C&CB is seeking an Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited) in Radiochemistry and/or Radiopharmaceutical Science

McMaster University, a world-leader in medical isotope and radiopharmaceutical research, invites applicants for a new faculty position in the general area of radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical sciences in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.  This is a three-year contractually limited faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.

The position will oversee an established radiopharmaceutical research program, which includes outstanding staff and infrastructure notably a dedicated high-level radiation research facility, cyclotron, nuclear reactor, and modern radiopharmaceutical research laboratories. The position is also designed to establish new avenues of independent medical isotope and radiopharmaceutical research.  

To apply, candidates must have completed a Ph.D. and at least one post-doctoral fellowship at a leading institution in an area of radiopharmaceutical sciences. This an ideal position for someone who is looking for a leadership role, a quick start to an academic career and who has the desire to help grow a comprehensive program spanning fundamental research and translation. 

Applicants must have a strong publication record in leading journals, have a track record of writing manuscripts and be excellent communicators with first-rate presentation skills. Experience in writing grants and training in a multidisciplinary research environment are regarded as valuable experiences. Involvement in mentoring graduate students and/or teaching and aspirations to build a leading program that spans discovery through to translation and application of new radiopharmaceuticals are highly desirable.  This faculty position will involve supervising graduate students, applying for grants and contributing to the broader university’s mission to be a world leader in teaching and research. 

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer groundbreaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World.  Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change. 

McMaster University has a strong commitment to achievin diversity among faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of our student body. The successful candidate will be committed to inclusion and excellence and the Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community. Women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons are strongly encouraged to apply. Gender diversity is being addressed at McMaster University through our policies and actions. One recent action in this area was the completion of a gender pay equity study and a resultant base salary adjustment applied to all female faculty members in July 2015.  

Faculty members at McMaster University enjoy numerous personal and professional benefits. University employees are offered an excellent benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, extended health care benefits, dental care, group life, long term disability, worldwide travel assistance, and a retirement plan. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty women and men who become parents or are needed to care for family members. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, and a 1-2 page summary highlighting their top 3 publications specifying the value of the research and their specific contributions. A one-page statement of teaching philosophy and a research plan in the form of a five page NSERC operating grant application describing work to be completed over the first three years of the position should be submitted, along with a statement on equity and diversity. Applications should indicate the names of at least two referees, who will be contacted only for those candidates invited for an in-person interview.

Complete applications must be made online at www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers (Faculty Positions, Job ID 21697) to the attention of: 
Dr. Gillian Goward, Professor &
Chair Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1
Review of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: 
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons.    Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-5259140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.     As part of the application process, you are invited to complete a brief diversity survey at the following link: https://surveys.mcmaster.ca/limesurvey/index.php/647714?lang=en.  The survey is voluntary. All information collected is confidential and will not be shared with the hiring manager. The results of the survey are for institutional planning purposes, and support our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.    Applicants are asked to describe, within their letter of application, their commitment to and demonstrated experience advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (stated above).    If you have any questions about the Survey, please feel free to contact the Employment Equity Specialist, by phone (905-525-9140 ext. 24395) or email (duwaisom@mcmaster.ca).  For additional information about McMaster University’s Employment Equity Framework, please visit the McMaster Employment Equity website.


CPDC Recieves Another Round of Significant Federal Funding

Hamilton, Ontario – July 30, 2018 – McMaster’s Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, which converts research on medical isotopes into new diagnostic tests and cancer treatments, has received a significant boost in the form of $10.5 million in federal funding.

Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan visited the university’s commercialization hub at McMaster Innovation Park to announce a total of $79.8 million in federal funding for five National Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research across the country, including McMaster’s CPDC.

“Today we are investing in science for healthier communities,” Duncan said. “The five research centres awarded today mobilize Canada’s best research, development and entrepreneurial talent to transform new discoveries into concrete products, services and processes to improve our lives.”

The four-year commitment to McMaster’s CPDC makes it the only National Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to receive three rounds of federal funding.

“We are grateful for this investment and proud to have this opportunity to prove that our discoveries can be scaled up to improve human health while also creating important, high-quality employment,” says Karen Mossman, McMaster’s acting Vice President, Research.

The federal funding, together with continuing funding from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and industrial partners, is expected to propel the CPDC through the critical next four years of its operation, which includes working with leading private sector and academic partners to develop and manufacture radiopharmaceuticals – an emerging class of diagnostic tests and treatments for diseases that include cancer and heart disorders.

