Opportunity Details

Department of Radiology

Radiological Sciences


Commensurate w/Experience

PET Quantitative Imaging Scientist

The Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St Louis invites applications from excellent Ph.D., D.Sc. and/or M.D. candidates for assistant/associate/full professor faculty position which could be research/tenure track or tenured position depend on the candidate experience and track record. Based on candidate experience, incentive start-up package will be offered.

We expect that the applicants will have a strong track record of publications and success in external funding. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a multi-disciplinary, rigorous team by collaborating with other investigators and supporting extramurally funded research projects/programs. The candidate is expected to have an advanced degree in biomedical engineering, mathematics, physics or a discipline relevant to PET quantitative imaging analytics with a minimum of 3 years of experience in academic institution or industry. The candidate is expected to have expertise in quantitative kinetic modeling using rigorous state-of-the-art approaches, such as those based on machine learning, including deep-learning-based methods, to analyze and interpret PET data for neurological, cardiovascular and oncologic applications. Experience with study design oriented to characterize selectivity, specific signal, tissue/plasma kinetics of novel PET tracers, experience is desired. The candidate is expected to have outstanding interpersonal skills necessary for working in a highly collaborative, cross-functional working environment and has an outstanding ability in mentoring students, postdoc and junior investigator, as well as leadership to build a rigorous team and collaborate with multiple PIs from different Centers within/out Washington University in Saint Louis.

The selected candidate will be a member of the Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center (PRTC) which includes ~30 faculty members and plus students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and clinical fellows with total more than 125 employees. Our Center focuses on the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals for imaging and theranostics applications, and advances in detection systems for pre-clinical and clinical applications. Available to the Center are outstanding research facilities, equipment and resources to facilitate translating these new technologies into clinical practice.


Eligible candidates will have Ph.D., D.Sc. and/or M.D. For each position, rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. It is expected that the applicants will have a strong track record of publications and success in external funding through grants and contracts. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a multi-disciplinary, rigorous, and extramurally funded research program interfacing with the MIR’s research Centers/Labs, translational imaging facilities and WUSM.


Interested candidates should apply through this website and include (1) a cover letter in PDF format addressed to Dr. Pamela Woodard, Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor and Head of Radiology; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research plans (approximately 2-3 pages); (4) a list of at least 3 references with telephone numbers and email addresses (references provided by senior applicants will not be contacted until the applicant has given permission).

Reviews of applications will begin Nov. 1, 2022. For academic or research related inquiries about the positions, please contact Dr. Zhude Tu, Director, Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center, at zhudetu@wustl.edu. For administrate questions, please contact Ms. Kim Whitling at whitlingk@wustl.edu. Upon receiving the application, interviews may take place and offers may be made based on the candidate schedule. The selection process is ongoing and will continue until all positions are filled. 

MIR is an international leader in leading-edge research. It is deeply committed to distinction in teaching and learning and excellence in research, being consistently ranked one of the top Diagnostic Radiology Departments for NIH funding. It has a highly productive, extensive and collaborative research program based on modern scientific disciplines. Faculty and students of MIR have access to world-class research support facilities including Center for High Performance Computing, Shared Data Storage, Central Neuroimaging Data Archive, Neuroimaging Informatics Analysis Center, Center for Clinical Imaging Research, Cyclotron Facility, MRI Facility and Pre-Clinical Imaging Facility. Pursuing highly interdisciplinary research, MIR offers unparalleled opportunities for collaborative research within the Department, with other WUSM departments, the Siteman Cancer Center, the Charles F. And Joanne Knight Alzheimer Disease Center, the Institute for Informatics, the McDonnell Genome Institute, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Additional details about MIR and its research environment can be found at https://www.mir.wustl.edu/research.

WUSM is a world class research intensive academic health center that is consistently ranked among the nation’s research-oriented medical schools. Additionally, it is nationally known for its attractive campus, which borders residential neighborhoods and one of the nation’s largest urban parks. St. Louis is consistently rated a Forbes most affordable city with vibrant music, food and park scene, and has one of the fastest growing start-up communities with impressive accelerator and incubator services available through the Biogenerator, Cambridge Innovation Center, and Cortex Innovation District. We encourage you to learn more on the WashU Faculty Opportunities website and at Why live in St. Louis? About St. Louis – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (wustl.edu)

Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology website: https://www.mir.wustl.edu 

Washington University provides faculty with generous benefits that include health, life and disability coverage, retirement and tuition assistance.  In addition to these competitive benefits, the university offers a variety of time off and quality-of-life programs. 

We are a diverse group and wholly encourage diversity to reflect the rich community in which we live and serve. We are committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

Zhude Tu, Ph.D.



No end date

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Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It is the university’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Washington University seeks an exceptionally qualified and diverse faculty; women, minorities, protected veterans and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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