Principal Radiochemist (Radioisotope Translation)

Position Overview

  • Ongoing | Full Time | Salary commensurate with skills and experience
  • Lucas Heights, Sydney I Health & Wellbeing Programs I Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Exciting opportunity to develop and translate cutting-edge medical radioisotopes

About the Opportunity

The Principal Radiochemist (Radioisotopes Translation) is to support the development and translation of OPAL produced radioisotopes. The position provides research expertise to develop radioisotope separations and manufacturing methods for the provision of new and existing radioisotopes to support clinical research, medical research, and environmental tracing. The position holder uses expertise and experience to build and utilise internal networks across NST, Nuclear Medicine businesses, and national and international collaborators for the delivery of high impact outcomes, contributing to ANSTO’s strategic imperatives.

About You

The Radioisotope team is at the forefront of developing and translating cutting-edge medical radioisotopes, while also playing a key role in rejuvenating ANSTO's nuclear medicine manufacturing processes for the state-of-the-art Nuclear Medicine Manufacture Facility. We are on a mission to develop the field by translating new and existing medical radioisotopes into scalable manufacturing processes and pioneering the development of cutting-edge medical radioisotopes to meet unmet clinical demands. We are actively seeking an accomplished radiochemist to bolster our efforts. The ideal candidate should exhibit a profound passion for the intricacies of radioisotope separation and manufacturing techniques. They must be intrinsically motivated to drive the translation of radioisotope products and technologies, facilitating their integration into routine practices and large-scale production. To thrive in this role, you should have a demonstrated track record in radioisotope development and manufacture, whether through reactor or cyclotron-based radioisotope separations. At ANSTO, we provide flexible working arrangements, continuous opportunities for personal and professional growth, and the chance to engage in every stage of the technology development process, from early discovery to product translation. Join us in shaping the future of medical radioisotopes and make a lasting impact in the world of science and technology. – Ivan Greguric, Head of Radiochemistry

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide specialist expertise in radioisotopes separations, manufacturing and automation leading to the provision of radioisotopes or related technologies.
  • Provide research leadership and development expertise in the development of new and improved radioisotope manufacturing processes, innovation, and the generation of intellectual property.
  • Lead and conduct routine radioisotope production and propose, evaluate, validate, and execute new and improved manufacturing methods for routine supply of radioisotopes to user communities.
  • Drive the creation and development of technologies that support sustainable separation and manufacture of medical radioisotopes, which includes proposing research or development programs, negotiating resources, development of work plans and ensuring completion of activities.


Please click here to view the Position Description.

About Us

ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes.  We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits.  Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment.  ANSTO is the home of Australia's most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research.  Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

Benefits of Working with Us

ANSTO employees are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being part of an organisation making a difference in the lives of Australians. 

We support and reward our employees through eligibility for:

  • Training, development and mentoring opportunities 
  • Performance based salary increases 
  • Work-life balance with generous leave entitlements and flexible conditions


If you want to join a world class organisation that's making a difference in the lives of Australians, apply now!

How to Apply

For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Description or contact Ivan Greguric on +61 (02) 9717 3759 or  For all other queries please contact Talent Acquisition on +61 (02) 9717 3359.


To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment.


Application closing date:  9 June 2024 at 11.59pm


Australian Citizens Preferred


In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.