Analytical Chemist

National Institutes of Health/Clinical Center/Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Department
Bethesda, Maryland
GS-13 ($99,172 - $128,920) Salary is commensurate with experience.
Apr 24, 2019
May 23, 2019
Job Type
Full time

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Clinical Center

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Department

Analytical Quality Control Chemist

This position is within the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Department located at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The PET Radiochemistry Section has the primary responsibility to manufacture PET drug products for immediate use in PET imaging studies.  PET radionuclides are, in general, short lived with half-lives on the order of 2 minutes (O‑15) to a couple hours (F-18).  As such, quality control testing and release of the PET drug product must be completed in very short order. PET radiopharmaceuticals are administered to humans under Investigational New Drug Applications (IND Form FDA-1571) and, under some conditions, approval from the NIH Radioactive Drug Research Committee.

We are looking for a motivated Ph.D. or M.S. candidate with a background of working within a GMP/GLP laboratory environment.  The candidate should demonstrate expert knowledge in method validation, quality control testing and be completely familiar with QC instrumentation (HPLC, GC, TLC and MS).  The candidate must display excellent communication skills (written and oral).  Familiarization with Agilent Instrumentation and OpenLab software is highly desirable.

To apply to this position, please log onto and apply to vacancy announcement NIH-CC-DH-19-10476406; please be sure to upload all requested documents.  Applications can be submitted from May 14, 2019 to May 23, 2019.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

This is a GS-13 federal appointment in the competitive service. A full benefits package (including retirement, health, life and long term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available. Appointees must be U.S. citizens.

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HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.  Selection for this position is based solely on merit, without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  All applicants will be subject to a background investigation.