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Production Technologist

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc. (Fedoruk Centre) is inviting applications for a Production Technologist to support the manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals at the Saskatchewan Cyclotron Facility (Facility).

The Fedoruk Centre was established in 2011 under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, with an independent Board of Directors and a sole Member, the University of Saskatchewan (U Sask).   The purpose of the Fedoruk Centre is to help place Saskatchewan among global leaders of nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry.  The Facility is owned by U Sask and operated by the Fedoruk Centre.  It is licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) as a Class II Nuclear Facility.  The Facility encompasses a high-current ACSI TR24 cyclotron; cGMP-level radiopharmaceutical laboratories including hot cells, auto-synthesis units and a quality control system (HPLC, GC, TLC);  a suite of shielded work areas with radiochemistry equipment; two small-animal PET-CT scanners for preclinical research; and a suite of tools for nuclear imaging of living plants.  Besides serving as a resource for academic and industrial researchers, the Facility supplies fludeoxyglucose (FDG) for PET-CT scanning in regional hospitals.   Radiopharmaceuticals are manufactured in compliance with regulations of the CNSC and Health Canada.  

Primary Purpose:  Reporting to the Technical Operations Manager, the Production Technologist will support the manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals and radiochemicals.   

Nature of Work:  Reporting to the Technical Operations Manager, the Production Technologist will be part of a team producing isotopes, radiochemicals and radiopharmaceuticals for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging in research and medicine.  The primary work environment is a laboratory environment, which is clean, orderly, properly lighted, and ventilated.  There is some 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.  

This position requires rotational early morning shifts and may occasionally require night shifts and weekend shifts.  

Accountabilities: 

  • Operate the cyclotron and automated synthesizer units for the production of radiopharmaceuticals and radioisotopes.
  • Daily production of radiopharmaceuticals including aseptic dispensing and shipment of products.
  • Clean, monitor and maintain the clean room suites, quality control laboratories and innovation laboratories in a state of readiness.
  • Routine quality operations including calibration of equipment, environmental monitoring and analysis of incoming materials, intermediate substances and final products.
  • Train and assist researchers, students and staff on processing and analysis operations.
  • Assist in planning, qualification and validation of new processes, including the preparation of standard operating procedures and quality documents.
  • Follow standard operating procedures and maintain complete records of production, dispensing, and quality control in compliance with CNSC and GMP regulations.
  • Adhere to and support GMP compliance policies and procedures.
  • Perform animal handling protocols as per UACC approved procedures.
  • Other related duties that support the core activities and purpose of the Fedoruk Centre.

Qualifications: 

  • Education:
    • A recognized college diploma or a recognized undergraduate degree in pharmacy, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology or a related field.
  • Experience:
    • 1 to 2 years of relevant experience, preferably with analytical instrumentation, radiochemistry and/or radiopharmacy.
    • Experience with GMP is considered an asset.
  • Technical Skills: 
    • Knowledge of and skills in applying a wide variety of analytical techniques.
    • Basic understanding of chromatography (HPLC, TLC and/or GC) analysis, Empower software, and aseptic techniques are all considered assets.
  • Behavioural Competency Skills:
    • Communication – Openly communicating in a compelling, honest, persuasive and articulate manner, ensuring the message is clear, understood and consistent with objectives.
    • Client Focus – Bringing excellence to internal or external clients by focusing efforts on discovering and meeting their needs.
    • Conceptual & Analytical Ability – Understanding, analyzing, synthesizing and relating complex information and abstract variables; drawing logical conclusions and/or providing reasonable and creative alternatives.
    • Initiative – Anticipating and dealing with problems and issues in a persistent manner, seizing opportunities that arise and going beyond what is expected.
    • Results Orientation – Focusing efforts on achieving quality results consistent with the Fedoruk Centre purpose and values.
    • Self-Knowing & Self Development – Assessing strengths and weaknesses, and engaging in ongoing self-development and improvement, maintaining effectiveness in the face of change or ambiguity.
    • Teamwork – Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and working cooperatively and effectively within and across organizational units to achieve common goals.
    • Valuing People – Treating people fairly, with dignity and integrity, to promote a culture of commitment and productivity.
  • Health requirement: 
    • Physical ability to lift 23 kilograms.
    • 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, S15.1, 2013, as amended).

The salary range for this Production Technologist position is $50,000 – 90,153 per annum.  Placement within the range is dependent upon education and experience.  This is a full time continuing position with an anticipated start date in March 2023.  This position is not within any collective bargaining unit.   The Fedoruk Centre corporate values can be found at https://fedorukcentre.ca/who-we-are/brand-values.php

Please submit a covering letter and resume in PDF format by email to niki.schrie@fedorukcentre.ca, with Subject Line:  Production Technologist; [your name].

Applicants must submit either a copy of their valid Canadian work permit or proof of citizenship/permanent residency status.

Screening will begin on/about Jan 27, 2023. 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: Niki Schrie, Human Resources & Operations Manager Email:  niki.schrie@fedorukcentre.ca 

Department: Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc. (Fedoruk Centre) 
Full Time Equivalent (FTE):
1.0
Posted Date:
1/18/2023
Closing Date:
6 Weeks. 3/7/2023
Number of Openings:
1