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Production Technologist

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 at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (SCCS). The complete job profile is attached.

SCCS 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 to be developed in support of related research activities. It is licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a Class II Nuclear Facility, and its core activity is the production of imaging probes and associated technologies for applications in human, animal and plant research and in medical care. This key infrastructure resource will be the centre of collaborations and partnerships among the province’s two universities, the provincial 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. The Fedoruk Centre and SCCS are located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The salary range is $42,500 to $57,000 per annum. Placement within the range is dependent upon education and experience. This is a full-time permanent position. This position is not within any collective bargaining unit.

How to apply

See the attached Job Profile for detailed qualifications and job description. Submit a covering letter and resume in PDF format by email to ghilt.boudreault@fedorukcentre.ca. Subject Line:  Production Technologist; [your name].

This position will be posted until filled.  Screening will begin on April 21, 2017, with the start date to be mutually agreed upon.  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

The Fedoruk Centre is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Profile:  Production Technologist, full-time, permanent

PRIMARY PURPOSE:  Reporting to the Facility Manager, the Production Technologist will be responsible for the manufacturing of radiopharmaceuticals. 

NATURE OF WORK:  Reporting to the Facility Manager 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Physical ability to lift 23 kilograms

Health requirement: 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).

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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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