Postdoctoral Fellow in PET Tracer Development and Radiochemistry

Indianapolis, Indiana
Salary will follow NIH guidelines
Apr 08, 2021
May 08, 2021
Field of specialization
Nuclear / Radiochemical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Molecular Imaging Ligand Development Program in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is seeking a creative and motivated candidate for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with special interest in molecular imaging, radiochemistry, and novel ligand development. This is a rare and exciting career opportunity to join a successful molecular imaging center in a phase of strong growth in PET imaging ligand development. The successful candidate will participate in collaborative research with scientists and physicians in fields ranging from neuroscience, oncology, and cardiology. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and synthesize target molecules with minimal supervision.
  • Develop novel radiochemical probes containing but not limited to the isotopes carbon-11, fluorine-18, copper-64, gallium-68, and zirconium-89.
  • Record, maintain, and interpret analytical data (LCMS, NMR, etc).
  • Contribute to research so as to merit serving as author or co-author on research publications
  • Open to work collaboratively with others in the team and with collaborators outside.
  • Mentor junior members of the lab including graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Trouble-shoot chemistry related infrastructure including major analytical equipment.
  • Oversee daily operations in the chemistry labs and maintain a safe and clean working environment.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Synthetic organic chemistry experience is required along with knowledge of related techniques including HPLC, MS, TLC, flash chromatography, NMR, and safe handling of chemicals and wastes. Familiarity with techniques including molecular imaging (PET), library-based synthesis, radiochemistry, and tissue culture is desirable but not required. Candidate must have excellent communication skills and will be expected to interact daily with students, post-docs, staff, and faculty and be able to report results in written and oral communications.

About us:

Indiana University School of Medicine ( has grown its NIH research funding by approximately 70% over the past four years.  The Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences houses a Siemens Vision positron emission tomography (PET) – computer tomography (CT) scanner, a Siemens Biography PET-CT scanner, a Bruker 9.4 T PET-MRI scanner, a Siemens Eclipse Medical Cyclotron, and Radiochemistry Facilities. We envision that personalized patient care will be facilitated by imaging-driven diagnosis of disease, imaging-guided therapy, and imaging-based assessment of treatment response.

How to apply:

We are looking for candidates who are self-motivated and collaborative.  Salary will follow NIH guidelines and will be commensurate with experience.  If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and three recommendation letters Dr. Michael Schulte ( The position and review process will be open immediately until filled. 

Department Contact for Questions
Carla Ewing, Radiology Human Resources

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