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Medical Physicist (PET Imaging)

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,205 - £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
28 Feb 2024

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We are looking for an enthusiastic medical physicist to join our PET imaging team at King’s College London (KCL) & Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) PET Centre. The PET Centre is part of both King's College London's School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. 

We run a clinical PET service in parallel with an extensive programme of clinical research. Facilities currently include 2 cyclotrons, radiochemistry labs, 3 PET-CT scanners and a PET-MR scanner. 

The purpose of this post is to provide scientific, regulatory and technical expertise to support the operation and development of clinical and research PET scanning activities in the PET Centre, working as a member of a team of medical physicists.  

The department has just been awarded a £13 million grant from the Medical Research Council for a Total Body PET scanner as part of a new national PET research initiative. This will be an exciting time to join our team with ample opportunity to contribute to an ambitious programme developing the clinical and research capabilities of the department. 

Key roles will include participation in the medical physics scanning rota, development of clinical and research procedures, data processing and handling of PET-CT and PET-MR data, writing/documenting software tools and utilities, and providing radiation protection support to the department. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the extensive teaching program provided by the school. 

The successful candidate will ideally be a state registered clinical scientist, although we will consider candidates nearing the end of training. Starting salary will be subject to experience & qualifications. Ideally you will have some experience of working as a clinical scientist in a Nuclear Medicine department.  

You should be highly motivated, able to multi-task, work well within a team, and be keen to learn. The postholder will be expected to work on-site for the majority of the week. The position is in a friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary department, with opportunities for involvement in research projects.

This post will be offered as a permanent contract.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.


Key responsibilities

  • Take part in the medical physicist duty scanning rota, providing technical support and first line troubleshooting to the PET Centre routine scanning operation. 
  • Contribute to the routine medical physics activities in the PET Centre, including quality control testing and maintenance of medical devices. 
  • Provide general technical and software support necessary to enable the Centre to maintain and develop a first-class clinical service. 
  • Develop protocols and procedures for clinical scanning and incorporate recent advances in PET-CT, total body PET and PET-MR methodology into clinical practice. 
  • Ensure that new procedures are appropriately tested, validated, documented, and communicated to relevant groups. Contribute to the technical, scientific and regulatory aspects of setting up clinical research studies in PET-CT, total body PET and PET-MR, including defining scanning protocols for new tracers and studies, preparing applications for regulatory approval, resolving safety and radiation safety issues, and drafting systems of work. 
  • Provide ongoing support to researchers in performing studies including,  
  • writing software tools and utilities for data acquisition, transfer and analysis, developing documentation, and carrying out data processing procedures.  
  • Make presentations at technical meetings and scientific meetings both within the department and at scientific conferences and publish work in scientific journals. 
  • Take on duties concerning radiation protection and use of radioactive materials throughout the PET Centre including the cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities, as well as acting as a Radiation Protection Supervisor where and when needed. 
  • Ensure the PET Centre’s compliance with all relevant regulations including the Ionising Radiations Regulations and the Ionising Regulations (Medical Exposures) Regulations, Environment Agency permits, and the General Data Protection Regulations, for instance by performing related administrative tasks. 
  • Take part in teaching and training activities. 
  • Liaise with clinical, technical, administrative, and scientific staff and with clinical collaborators, industrial suppliers/collaborators, and representatives of regulatory bodies, communicating material of a specialist and complex nature clearly. 
  • Undertake other tasks and responsibilities appropriate to the position as necessary, including working flexible hours if required. 
  • The role will require the post holder to be physically on site for the majority of the working week. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  1. Good BSc in physics or similar appropriate subject 
  2. Knowledge of nuclear medicine technology, methodology, equipment, radiation safety procedures and current legislation, clinical and research applications and basic science 
  3. State registered Clinical Scientist (or equivalent qualification) or on route to attaining state registration 
  4. Ability to work to clinical and scientific deadlines 
  5. Ability to plan and prioritise workload

Desirable criteria

  1. State registered Clinical Scientist 
  2. MSc or other higher degree in medical physics or related subject 
  3. Extensive computing and programming knowledge/experience
  4. Experience as a medical physicist working in a Nuclear Medicine department
  5. Experience of providing technical, scientific and regulatory support to clinical and research PET studies 
  6. Experience of performing research projects

  Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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