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Posted date: 06 / 03 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI576
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Sunday, 02 Apr 2023
  • Contact careers@sahmri.com
Apply now


Full Time – 3-year contract

About the role


At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

We are seeking a Radiochemist to work across a wide variety of radiopharmaceutical production and quality control pharmaceutical activities within the Molecular Imaging & Therapy Research Unit (MITRU) Operations team located at SAHMRI. The MITRU facility is home to South Australia’s only cyclotron and manufactures radiopharmaceuticals under a TGA licence. Due to the highly regulated Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) environment and the nature of the MITRU products, the Radiochemist will be required to reliably, efficiently and safely perform duties in strict accordance to established methods under time constraints. This position will initially be focussed in radiopharmaceutical production with further development opportunities available in other departments (Quality Control, Research, Quality assurance and Engineering etc.).

This role is open to appropriately qualified graduates, experienced radiochemists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists. Due to the nature of the products manufactured at MITRU, this role will often require early morning starts (rotating roster) and will involve working with and around radiation and radioactive materials.

About YOUR new role

  • Manufacture of diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals under GMP principles.
  • Preparation of the synthesis and dispensing modules.
  • Preparing reagents and consumables for radiopharmaceuticals synthesis.
  • Reliably delivering high quality radiopharmaceuticals within tight clinical supply timeframes.
  • Training on production equipment and associated systems will be provided to operate and perform basic trouble shooting.
  • Operating the cyclotron for isotope production and/or performing quality control on radiopharmaceuticals will be offered if required.
  • Tracking of materials used in production processes and assist to maintain stock levels to allow continuity of manufacture.

About YOU

  • Diploma or Degree in chemistry, pharmacy, biological sciences or equivalent.
  • Experience and knowledge in analytical methodology (chemical and microbiological), GMP, and Fluorine-18 based synthesis would be advantageous.
  • A good understanding of Pharmacopeia monographs.
  • Practical synthetic chemistry skills and techniques.
  • High attention to detail and skilled in process improvement and technical evaluations.
  • Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Highly committed to quality and safety.


Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community. Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.

Upon completion of training in production (typically 3-6 months), shift loading will be applied on days with a rostered early start.


For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact SAHMRI HR at careers@sahmri.com.

Applications close: 11:29pm ACDT Sunday 2 April 2023


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Sunday, 02 Apr 2023

Contact careers@sahmri.com

Apply now

Equity & Diversity at SAHMRI

At SAHMRI, we live our commitment to equity and diversity every day: respecting people as individuals and valuing differences to create a working environment that is fair and flexible, promotes personal and professional growth and benefits from the capabilities of a diverse workforce.

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