University of California San Francisco

The radiochemist applies extensive knowledge of clinical radiopharmaceuticals to ensure the quality of investigational radiopharmaceuticals specified by the standards stated in the USP Chapter <823> and the laboratory requirements of 21 CFR 212. This position will report to the Director of the Radiopharmaceutical Facility in the development of standard operating procedures for the investigational PET drugs such that the facilities, equipment, and inventory control meet the associated regulatory requirements. This position will also assist in creating new approaches in the synthesis and labeling of novel radiopharmaceuticals for clinical use, and in working with the director in writing investigational drug applications (IND) and Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA). The background for this position requires a minimum of an MS in chemistry or a related subject; Ph.D. and experience in drug production/development are preferred.

Department Description

The Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging is one of the largest departments in the School of Medicine at UCSF. Its mission is research (basic and clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service. The Department has 32 sections and research units, 132 full-time faculty, 45 other academic (research) appointees, 34 fellows, 51 residents, 40 post-docs, and 16 graduate students across six sites: Parnassus, SFGH, VA Medical Center, Mt. Zion, China Basin Landing, and Mission Bay (QB3). Many faculty conduct research activities and manage large research staff, including students, fellows, post-docs, and staff research associates. Some conduct bench research in wet lab settings; others have dry lab (computer-based) research programs or specialize in clinical research. The Cyclotron Facility is a specialized particle production service that allows clinicians and investigators to have access to locally produced radiopharmaceuticals.

Required Qualifications

MS in radiochemistry, chemistry, or a related field and at least two years of experience in radiopharmaceutical production, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Demonstrated initiative, problem-solving skills and analytical organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff at all levels of the organization, maintain a positive, problem-solving approach, and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism.
Ability to manage multiple tasks, manage time well, and set/adjust priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced, deadline-oriented, work environment
Ability to resolve problems and exercise sound judgment in ambiguous environments
Demonstrated ability to work with Word and Excel and experience with designing complex spreadsheets and produce clear reports

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in radiochemistry, chemistry, or related field
Proven knowledge of policies and procedures related to FDA, state agencies, and other regulatory authorities
Experience working in a radiopharmaceutical production facility
Experience in development of radiopharmaceuticals, preferably in radiometal synthesis
Good working knowledge of the UC systems, academic and staff personnel policies.

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Job Code and Payroll Title

006763 CLIN ENGR 3

Job Category

Professional (Non-Clinical)

Bargaining Unit

99 – Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)

Employee Class





China Basin (SF)



Shift Length

8 Hours

Additional Shift Details

M-F 8 AM-5 PM (variable time, some days 6-3)

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