Cyclotron Engineer

Houston, Texas
July 08 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
E vening and weekend work will be required at times.

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public .


The primary purpose of the Cyclotron Engineering Specialist position is the responsibility for the daily operations and supervision of the production of radioisotopes, as well as the maintenance and troubleshooting of the cyclotron, cyclotron targets and radiopharmaceutical production equipment in support of the Cyclotron Radiochemistry Facility (CRF) in the Center for Advance Biomedical Imaging (CABI).

Service, Maintenance and Design • Understands theory and practical issues related to cyclotron functioning as well as the principles behind radioisotope production with a particle accelerator
• Applies the key principles in running a safe cyclotron/radiochemistry operation in compliance with facility radioactive materials license
• Participates, as needed, in any design and construction projects related to the cyclotron/radiochemistry facility
• Coordinates schedule with facility personnel to minimize costs and maximize effectiveness
• Monitors and improves Up Time for site cyclotron system(s)
• Ability to use standard electronic test and measurement instruments (DVM, oscilloscope, micrometers, etc.)
• Ability to correctly utilize portable leak detection equipment
• Ability to safely work in regions of high voltage and radiation
• Ensures that service vendors deliver and document repairs/alterations to the facility in a safe and effective manner.

Technical Support • Technically skilled with proven ability to troubleshoot semi-complex problems and abstract issues, policies and procedures
• Develop new and novel equipment as well as assess new innovations and developments in their field and integrate this information with their own approaches.
• Liaise with technical and professional staff in order to provide knowledge and experience on modifications, defects, maintenance and other problems/concerns identified with equipment
• Recommend efficient solutions to improve process and work flows
• Produce work instructions for critical operating and maintenance processes
• Operate under quality management system

Production and Development • Plans and executes backup methods to ensure uninterrupted supply of radioisotopes to clinical and research programs
• Understands how to document and manage changes to the equipment and facility (familiarity with day-to-day operations of a cGMP facility)
• Incorporates new technology, products and processes into daily operations.

Regulatory Compliance and Safety • Complies with applicable facility codes and other regulatory requirements governing the operation of a Cyclotron Radiochemistry facility
• Ensures the operation of safe and accessible facilities and that life safety risks are managed
• Complies with departmental, institutional and state standards for facility projects of this nature
• Comprehends and applies the key principles in running a safe cyclotron radiochemistry operation in compliance with facility radioactive materials license
• Works in compliance with all regulatory standards including EH&S, cGMP, Radiation Safety, applicable pharmacy laws, DOT, and internal policies and interpretations of the above as required
• Maintain a good knowledge of the relevant statutory and organizational requirements in order to ensure all activities are undertaken in a safe manner, in full accord with safety procedures and policies, regulations
• Ensure all activities are appropriately documented and activities and documentation comply with regulatory requirements and quality procedures.

Training/Education • Provides training of cyclotron operators and other authorized personnel
• Participates in personnel training and staff development
• Ensure adequate training for cyclotron operation and maintenance staff in all aspects of quality, operations, and current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) to ensure all work is carried out to established work instructions, within safe operating limits and complies with all regulations
• Interfaces with customers to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.

Other duties as assigned

Required: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics or related field.

Preferred: Bachelor's Level Degree

Required Experience: Four years of Cyclotron engineering experience to include production of radioisotopes, maintenance of cyclotron and associated targets. With Associate's degree, six years of experience is required.

Preferred Certification: GE Certification

Preferred Epxerience: Has experience and exposure in working with either/or of the following cyclotron manufacturers: -GE Healthcare cyclotron -IBA Group- PMP- Sumitomo -Siemens. Interest in working in the academic field. Four years or more in working in pharmaticual, healthcare, or hospital setting.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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