Principal Radiochemist (Radioisotopes Separations Development)

Position Overview

  • Ongoing | Full Time | Salary commensurate with skills and experience
  • Lucas Heights, Sydney I Health & Wellbeing Programs I Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Generous leave provisions including relocation assistance

About the Opportunity

The Principal Radiochemist (Radioisotopes Separations Development) is to conduct separations research and development with the aim to improve existing radioisotope production methods and enable new radioisotope availability. The position holder applies new separations discoveries and existing technological advances to increase efficiency of radioisotope production and reveal previously undiscovered radioisotope separations for medical applications. The position holder uses expertise and experience to build and utilise networks across NST, Nuclear Medicine businesses, national and international collaborators for the delivery of high impact outcomes, ultimately contributing to ANSTO’s strategic imperatives. 

About You

"The Radioisotope team works towards the translation of medical radioisotopes for manufacture and the development of novel medical radioisotopes to address areas of unmet clinical need. We are looking for an experienced radiochemist to support these areas. The ideal candidate has a deep desire and curiosity in developing radioisotope separations with the intrinsic motivation to translate developed separation technologies for larger scaled manufacture. They have a proven ability in radioisotope separation development in either reactor or cyclotron-based radioisotope separations.  We offer flexible working arrangements, ongoing development opportunities and the ability to work at early-stage technology discovery through to product translation." - Ivan Greguric, Head of Radiochemisty

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide research leadership and development expertise in the separation of new and improved radioisotope manufacturing processes, innovation, and the generation of intellectual property.
  • Conduct research and development activities with the aim to enable new radioisotope availability, increase efficiency of production, and explore new separation technology with the intent of translating radioisotopes for medically relevant uses.
  • Lead, perform, and contribute to the design and prototyping of radioisotope separations work related to chemical and radiochemical handling, sampling, separation, and analysis. Implement and execute new and improved radioisotope separation methods for proof of principle supply to ANSTO’s user communities. 
  • Conduct routine radioisotope production and propose, evaluate, validate, and execute new and improved manufacturing methods for routine supply of radioisotopes to user communities.


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:  4 March 2024 at 11.59pm



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.