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Production Unit Manager PET Radiopharmacy - BC Cancer - Vancouver

Production Unit Manager PET Radiopharmacy

BC Cancer

Vancouver, BC


The PET Radiopharmacy Production Unit Manager (Production Unit Manager) is responsible for coordinating/supervising staff and overseeing the preparation of clinical Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals, such as 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG), which are prepared for clinical human use by the Functional Imaging Department to diagnose and study cancer. 


The primary duties involve supervising the Radiochemists and Cyclotron Operators and coordinating the daily radiopharmaceutical production activities as required and dictated through the clinical PET facility’s patient scanning schedules. The Production Unit Manager is also responsible for coordinating quality control of the product. Duties include tracking the preparation of chemical compounds used in the synthesis of the radiopharmaceuticals, including the maintenance of equipment and inventory of production materials. The Production Unit Manager will also be responsible for the development and maintenance of a provincial radiopharmaceutical distribution program inclusive of establishing shipping routes and planning/fulfilling supply orders.



What you’ll do


  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of designated radiopharmacy staff/students by scheduling workflows, establishing priorities, providing guidance and technical advice, hiring staff, determining orientation/training needs, managing staff performance, and monitoring overall operations to ensure all departmental standards and performance expectations are being met or exceeded.
  • Develop, maintain, and supervise the logistics of radiopharmaceutical production and delivery between the PET Radiopharmacy, PET imaging centres, and other radioisotope suppliers as necessary to meet clinical requirements.
  • Maintain radiation safety documentation, report to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) regarding radiation safety in the clinical production facility, and work with the RSO to develop/update radiation safety procedures as needed for the continued growth and development of the Centre.
  • Develop and implement departmental safety and security policies and procedures in accordance with current regulations regarding radiopharmaceutical laboratory working conditions and the use of biological, radioactive, and chemical materials. Communicate safety information to staff, ensure safety standards are upheld, and maintain related records.
  • Coordinate and maintain departmental records to be in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practice and other regulatory requirements.



What you bring



  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or related science degree 
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of recent related experience in a radiochemistry/radiopharmacy clinical or research laboratory
  • Two (2) years related experience in a supervisory or managerial role.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (Class 7 – Radioactives) certification is required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated excellent synthetic chemistry skills and a comprehensive knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques and equipment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of radiochemistry product development and radiopharmacy operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage and supervise staff/students using leadership, creativity and organizational skills.
  • Competency with various computer applications such as office desktop software, laboratory information management systems, and hospital information systems.
  • Ability to work well both independently and with others in a team-oriented environment.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Support team members on their learning journey, ensuring education strategy for team/department to implement Indigenous Cultural Safety at a practical level.
  • Work collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams/departments to ensure ICS lens applied holistically.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.


Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $80,935 - $116,344. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.

Location: 600 W 10th Ave, Vancouver BC V5Z 4E6

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0800-1600, subject to change based on operational needs

Requisitions # 138944E



As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.



What we do


BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.


BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). 


(PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BC Cancer are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.



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