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Operations Technologist (req4414)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: Research
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Posted Date: 5/30/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings:

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) is inviting applications for an Operations Technologist to support the research and manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (SCCS). The complete job profile is attached.

The Fedoruk Centre was established in 2011 under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, with an independent Board of Directors and a sole Member, the University of Saskatchewan (U Sask).   The purpose of the Fedoruk Centre is to help place Canada among global leaders of nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry.  The SCCS is owned by U Sask and operated by the Fedoruk Centre.  Commencing operation in 2015, this $25 million facility features a high-current ACSI TR24 cyclotron; a cGMP-level radiopharmaceutical laboratory including hot cells, auto-synthesis units and a quality control system (HPLC, GC, TLC);  and a small-animal SPECT-PET-CT scanner for preclinical research.  An additional investment of $5M was secured from provincial and federal agencies in 2018 to establish an innovation complex of shielded work areas, radiochemistry equipment and a new high-throughput PET-CT instrument, for access by users to develop new nuclear imaging agents for disease-targeting diagnoses and treatments.  Besides serving as a centre of scientific collaborations and partnerships among the province’s two universities, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and industry, the SCCS supplies fludeoxyglucose (FDG) for PET-CT scanning at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, enabling more than 2500 patients each year to receive medical scans for diagnosis of cancer. 

The salary range is $50,000 to $88,000 per annum.  Placement within the range is dependent upon education and experience. This is a full-time permanent position. This position is not within any collective bargaining unit.

How to apply:

See the attached Job Profile for detailed qualifications and job description.  Please submit a covering letter and resume in PDF format by email to, with Subject Line:  Operations Technologist; [your name].

This position will be posted until filled.  Screening will begin on/about June 21, 2019ith the start date to be mutually agreed upon.  While the Fedoruk Centre thanks all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:

Niki Schrie

Fedoruk Centre



Primary Purpose:  Reporting to the Technical Manager, the Operations Technologist will support the research and manufacturing equipment present at the SCCS. 

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Technical Manager of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, the Operations Technologist will be part of a small team supporting specialized equipment used in the production and investigation of radiochemicals and radiopharmaceuticals.  The primary work environment is a cyclotron laboratory, which is clean, orderly, properly lighted, and ventilated.  There is some exposure to ionizing radiation in a laboratory that is operated under well-controlled and closely monitored conditions, highly regulated by provincial, federal, and internal quality and regulatory professionals.  Each staff member receives specific training in keeping with regulatory guidelines and is monitored for radiation exposure.  Noise levels are considered low to moderate. 

This position may occasionally require early morning shifts, weekend shifts and on-call work.


  • Operate and perform general maintenance and repairs of nuclear imaging scanners and ancillary equipment.
  • Operate and perform general maintenance and repairs of the cyclotron and all GMP equipment.
  • Train researchers, students and staff on the operation of all on-site equipment.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and calibrate equipment, ensuring a reliable and uninterrupted state of functionality and regulatory compliance.
  • Use manufacturers’ manuals to complete installation of new equipment and to complete troubleshooting of malfunctioning equipment.
  • Maintain equipment spare parts and process components inventory.
  • Maintain complete records of maintenance, repair and calibrations in order to adhere to CNSC and GMP regulations.
  • Follow standard operating procedures to ensure Health Canada GMP requirements are met.
  • Understand and work under the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulations and radiation protection procedures.
  • Other related duties that support the core activities and mission of the Fedoruk Centre.

Education: A recognized college diploma in instrumentation, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, chemistry or related field or a recognized undergraduate degree or equivalent in chemistry, physics, engineering or related field.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of relevant technical experience, preferably in a laboratory or small-scale industrial setting. Experience with radiation safety, working under regulation, quality testing and/or research is considered an asset.


  • Knowledge of and skills in applying a wide range of troubleshooting techniques.
  • A commitment to continuous learning.
  • Basic understanding of chromatography (HPLC, TLC and/or GC), controls, vacuum and fluid transfer systems all considered assets.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to analyze situations, set priorities and meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • A high level of professionalism demonstrated by an ability to communicate effectively and to develop and maintain respectful and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals including team members, university service providers, facility management, and researchers.
  • Physical ability to lift 23 kilograms.

Health requirement: Any offer of employment will be conditional on the results of a medical assessment and/or vision examination to the extent permissible under employment law (The Saskatchewan Employment Act, S‐15.1, 2013, as amended).


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.