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Research Assistant or Associate Professor, Radiology and Medical Imaging


Research Assistant or Associate Professor, Radiology and Medical Imaging

  • R0035163
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Faculty
  • The University of Virginia
The Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia (UVA) within the School of Medicine (SOM) seeks applications for a tenure-track research faculty position at an Assistant or Associate Professor rank. We are seeking applicants whose research focuses on the design, production, and utilization of precision molecular imaging/PET-based diagnostic and theranostic agents. The faculty member will have a unique opportunity to work with a diverse, multi-disciplinary clinical and research community and investigate questions and applications related to oncologic, neurologic, cardiovascular and infectious diseases as well as other domains. The candidate would also serve as a faculty advisor to the Radiochemistry Core, a well-equipped cGMP (certified Good Manufacturing Practice operating under USP ) Radiopharmaceutical laboratory capable of synthesizing novel PET drugs for both preclinical and human trials, and radiotheranostic agents for preclinical use. The Radiochemistry Core and cGMP lab have significantly expanded molecular imaging, radiotheranostic and immuno-oncology research capabilities and allowed multiple research laboratories at UVA to secure federal funding. Additionally, the Radiochemistry Core, a cyclotron and a vivarium are co-located adjacent to extensive research-dedicated imaging technology to support preclinical and human subjects’ studies.

Expectations associated with this faculty position include:
  • Developing an independent and well-funded research program;
  • Generating innovative and meaningful scientific data to present at academic conferences and publish in high impact journals;
  • Building relationships and working collaboratively with other researchers and clinician scientists within the Department and Institution as well as other organizations;
  • Establishing a national and international reputation;
  • Helping to educate and train the next generation of research scientists in precision molecular imaging/PET-based diagnostic and theranostic approaches; and
  • Inspiring a culture of respect and inclusivity.

  • PhD degree in chemistry, radiochemistry, or nuclear medicine technology with at least 3 years of PET radiochemistry work experience is required.
  • Candidate should be able to work independently and train junior lab personnel.
  • Expertise in Organic Chemistry for synthesizing precursors for subsequent radiolabeling and postdoctoral research experience are both preferred.
  • Applicants are expected to have proficiency in handling, synthesis, and quality control/quality assurance of radioisotopes/radiopharmaceuticals and the ability to perform 18F, 11C, and radiometal radiolabeling.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of laboratory techniques, organic synthesis and product purification is required.
  • Competency in analytical techniques, and the use of HPLC, GC, TLC is required.
  • The selected candidate should have excellent written and spoken English skills.

This is a full-time benefited position and comes with a competitive compensation package.

The UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging has nine divisions, 55 full-time clinical faculty, 14 research faculty, 47 residents and 23 fellows/instructors. It offers faculty members a positive, supportive and genuinely non-competitive professional community with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies as well as a dedicated marketing team. Our faculty are very well-respected, dynamic educators and highly productive - many are leaders and innovators in their fields. The Department and its faculty and staff are very committed to growing the diversity of all of its team members, imbuing a culture of respect and inclusivity, and supporting efforts to improve work-life balance.

Charlottesville, Virginia, is regularly rated as one of the best places in the United States to live, work and raise a family. Residents enjoy everything that a major metropolitan area has to offer in a diverse, charming and family-oriented college town. Set at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville features excellent schools, endless outdoor activities and a wide variety of food, beverage, music and arts scenes. It’s all anchored by the University of Virginia, one of the nation’s top public universities.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and search for R0035163.
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three references
  • Incomplete applications will not receive full consideration


Priority review of applications will begin on May 29, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

This is a three (3) year appointment that may be renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. James R. Stone, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Research, at jrs7r @virginia.edu .

For questions about the application, please contact Nicole Vaughan, Regional Faculty Affairs Coordinator at Nicole.Vaughan@virginia.edu or Eric Allen, Academic Recruiter at uth9qh @virginia.edu .

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community, please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/ .

For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits .

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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