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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 256560-AS
Work type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time, Faculty-Part Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional Category

Job Summary:

The Department of Radiology is seeking a Clinical Nuclear Medicine Physicist to join as CHS Track faculty.


50% Conduct independent, grant-funded research in developing, implementing, and validating advanced image analysis methods for PET/CT, PET/MR, and SPECT/CT. Use artificial intelligence (AI)-based methods in automating or improving data acquisition, image reconstruction, image processing or analysis, computer-aided diagnosis, data-science-based interpretation, natural language processing of radiology reports, or other similar areas.
1. Apply for, and obtain, extramural funding to support research projects focusing on PET/CT, PET/MR, and/or SPECT/CT imaging.
2. Collaborate with other UW faculty and scientists in the Departments of Radiology, investigators in departments and schools across campus, and industrial partners in research focused on molecular imaging, machine learning, radiomics, informatics, and nuclear medicine image generation/analysis.
3. Attend scientific conferences and meetings to present scientific research results, moderate sessions, and participate on committees and in working groups.
4. Write and submit manuscripts to professional journals describing results of research projects.
5. Mentor and conduct research with graduate students, post-docs, and scientists.
6. Participate in UW Machine Learning for Medical Imaging (ML4MI) activities and meetings.
7. Work with others in establishing successful collaborations with industrial partners including GE Healthcare, Change Healthcare, Flywheel, and others.

40% Provide clinical physics support to the UW PET Imaging Center and UW Health Nuclear Medicine section.
1. Establish and oversee a nuclear medicine quality assurance (QA) program in accordance with society guidelines, manufacturer recommendations, and accrediting bodies? requirements.
2. Maintain board certification in nuclear medicine physics through continuing education activities.
3. Help establish and support a UW Theranostics program. Work with a team of clinicians, technologists, and physicists to develop and implement theranostics imaging and radiation dosimetry protocols for clinical and research studies.
4. Perform annual surveys and acceptance testing for PET, SPECT, and other nuclear medicine instruments. Participate in the ACR accreditation process.
5. Provide physics support for nuclear medicine-focused clinical trials, including preparatory activities such as custom calibrations for scanners/instruments.
6. Troubleshoot clinical issues on the scanner such as identifying and ameliorating image artifacts and other problems affecting clinical image quality or quantitative accuracy.
7. Help support and train physicians and technologists in nuclear medicine image analysis software (e.g., MIM, Mirada, Cedars QPS, etc.). Help develop custom image analysis workflows for clinical or research needs.
8. Assist in developing and implementing new clinical and research imaging protocols, including optimization of acquisition and reconstruction settings.
9. Serve as a local expert for colleagues in the Department of Radiology seeking guidance regarding developing, implementing, or evaluating PET/CT, PET/MR, and SPECT/CT imaging.
10. Assist in addressing additional nuclear medicine clinical support or research support needs, as directed by the Chief of the Imaging Sciences Section.

10% Teach and train graduate students, postdocs, and residents.
1. Teach a course on nuclear medicine physics to nuclear medicine residents and fellows.
2. Help teach faculty, scientists, fellows, residents, and graduate students the principles of artificial intelligence.
3. Serve as the nuclear medicine physics mentor for the CAMPEP-accredited UW Imaging Physics Residency Program. Educate residents on principles of nuclear medicine physics. Train residents to perform annual surveys and instrument testing.
4. Provide educational lectures at international conferences and at venues external to the department and the university.
5. Train graduate students and mentees on proper handling of radioactive materials.
6. Help educate and train technologists about the technical principles of nuclear medicine imaging.

The candidate must have at least 5 years of post-PhD experience in Medical Physics or a related field and have experience in leading research studies related to molecular imaging and nuclear medicine image analysis. The candidate must have experience in the use of artificial intelligence-based methods for image analysis and have experience in obtaining research funding from the NIH, industry, or other funding agencies. The candidate must have experience in supporting an ACR-accredited clinical nuclear medicine program through instrument testing, protocol development, and radiation dosimetry for radiopharmaceutical therapy. The candidate must be board certified in nuclear medicine physics and qualified to perform annual surveys and acceptance testing on nuclear medicine scanners and instruments. The candidate must have experience collaborating with clinical teams, research teams, and industry partners. Excellent communication skills are needed for interacting with a variety of personnel including technologists, radiologists, residents, fellows, and researchers.

The UW Department of Radiology encourages, values, and supports innovation and translation of our discoveries into clinical practice. We attract scholars and students from around the world. Madison is the state's capital city with a population of over 254,000, and offers an ideal combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural events, outstanding schools, and so much more.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal degree
Ph.D. in Physics, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely-related field


Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation certification by the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (ABSNM), or similar certifying body.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

SEPTEMBER 01, 2022


ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

The UW Department of Radiology provides excellence in patient care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change, accountable for outcomes, and attentive to the needs of underserved populations. We are dedicated to sharing our clinical expertise through regional outreach to the people of Wisconsin and their healthcare providers. We provide an environment for education of our trainees, staff, and healthcare professionals through scholarly conferences and continuing education programs. We improve human health by developing innovative imaging technology through basic and translational research in collaboration with colleagues at UW-Madison and beyond. We support the Wisconsin Idea to improve people's lives beyond our walls by collaborating with industry to translate new technology into daily clinical practice. We support the economic development of Wisconsin and the financial wellbeing of UW Health. We recruit and develop dedicated faculty and healthcare professionals who inspire their co-workers and students to pursue lifelong learning, research discovery, service to their community, and clinical excellence.

The department will not be able to support a request for a J-1 waiver. If you chose to pursue a waiver and apply for our position, neither the UW nor UWMF will reimburse you for your legal or waiver fees.

The Community: Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted the #1 Best Place to Live (Livability, 2021), #1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019), #1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020), #7 Best City for STEM Professionals (CEO World, 2020), #2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020), #2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020), #4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020), #4 Greenest City in the US (Zippia, 2020), #1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020), #1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children ( 2020), and #1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019).

Madison's technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, and Lands' End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings in the arts.

The city has a dedicated athletics fan base which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include Ironman, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

How to Apply:

To ensure full consideration, please apply by May 24, 2022. The position will remain open and applicants may be considered until the position is filled. Applications must be received through our online UW application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.

Interested candidates are required to use the online UW Job Application system to submit the following:
-Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
-A cover letter describing 1) your interest in this position, 2) what you would bring to the Department of Radiology, 3) how the Department could contribute to your career, and 4) how you would contribute to the Department's mission to foster an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace.
-List of contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Melissa Kuester
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Professor (CHS)(IC014) or Associate Professor (CHS)(IC015) or Assistant Professor (CHS)(IC016)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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