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Senior Cyclotron Specialist

Date:  Jun 20, 2021

Maryland Heights, MO, United States

About Curium

Curium is the world’s largest nuclear medicine company with more than a century of industry experience. We develop, manufacture and distribute world-class radiopharmaceutical products to help patients around the globe. Our proven heritage combined with a pioneering approach are the hallmarks to deliver innovation, excellence and unparalleled service.


With manufacturing facilities across Europe and the United States, Curium delivers SPECT, PET and therapeutic radiopharmaceutical solutions for life-threatening diseases to over 14 million patients annually. The name ‘Curium’ honors the legacy of pioneering radioactive researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, after whom the radioactive element curium was named and emphasizes our focus on nuclear medicine. The tagline ‘Life Forward’ represents our commitment to securing a brighter future for all those we serve: An enhanced quality of care for our patients. A trusted partner to our customers. A supportive employer to our valued team.


Summary of Position

A Senior Cyclotron Specialist is responsible for all technical aspects pertaining to the monitoring, training, planning, and execution of cyclotron (particle accelerator) operations, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair activities while actively managing the activities within the constraints of limited production downtime and available department resources, in order to meet internal customer demands for bulk radiopharmaceutical production.  This position serves as the technical expert within the cyclotron operations and maintenance field and the decisions and contributions of position will impact the overall success of the department.  Additionally, position will support specific projects and frequently be utilized as technical planning and support resources for corporate and site engineers and project managers.  
Specialists must also have the leadership abilities to effectively direct and manage the technical work of the Cyclotron Technicians and Coordinators, as well as the work of non-technically trained “augmentees”. 

Essential Functions

  • Ensure a safe and quality working environment through training, awareness, and compliance to safety guidelines and SOP’s. 
  • Ensure the maintenance of their department, premises and equipment. 
  • Monitor and direct daily operations of cyclotrons and support equipment. 
  • Perform, coordinate, and lead department troubleshooting activities for cyclotrons and support equipment. 
  • Must frequently plan, organize, schedule, and execute maintenance and repairs of cyclotrons and associated support systems. 
  • On a rotating basis, must serve as the primary after hours point of contact to site leadership, responsible for the timely communication and response to any cyclotron equipment problems which includes performing the final technical assessment, and directing and/or performing emergency troubleshooting and repairs if needed. 
  • Monitor and lead department technical training activities. 
  • Develop and author preventative maintenance and operations procedures for cyclotrons and support equipment. 
  • Develop and promote equipment and process improvements which serve to improve reliability, increase output, and reduce radiation exposure. 
  • Assist in driving cost savings initiatives for the department. Ensure department safety, quality, and financial metrics are achieved. 
  • Must frequently identify alternate cyclotron parts options and suppliers for potential cost savings, increased reliability, and decreased supply chain timelines. 
  • Must frequently identify critical parts and determine the appropriate on site inventory levels to maintain. 
  • Must act as the primary corporate resource for providing technical and planning support for engineering and manufacturing projects, shutdowns, and upgrades related to cyclotrons and cyclotron building support systems. 
  • Lead and organize department safety initiatives and programs. 
  • Must actively manage personal radiation exposure as well as exposures of shift personnel per prescribed policies, procedures, and guidelines. 
  • Must maintain Class 1 Radiation Worker training qualifications. 
  • Must frequently guide and direct non-technically skilled "augmentees" in performing mechanical repairs to cyclotrons. 
  • Must provide accurate and timely record keeping of maintenance and repair work performed. 
  • Collateral duties and special projects assigned by superintendent and/or other site or corporate leadership. 


  • Bachelor Degree preferred or direct applicable experience. 
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in cyclotron operations, troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs. 
  • Experience in maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing the following:  solid state and vacuum tube based electronics, analog and digital circuits, logic circuits/PLCs, high power RF systems (high HF through low VHF ranges), high voltage DC power equipment, electro-mechanical systems, and vacuum systems (mechanical, cryogenic, and/or diffusion pumps).  
  • Experience working around ionizing radiation sources.  
  • Experience working with pneumatics and hydraulics. 
  • Skills/Competencies: Action Oriented, Problem Solving, Decision Quality, Directing Others, Developing Others, Technical Skills, Written Communications, Creativity 
  • Ability to use a variety of general purpose test equipment and bench test electronic system components.  
  • Ability to use advanced test equipment such as RF spectrum and network analyzers, and helium and ultrasonic leak test equipment.  
  • PLC and HMI programming and computer networking. 
  • Good mechanical inclination and proficiencies. 
  • Good technical troubleshooting skills with and without schematics.  
  • Ability to perform large scale troubleshooting with system components spread across multiple areas.  
  • Ability to perform circuit board repair and basic soldering. 


Working Conditions

  • Willingness to work in plant producing radioactive materials and requiring all employees to participate in safety programs designed to minimize potential and/or actual exposure levels.
  • Must be willing to wear a variety of personal protective equipment.
  • Willingness to work in a team based environment. 
  • Close attention to detail required. 
  • May be required to sit or stand for long periods of time while performing duties. 
  • Must be able to work outside of regular work hours, overtime, weekends and holidays.  
  • Frequent handling of radioactive cyclotron components.
  • Frequent work around high voltages.
  • Frequent climbing of stairs and ladders.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs.
  • Responsibilites also include the ability to lift, walk, bend, stoop, push, pull, reach and climb stairs with or without accomodation.   
  • Must possess good hand-eye coordination.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Curium is an equal opportunity employer and believes everyone deserves respect, dignity and equality.  All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


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