmaceutical final products, document results, and report results to the QA Manager and QA team.
  • Prepare the various reagents used in the syntheses and QC of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Send radiopharmaceutical samples to contact laboratory facilities for post-production testing.
  • Maintain raw material and consumable inventories as needed for daily radiopharmaceutical production. This includes the inspection and release of incoming materials according to approved specifications.

What you bring

  • A combination of education, training, and experience, equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences and a minimum of two (2) years recent related experience in a pharmaceutical or GMP laboratory.
  • Current certification for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Class 7 Radioactive Materials) and work experience in a PET radiopharmaceutical laboratory would be an asset.

You have:
  • Ability in safe handling of radioactive materials
  • Synthetic chemistry or radiochemistry skills
  • Working knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques
  • Technical writing ability and strong attention to detail
  • Handle GMP manufacturing environments
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
Wage: $37.89 to $47.31 per hour
Location: 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Z 4E6
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Mon-Fri, Tues-Sat, Sat -Mon rotating as required 4:00-12:00 or 5:00-13:00 or 6:00-14:00 or 8:00-16:00
Requisition Number: 166039E

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BC Cancer are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of June 1, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday - Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

About BC Cancer

BC Cancer’s mandate covers the full spectrum of cancer care from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to research and education, to supportive and palliative care.


Government Health Care

Application closing date is 2024-08-07

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