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Research Wing Coordinator

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) is seeking outstanding applicants for the position of Research Wing Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Centre of Cyclotron Sciences in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This leader will (a) develop the facility’s research infrastructure to support well-defined research priorities and commercial strategy; (b) coordinate research activities with routine radiopharmaceutical production; and (c) oversee the renovations and infrastructure installation/commissioning in the facility’s research wing.

The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences is owned by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and operated by the Fedoruk Centre. The new $25 million facility features a high-current ACSI TR24 cyclotron; a cGMP radiopharmaceutical laboratory including hot cells, auto-synthesis units and a quality control system (HPLC, GC, TLC); and a suite of offices, all located in 1400 square meters of newly renovated space co-located with 600 square meters of additional space under development to support related research activities in molecular imaging involving animals and plants. Renovations to a portion of the Research Wing are already underway. A microPET-CT system has been installed and a phytoPET system is currently under development. This key infrastructure resource will be the centre of collaborations and partnerships among the province’s two universities, health regions and industry. 

As a subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan, the Fedoruk Centre operates independently under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

This is a full-time, 1 year term position during the start-up phase of the research wing with the possibility of extension or potential conversion to a permanent position based on need, including the number of research projects being conducted, the number of users involved, and the complexity of coordinating facility demand. The salary range is $60,000 to $95,000 per annum. Placement within the range is dependent upon education and experience. The compensation package includes a comprehensive benefits package including pension plan, life insurance, short and long term disability, sick leave, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, travel insurance, and employee assistance program; and relocation assistance.  This position is not within any collective bargaining unit.

How to apply

See the attached Job Profile for detailed qualifications and job description.  Your application should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae which clearly outline your qualifications for this position.  Submit your application in PDF format by email to ghilt.boudreault@fedorukcentre.caSubject Line:  Research Wing Coordinator; [your name].

Screening of applications is expected to begin by December 12th, 2016, with the start date to be mutually agreed upon.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  While the Fedoruk Centre thanks all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:

Ghislain Boudreault, Facility Manager
Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences
Phone:  306-966-3386; Email:  ghilt.boudreault@fedorukcentre.ca
Website:  www.fedorukcentre.ca  

 

Job Title: Research Wing Coordinator

Department: Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences

Primary Purpose:  The Research Wing Coordinator will (a) develop the facility’s research infrastructure to support well-defined research priorities and commercial strategy; (b) coordinate research activities with routine radiopharmaceutical production; and (c) oversee the renovations and infrastructure installation/commissioning in the facility’s research wing.

Nature of Work:  Reporting to the Facility Manager, the Research Wing Coordinator will lead the development of the experimental facilities in the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, including a small animal molecular imaging (microPET) lab, a plant molecular imaging (phytoPET) lab, supporting radiochemistry labs, vivarium and animal care facilities. The Research Wing Coordinator will facilitate the development of a robust research and commercial program that takes full advantage of the capabilities available in the new cyclotron and radiopharmaceutical production facilities to maximize innovation in cyclotron-produced isotope related research. The Research Wing Coordinator will coordinate committees involving research group leaders, safety officers, University of Saskatchewan Facilities Management, and animal caretakers. The position works in the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences with eight other staff members as well as a varying number of facility users (between Five to twenty researchers).

The primary work environment is a provincial multi-user radioisotope and radiopharmaceutical facility located on the University of Saskatchewan campus and operated by the Fedoruk Centre for research and commercial activity.  The facility operates in compliance with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulations for a class II nuclear facility, Health Canada cGMP, Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines, and all provincial, federal and internal quality, safety and regulatory requirements.  All technical personnel are trained as Nuclear Energy Workers (NEW).  While there is exposure to ionizing radiation and potential exposure to radioactive materials in parts of the facility, the radiation exposure per individual personnel is monitored and controlled in compliance with regulatory guidelines.

Health Requirements:  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).

Accountabilities:

  • Establishes rigorous planning for all research-related activities to be carried out in the facility’s research wing, ensuring coordination between different users/researchers within the research wing, and also between the research wing and the radiopharmaceutical production team as some rooms and equipment will be shared.
  • Assesses risk to ensure there is no interference or disruption in the production of radiopharmaceuticals due to research activities carried out in the research wing.
  • Pursues funding opportunities to fully develop the research wing, including development and implementation of sound business plans based on market and environmental indicators, to optimizing commercial income and maximizing the academic user base.
  • Ensures the new users/researchers in the research wing appreciate the workplace in order to build up a good reputation from the start, despite the workplace being a very stringent environment.
  • Assists with the development of a strategic research plan for the facility.
  • Promotes the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, attracting more researchers and facilitating partnerships with academia and industry to capitalize on opportunities for research, training and innovation.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Oversees day to day activities of the research wing, including the operations and maintenance of highly specialized equipment.
  • Serves as point of contact interface between university researchers and cyclotron staff.
  • Has the overall responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of SOPs (Standard Operation Procedure) in collaboration with facility Safety and Compliance Officer, researchers and relevant Fedoruk Centre and university staff.
  • Has the overall responsibility for the development of safety and training manuals in collaboration with Safety and Compliance Officer, researchers, and relevant Fedoruk Centre and university staff.
  • Assists with managing facility booking, access and finances.
  • Works collaboratively with researchers to ensure research outcomes, drive innovation, develop grant proposals, presentations and publications.
  • Maintains accurate user records and document facility research activities.
Qualifications
Education:  A doctorate degree in a relevant scientific discipline (life sciences, engineering or natural sciences) in relation with radioisotope production and use, or PET nuclear imaging. Additional training or degree on radiation safety, and/or biosafety and/or animal care/ethics would be considered an asset.

Experience:  A minimum of six years’ combined education and experience in a relevant multi-user facility with increasing responsibility demonstrating a capability to succeed with managing business and technical operations. Relevant experience includes radioisotope/radiopharmaceutical production, cyclotron operations, GMP production environment, PET nuclear imaging, and safety/compliance (radiation, biocontainment, animal care). Experience with research grant application would be considered an asset.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Extensive knowledge of cyclotron technology and PET nuclear imaging and applications of radioisotopes in human, animal, and plant research and health care
  • Well-built knowledge of regulations and best practices governing the safe operation of a nuclear facility, together with GMP requirements
  • Extended knowledge of the Canadian and/or international radioisotope market
  • Effective time management and strong planning, organizational and follow up skills
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee complex activities and to set priorities
  • Strong familiarity with general research environment and concepts of research financing
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to assess risks
  • Proficient written and oral communications skills
  • Powerful interpersonal skills, and excellent relationship building, stakeholder management/coordination, and facilitation skills
  • Computer literacy and strong ability to write reports, procedures, meeting minutes, etc.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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