Chemical Technologist Manufacturing X 3 at National Research Foundation

  • Permanent Intermediate EE position

  • Old Faure, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2224239 | Ref 2959

  • Posted 11 Jun 2018 by National Research Foundation

About the Position


To perform the duties of a chemical technologist involved in the chemical separation and packing processes of radiopharmaceuticals

Minimum requirements:

  • BSc Degree in Chemistry
  • 2 years' experience preferably in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in Quality Management Systems
  • Experience in the chemical separation processes of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Experience in writing and implementing procedures
  • Valid Code 8 drivers' license
  • Working hours may include unusual hours dependant on operational demands

Skills & attributes:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Deadline driven and ability to work under pressure
  • Integrity and reliability
  • Cooperative in a team environment
  • Computer literacy

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Preparation for chemical separation
  • Chemical recovery of radionuclides
  • 123I-mIBG Production
  • 18F-FDG Synthesis
  • Monitor and control adequate stock levels of chemicals and consumables used for the chemical separation processes
  • Housekeeping of hot cells (in front and back), production preparation lab and related infrastructure
  • Partake in the mid-year and end of the year routine maintenance of hot cells
  • Partake in troubleshooting as a result of equipment failure in hot cells
  • Provide input for the design of new or improved production panels
  • Housekeeping of packing area and radiopharmaceutical store
  • Perform qualification on equipment and troubleshooting when necessary
  • Perform validation of equipment and production methods when necessary
  • Prepare and label boxes and complete documentation according to IATA requirements
  • Check orders received & put into planning for packing in collaboration with the administrative work group
  • Monitor and control adequate stock levels of packing materials
  • Complete all documentation related to chemical separation and packing functions
  • Make suggestions for updating of SOP's
  • Assist in writing & implementing SOP's
  • Setting goals for the development and optimisation of procedures in compliance with product specifications and cGMP; to minimise radiation exposure; and to increase efficiency
  • Experiment with various options and select the most appropriate
  • Identify problems and investigate possible solutions
  • Compile reports on experiment or solutions
  • Complete experimental work and write-up of Project

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • Computer literacy
  • Integrity and reliability
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Cooperative in a team environment
  • Deadline driven and ability to work under pressure


  • In a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment

About The Employer

The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research /Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including science, engineering, social science and humanities.

The iThemba LABS Laboratories for Accelerator Based Sciences is a group of multidisciplinary research laboratories administered by the NRF. Based at the two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced isotopes for nuclear medicine and research

The NRF is committed to employment equity and redress. Correspondence will be conducted with the shortlisted candidates

iThemba LABS reserves the right to amend and/or withdraw adverts at any time without notification.

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