Principal Radiochemist (Radiopharmaceuticals Development and Manufacture)

Position Overview

  • Ongoing | Full Time | Salary commensurate with skills and experience
  • Lucas Heights I Health & Wellbeing Programs I Flexible Work Arrangements

About the Opportunity

The Principal Radiochemist (Radiopharmaceuticals Development and Manufacture) is to lead the development and manufacture of high-quality radiopharmaceuticals. The position leads and undertakes capability development programs to enable and improve radiochemistry manufacturing capabilities to support the translation of radiopharmaceutical technologies into high-quality products. The position holder provides subject-matter expertise to develop and execute early-stage radiopharmaceuticals, including the development of radio-conjugation and radiolabelling technologies, using alpha-emitting and OPAL produced radioisotopes.

About You

'The Radiopharmaceutical Team is at the forefront of developing and translating cutting-edge theranostic radiopharmaceuticals, whilst 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 therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals into scalable manufacturing processes and pioneering the development of new radiopharmaceuticals to meet unmet clinical demands. We are actively seeking an accomplished radiochemist to bolster our efforts. The ideal candidate should exhibit a passion for the intricacies of radiopharmaceutical development and manufacturing techniques. They must be intrinsically motivated to drive the translation of radiopharmaceutical 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 radiopharmaceutical development and manufacturing. 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 theranostic radiopharmaceuticals and make a lasting impact in the world of science and technology'. – Ivan Greguric, Head of Radiochemistry

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide research leadership in the development and provision of new and early-stage therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals using alpha, and OPAL produced radioisotopes. Including the development of radio-conjugation and radiolabelling technologies.
  • Lead the development of radiopharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities for the translation of new radiopharmaceutical technologies into high-quality products. Including the development of high[1]quality and reproducible radiochemistry automation and radio-analytical measurement methods.
  • Lead and develop advanced manufacture techniques to deliver new or improved capabilities, apply then at scale radiopharmaceutical production, to optimise radiochemistry yield, reliability, purity, and stability.
  • Lead and conduct routine radiopharmaceutical production and propose, evaluate, validate, and execute new and improved manufacture methods for routine supply of radiopharmaceuticals and radioisotopes to user communities.
  • Fulfil the role of Facility Fellow of the National Imaging Facility (NIF), meeting specified performance indicators in the areas of research, facility utilisation, networking, engagement, communication, reporting, and national coordination.


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 2 9717 3759.  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:  28 January 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.