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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Radiology - 51209
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 03/25/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting.  To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Radiology.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Research: Radiopharmaceutical Imaging (Sharma) and Translational Neuropsychopharmacology (Wong) Laboratories

Research interests of our laboratories are focused on the discovery, development, preclinical validation (radiotracer cell bioassays, preclinical imaging including live cell imaging using fluorescent counterparts of lead agents) and translation of well-validated leads for nuclear medicine imaging.  We are seeking a radiochemist with expertise in design and development of heterocyclic small organic molecules (incorporated with F-18/C-11) for PET imaging.  This position seeks a candidate with experience in cGMP production, including development of standard operating procedures and quality control procedures used in synthesis of radiotracers for human use. This position also requires prior experience in developing bioassays for testing of new molecular imaging probes in preclinical disease models and translation of lead agents into human research. It is anticipated that human research studies of targeted agents would involve interactions with an interdisciplinary team of investigators in neuroscience, cardiovascular, and pulmonary sciences including tumor biology.  Therefore, we seek a candidate with outstanding communications skills (oral and written).  Labs of both PIs (Drs. Sharma & Wong) offer a strong research platform for interfacing preclinical translation research with human imaging.


  • Assist in production of new PET tracers under GMP conditions for developing SOPs and CMCs for submission of IND applications for FDA approvals.
  • Design and synthesis of new heterocyclic molecules for biomedical imaging applications (neuroscience, cardiovascular imaging, inflammation, and tumor biology).
  • Assist with ongoing PET/SPECT/Optical imaging research studies and bioassays for preclinical translational imaging.
  • Work with other interdisciplinary scientists and radiochemists to develop and optimize radiotracer production methodologies for current and ongoing human PET studies (Wong and Sharma labs).
  • Perform miscellaneous radiochemistry related tasks as assigned.  

  • Required Qualifications

    • Ph.D. degree in medicinal organic chemistry or doctorate in a related discipline. 
    • At least two years of postdoctoral experience in a radiochemistry/cyclotron laboratory producing novel radiotracers for preclinical and clinical use.

    Salary Range

    Base pay commensurate with experience.

    Pre-Employment Screening

    All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:  https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ .

    Applicant Special Instructions

    Interested applicants should send a CV with contact information of references and cover letter (describing relevant expertise and scientific interests) to both Dr. Dean Wong at dfwong@wustl.edu and Dr. Vijay Sharma at sharmav@wustl.edu .

    EOE Statement

    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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