Research Assistant or Associate Professor, Radiology and Medical Imaging

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Health & Medical, Medicine
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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The Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia (UVA) within the School of Medicine (SOM) seeks applications for a tenure-track research faculty position at an Assistant or Associate Professor rank. We are seeking applicants whose research focuses on the design, production, and utilization of precision molecular imaging/PET-based diagnostic and theranostic agents. The faculty member will have a unique opportunity to work with a diverse, multi-disciplinary clinical and research community and investigate questions and applications related to oncologic, neurologic, cardiovascular and infectious diseases as well as other domains. The candidate would also serve as a faculty advisor to the Radiochemistry Core, a well-equipped cGMP (certified Good Manufacturing Practice operating under USP <823>) Radiopharmaceutical laboratory capable of synthesizing novel PET drugs for both preclinical and human trials, and radiotheranostic agents for preclinical use. The Radiochemistry Core and cGMP lab have significantly expanded molecular imaging, radiotheranostic and immuno-oncology research capabilities and allowed multiple research laboratories at UVA to secure federal funding. Additionally, the Radiochemistry Core, a cyclotron and a vivarium are co-located adjacent to extensive research-dedicated imaging technology to support preclinical and human subjects’ studies.

Expectations associated with this faculty position include:

  • Developing an independent and well-funded research program;
  • Generating innovative and meaningful scientific data to present at academic conferences and publish in high impact journals;
  • Building relationships and working collaboratively with other researchers and clinician scientists within the Department and Institution as well as other organizations;
  • Establishing a national and international reputation;
  • Helping to educate and train the next generation of research scientists in precision molecular imaging/PET-based diagnostic and theranostic approaches; and
  • Inspiring a culture of respect and inclusivity.


  • PhD degree in chemistry, radiochemistry, or nuclear medicine technology with at least 3 years of PET radiochemistry work experience is required.
  • Candidate should be able to work independently and train junior lab personnel.
  • Expertise in Organic Chemistry for synthesizing precursors for subsequent radiolabeling and postdoctoral research experience are both preferred.
  • Applicants are expected to have proficiency in handling, synthesis, and quality control/quality assurance of radioisotopes/radiopharmaceuticals and the ability to perform 18F, 11C, and radiometal radiolabeling.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of laboratory techniques, organic synthesis and product purification is required.
  • Competency in analytical techniques, and the use of HPLC, GC, TLC is required.
  • The selected candidate should have excellent written and spoken English skills.

This is a full-time benefited position and comes with a competitive compensation package.

The UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging has nine divisions, 55 full-time clinical faculty, 14 research faculty, 47 residents and 23 fellows/instructors. It offers faculty members a positive, supportive and genuinely non-competitive professional community with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies as well as a dedicated marketing team. Our faculty are very well-respected, dynamic educators and highly productive – many are leaders and innovators in their fields. The Department and its faculty and staff are very committed to growing the diversity of all of its team members, imbuing a culture of respect and inclusivity, and supporting efforts to improve work-life balance.

Charlottesville, Virginia, is regularly rated as one of the best places in the United States to live, work and raise a family. Residents enjoy everything that a major metropolitan area has to offer in a diverse, charming and family-oriented college town. Set at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville features excellent schools, endless outdoor activities and a wide variety of food, beverage, music and arts scenes. It’s all anchored by the University of Virginia, one of the nation’s top public universities.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit and search for R0035163.

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three references
  • Incomplete applications will not receive full consideration


Priority review of applications will begin on May 29, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

This is a three (3) year appointment that may be renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. James R. Stone, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Research, at

For questions about the application, please contact Nicole Vaughan, Regional Faculty Affairs Coordinator at or Eric Allen, Academic Recruiter at

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community, please see and

For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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