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Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for a faculty position as Chief of Nuclear Medicine. Rank/tenure are dependent upon qualifications and experience. The selected candidate is expected to have a strong clinical and operations background and research experience in molecular imaging and Theranostics to help advance the academic missions of the Department and continue to build/grow internal and external collaborations. The Department has growing collaborations with the UVA Cancer Center and Brain, Data Science, and NanoStar Institutes, external institutions, industry, and federal agencies.

The Division provides clinical coverage for general and cardiac scintigraphy, SPECT, SPECT-CT, PET-CT, general nuclear medicine studies and radiopharmaceutical therapy. Educating medical students, residents and fellows in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology is a critical component of our core mission. The Department has a robust research infrastructure which includes a human PET CT dedicated for research, a trimodal animal PET and SPECT CT scanner, a radiochemistry facility to synthesize novel agents, and a cyclotron. The division has a dedicated Theranostics unit which is supported by a strong multidisciplinary care team complete with certified technologists, nurses, and a radiation safety team.

This position will come with protected academic time commensurate with expectation of scholarly productivity and extramural funding to support these activities. The individual will also participate in and oversee the physician peer review process for the Division, partner with the Health System staff to ensure optimization and monitoring of and education specific to radiation hygiene, handling of hazardous materials, safety processes, imaging and therapy protocols, quality control, and compliance with federal and accreditation agencies pertaining to nuclear medicine. Participation in multidisciplinary conferences and tumor boards is expected. This individual will also serve as the Authorized User for the Medical Center and help in determining if the use and application of new therapeutic agents and radiopharmaceuticals is justified. UVA is an NCI-Designated Cancer Center.

Candidates must have an MD (or equivalent) with board certification in Nuclear Radiology (ABR) or Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) or equivalent. Post-graduate professional experience in Nuclear Medicine including PET/CT, nuclear cardiology and Theranostics is expected. A proven record of garnering funding to support research, high-impact peer-reviewed publications, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and clinical excellence is preferable. The Division Chief will be expected to help us grow our clinical molecular imaging and theranostics programs and impact in these domains.

The Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging includes 52 Clinical Faculty, 14 Research Faculty, 47 Residents, and 25 Fellows/Clinical Instructors. The department focuses on the work-life balance of its faculty with a culture of collegiality. Join Our Faculty - UVA Radiology and Medical Imaging (

For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit This position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A completed pre-employment health screen is required for this position prior to employment.


Please apply through Workday, and search for R0047508. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV or Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three professional references

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Colin Derdeyn, Professor and Chair of Radiology, at Questions relating to the application process should be directed to Jeremy Brofft, Senior Recruiting Specialist,

The University of Virginia assists UVA faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about these services, please see The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Charlottesville, Virginia, is consistently ranked by media outlets as one of the best places in the United States to live, work and raise a family. This vibrant and enlightened small city is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has excellent public and private schools, diverse housing options and exceptional food, beverage, music, and art scenes. The University of Virginia is a top-5 nationally ranked public university and is renowned as one of the most beautiful college campuses in America. The Atlantic Ocean, Washington D.C. and Shenandoah National Park are each a short drive away. Charlottesville is also served by its own regional airport and Amtrak service. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

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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