Positron Imaging Centre Technician – Physics and Astronomy – 52959 – Grade 6-(21000140)


Position Details

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £27,511 to £30,046. With potential progression once in post to £33,797 a year

Grade 6

Full time

Fixed term contract until 31st August 2024

Closing Date: 2nd August 2021

Job summary

The Positron Imaging Centre is an experimental facility in which measurements are made by a variety of users from academia and industry. The post holder will facilitate this usage, maintaining the lab in good order, and assisting users as required. In particular, the post holder will:

• ensure that the Positron Imaging Centre laboratories are functional and used according to safety procedures.
• facilitate research work for both internal and external users.
• prepare radioactive tracers and refine new techniques for tracer production.

Main Duties

The Positron Imaging Centre is based in the Medical Physics Building of the School of Physics & Astronomy and is involved on both an academic and commercial research basis, in the imaging of motion within systems. The centre operates 5 days a week.

The Post-holder will be part of the PIC team. He/she will be responsible for: 

• Liaising with Cyclotron staff for production of radioisotopes for labelling
• Maintaining and up-dating equipment and safety documentation as instructed by the PIC Director. 
• Ensuring equipment is fully functional and where necessary effecting or organising repair and service
• Carrying out immediate fault diagnosis and rectification occurring during a shift
• Report activities at the PIC management meetings

Ensuring that the Positron Imaging Centre laboratories are functional and operated safely and in accordance with the local rules, including:

• Laboratory housekeeping (imaging laboratory and hot laboratory where labelling takes place) 
• Promotion of good Health and Safety practices by all users, including completion of risk assessments as necessary for new work
• Facilitating monthly Positron Imaging Centre Management meetings

Facilitating research work for both internal and external users, including:

• Provision of support to post-doctoral researchers and students as appropriate
• Working with users (as instructed by the PIC Director) to plan experiments
• Managing user bookings and liaising with Finance to ensure users are invoiced and payment received 

Making radioactive tracers and developing new techniques for tracer production, including: 

• Basic tracer making following existing procedures
• Developing new procedures for the safe production of tracers for new applications 
• Assisting with constructing, developing and modifying of components associated with the Centre and tracer 

Purchasing ready-use items from the School stores and obtaining orders to purchase from suppliers: 

• will involve identifying outside source for purchase of items 
• will involve discussions with the PIC Director and suppliers as to ordering from outside companies 

Adhering to all local, School and University safety policies, including responsibility for Health & Safety and security issues during the operation of the PIC and the use of other electrical test equipment 

Carrying out any other duties as directed by the Head of School or Director of the PIC.

Person Specification

Due to the commercial nature of the business in carrying out imaging for industry it is essential that interruptions are kept to a minimum. The technical staff responsible are required to show initiative and commitment in diagnosing and rectifying any faults occurring during operations in the minimal amount of time, unsupervised.

Skills and experience


• Four GCSE’s or equivalent 
• Experience of working within a team environment 
• Time management and prioritisation skills
• Ability to work under pressure
• Ability to identify and help solve problems
• Willingness to work with radiation and radioactivity and handle radioactive material — required to be a Classified Radiation Worker and to adhere to all safety controls which are in place 


• Experience in working within a radiation environment
• Experience of working in a chemistry laboratory
• Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary laboratory environment

Decision making

Without reference to others:

• Help users install equipment.
• Liaise with School Technical Manager for assistance with equipment installation as appropriate.
• Responsible for the day to day management of technical, H&S and Estates related matters linked to operational functionality of the laboratories within the Positron Imaging Centre.
• Responsible for ensuring compliance of housekeeping policies within the Positron Imaging Centre and taking any necessary action.

After consulting others:

• All matters linked to procurement with regard to purchase of medium to large items of equipment. Matters linked to research grants. More complex H&S, Estates, Environmental matters/issues. Any issues relating to use/change of space/services etc.
• Pursue outstanding invoices

Refer to someone else:

• Any matters which have a detrimental impact on the core business activities of the College. Any serious breaches of policies relating to H&S, security, financial rules & regulations or major failures of services/infrastructure.

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:Physics and Astronomy



Job Posting

:12.07.2021, 4:28:45 AMGrade (for job description):Grade 6

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Advert Close Date

:02.08.2021, 6:59:00 PMFixed Term Contract End Date31.08.2024

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