SCIENTIST- NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING
Location: Teddington, UK
Application closes at: Sep 22nd, 2023 00:00
About the Role
We have an exciting opportunity for a Scientist to join the nuclear medicine metrology team in the Medical Radiation Physics group. This permanent position will be working with the Nuclear Medicine Imaging Laboratory, a unique facility at NPL which houses a multi-modality clinical SPECT-CT-PET system. The successful candidate will work within a team of internationally-leading scientists, developing traceable quantitative imaging standards for SPECT and PET imaging, and improving dosimetry methods for radiopharmaceutical therapies, to support clinical nuclear medicine.
The role will focus on nuclear medicine imaging, including calibration and quality control of the system, as well as contributing to multiple research projects with the possibility of contributing to research publications and delivering commercial services to customers. A mixture of on-the-job training, self-learning, and formal training will be provided to the successful candidate. Your work will involve:
- Lead areas of research in nuclear medicine imaging and dosimetry
- Develop risk assessed procedures, laboratory methods and experimental plans to deliver nuclear medicine imaging data, both at NPL and in collaboration with clinical partners
- Prepare radioactive sources in a range of geometries (phantoms) with activities traceable to national standards
- Develop and use software for data analysis and quality control relating to SPECT, PET and CT imaging systems
- Help to manage laboratory activities and provide training for users of the SPECT-CT-PET system
- Prepare internal and external reports, journal publications, posters and talks to communicate results
Whilst this is a hands-on role based in our Teddington laboratories, a mix of remote and office working is available when business possible.
We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.
We are seeking a candidate with the following capabilities and experience:
- Broad understanding of measurement of radioactivity and physics
- A logical approach to developing techniques and procedures
- Good organisation skills to ensure best use of available lab time and on time delivery
- An understanding of the need for excellent quality and the ability to work within a quality system
- The ability to design and lead elements of an experimental campaign
- Comfortable carrying out tasks in a laboratory environment that includes chemicals and radioactive materials (full health and safety training and appropriate supervision will be given)
- Ability to develop software for analysis or simulation of experimental data
- Excellent problem-solving skills; able to interpret data and decide on next steps
- Ability to work as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team and to agree outcomes
Any of the following additional capabilities and experience would also be of interest, but candidates without any of this experience are still encouraged to apply as full training will be given:
- Knowledge of clinical nuclear medicine
- Familiarity with equipment calibration and uncertainty analysis
- Experience of radiation measurement techniques
- Experience with a programming language
- BSc or equivalent in a physics, medical or engineering related discipline
- GCSEs Level 9 (A*) to Level 4 (C) or equivalent in Maths and English
Please note: Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward. We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.
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