PDF - Production of Gallium-68 on High Current Cyclotron Solid Target - ON-173

Preferred Disciplines: Medical Biophysics, Chemical Engineering (Post-Doc)
Company: ARTMS Products Inc.
Project Length: 2 years (6 units)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: This posting is looking for a PDF to work with Dr. Michael Kovacs (Western University) in partnership with ARTMS, based in British Columbia.
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None

About the Company: 

ARTMS™ Products, based in Vancouver, BC is a leader in the development of novel technologies which enable the production of the world’s most-used diagnostic imaging isotopes. Our flagship product is the QUANTM99, a hardware and consumable system for producing Tc-99m on medical cyclotrons to enable cost-effective, decentralized, and local production of medical isotopes.

Project Description:

This Postdoctoral fellow will design, implement and test a novel cyclotron target for the production of gallium-68. This project will be performed as a collaboration between Lawson Health Research, ARTMS Products Inc. and TRIUMF. Gallium-68 is an emerging and important isotope used for the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of prostate cancer. The postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity to work independently or with colleagues in the use of various metal manufacturing techniques and chemistry methods to detail target performance and isotope yields and purity.

Being a joint position between these organizations, the Postdoctoral candidate will work roughly 50% of the time in Vancouver doing target development and 50% in London performing tests at the Lawson cyclotron facility.

Research Objectives:

  • Develop a novel target design including automated target dissolution, purification and radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control.
  • Leverage past chemical engineering experience to study and establish target performance specifications during and after proton irradiation.
  • Represent the project at conference symposia and publish the study data in the peer reviewed literature


To be determined

Expertise and Skills Needed:

    Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or equivalent field of research. A knowledge of isotope-based research is preferred. In addition, candidates should have the ability to learn to safely prepare and handle radiopharmaceuticals. Skills will be developed in the areas of high-temperature sintering techniques, electroplating, electrodeposition, chromatography, radiation detectors, and other analytical devices. 

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    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform.