Head of PET Physics

Cardiff University: School of Physics and Astronomy
Cardiff, UK
£59,421 - £64,914 per annum (Grade 8)
Closing date
25 Feb 2024

Job Details

The Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Facility is a state-of-the-art PET centre and is seeking to appoint a new Head of PET Physics. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and flexible individual, with attention to detail, to join our team of experts who produce radiopharmaceuticals to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards in purpose designed aseptic facilities and perform PET CT scans on our state-of-the-art GE Omni Legend PET Scanner.

As the Head of Physics, you will be a key member of PETIC’s Senior Management Team. You will act as the Medical Physics Expert for the facility and will be responsible for actioning and overseeing radiation safety within the facility, including radiopharmaceutical production, clinical and pre-clinical scanning. You will also work closely with PETIC’s Radioactive Waste Advisor and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors as well as the Medical Physicists at Velindre Cancer Centre. The post holder will be responsible for actioning and overseeing radiation safety within the facility.

One of the important parts of this role is to lead on the provision of professional advice and guidance on Medical Physics processes and procedures for PET service under IRR and IR(ME)R as well as providing physics input on strategic developments and plans.

This exciting role would suit a medical physicist with a genuine desire to provide expertise in positron emission tomography and who is motivated to develop their own portfolio of methodological research.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended.

Salary: £59,421 - £64,914 per annum (Grade 8).  Appointments to roles at Cardiff University are usually made at bottom of scale unless in exceptional circumstances.

Cardiff University offers many excellent benefits, including 45 days annual leave (incl bank holidays), local pension scheme, a cycle to work scheme and other travel initiatives, annual increments within the pay scale, and more. It is an exciting and vibrant place to work, with many different challenges and is a proud Living Wage supporter.

If you are interested in this position and would like to know more, then please contact Professor Chris Marshall on 02920 748164 or email marshallc3@cardiff.ac.uk.

Closing date: Sunday, 25 February 2024

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


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Welcome to Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, one of the most highly regarded departments in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. World-leading research lies at the very heart of what we do, recent breakthroughs include discovering possible signs of life on Venus. 99% of our submission was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our research power (an indicator of the scale and quality of our submission) has almost tripled since REF 2014.

Why study with us
We pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly and supportive environment, alongside excellent teaching, which is why Guardian University Guide 2023 ranked us 9th in the UK for physics degrees. Studying with us not only offers you the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of the universe, but also gives you the practical skills and ability to solve real-world problems. With state-of-the-art facilities, we attract multi-million-pound research funding from significant bodies such as government and international space agencies. Our pioneering research compliments the teaching on our degree courses, as students are taught by academic staff at the forefront of their scientific fields with a track record of teaching excellence, helping you to achieve your full potential.

Career prospects
Our exciting range of degree courses provide you with advanced and specialist skills to enhance your career prospects, and we provide extensive support to guide you on your chosen career path. Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics, allowing you to gain professional awards such as Chartered Physicist (CPhys) later in your career. We also offer the opportunity for a professional placement, a year in industry, or even a summer research placement based in the UK or abroad.

Postgraduate opportunities
Our broad range of MSc courses allow students from a range of backgrounds to specialise in physics, astrophysics, data-intensive physics/astrophysics, semiconductor physics or gravitational physics. We offer supervision and/or research projects in a range of areas including gravitational waves, astronomy, quantum devices and brain imaging. We have a range of PhD studentships and are the lead university for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing, offering fully funded studentships for selected students. Postgraduate students also have the chance to lead practical demonstrations for undergraduate students, as well marking their work, which can support your career prospects. Our Master’s Excellence Scholarships are worth £3000 in the form of a tuition fee discount, as part of a £500,000 investment to support UK students. Further details can be found on our website.

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Cardiff, UK

Number of researchers
58 academic staff

Desired degree disciplines/class
For undergraduate, generally AAA–ABB. For postgraduates, generally 2.1 minimum in a physical science/mathematics degree

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
Postgraduates apply online at www.cardiff.ac.uk/physics-astronomy. Undergraduates apply through UCAS

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)29 208 76457
E-mail physics-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Company info
+44 (0)29 208 76457
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