“This funding is a welcome affirmation of the impact and quality of the work by the talented staff at the CPDC,” said CPDC founder John Valliant, a professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster. “The CPDC is attracting significant private-sector investment in Canadian science and creating new high-tech jobs while providing products that help patients every single day. This is possible because of the support of government, industry and McMaster itself, which promotes innovative research, education and commercialization.”

The CPDC, located on the west part of McMaster’s main campus, has created spinoff companies that include two in Hamilton: Fusion Pharmaceuticals and NuGeneris Inc.

Both companies will be co-located with the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at McMaster, and other emerging biotech commercialization initiatives, in an environment designed to facilitate mutual success.

The funding will be used to translate and commercialize new radiopharmaceuticals with particular emphasis on products developed from therapeutic medical isotopes. Through innovative local, national and international partnerships, and by creating learning opportunities for young entrepreneurs, CPDC will create new businesses and employment opportunities. By the end of the funding period, the aim is for CPDC and its spin out companies to support as many as 200 jobs.

Minister Duncan announced five grants, totaling $79.8 million, to be delivered through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. The five hubs are located in Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (C&CB) is continuing its search for a Laboratory Manager

Research Lab Manager Position

Apply to this position through McMaster Careers - Staff Job ID 21482

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) has historically operated its research program within the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) as stand-alone spaces that are the responsibility of a single principal investigator (PI).  Renovations to ABB research space will create new large open-concept research labs that will be shared among multiple research groups across two faculties (Science & Engineering) and will foster inter-disciplinary research.

Job Summary 

Optimize the efficient use of an open concept research space. Initiate procedures and policies in open-concept lab. Oversee the training in safety and SOP documentation and training in open concept labs. Maintain equipment and ensure the operation of safe and orderly working within shared spaces.  Assist in the design and construction components of renovation projects involving research in the department.

Purpose and Key Functions: 

  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term plans to ensure effective and efficient use of laboratory equipment and resources, in collaboration with Principle Investigators.
  • Participate in the strategic planning with leadership in the department in regards to the space.
  • Initiate procedures and policies in each open-concept lab.
  • Mentor and advise students and post-doctoral fellows in consultation with the researchers in the lab and in collaboration with their research supervisor.
  • Provide advice and guidance to others regarding the space and equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory space inventory and interact with other departments for required services to the building such as maintenance repairs, renovations, security, emergency responses.
  • Maintain a safe working environment in the integrated laboratories.
  • Develop and deliver safety training applicable to the shared lab space and equipment.
  • Review, maintain and monitor a variety of laboratory safety reports and training documentation.
  • Provide recommendations for best practices with regards to health and safety for the space.
  • Write a variety of documents including training procedures and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Interact with faculty members and other technical staff when seeking expertise in relation to equipment and research techniques.
  • Remain current with frequent advances and developments in research techniques and strategies. Participate in public relations activities on behalf of the integrated laboratories.
  • Negotiate with vendors and suppliers on purchasing and repairing materials and equipment for the facilities.
  • Troubleshoot issues related to equipment failure and contamination.
  • Schedule laboratory equipment for use.
  • Maintain the fixed asset inventory and develop replacement plans.
  • Make recommendations on the acquisition of new equipment and replacement of aging infrastructure.
  • Calibrate and maintain scientific equipment and instruments in accordance with prescribed requirements.
  • Perform minor equipment repairs and arrange for major repairs through supervisor or outside contractor.
  • Serve as the technical expert liaison for faculty and staff for interactions with internal university units  and with external engineering and architectural firms.
  • Assess deficiencies and provide solutions to ensure compliance with policies and procedures in the laboratory space
  • Exchange technical and scientific information with others.
  • Attend and participate in lab meetings.
  • Review architectural, electrical and mechanical drawings prior to and during construction and renovations to ensure requirements are being met.
  • Work closely with Project Managers or General Contractors to ensure construction is proceeding according to drawings. 
  • Ensure laboratory facilities, equipment, and area are in clean, safe working order.
  • Update, maintain, and verify inventory control of chemicals, media, and supplies.
  • Oversee the proper storage of materials and the appropriate disposal of waste for user lab groups.
  • Input, maintain, and verify information in a variety of databases and spreadsheets.
  • Provides functional guidance to others on an ongoing basis.  


  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Requires a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.




The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) has historically operated its research program within the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) as stand-alone spaces that are the responsibility of a single principal investigator (PI).  Renovations to ABB research space will create new large open-concept research labs that will be shared among multiple research groups across two faculties (Science & Engineering) and will foster inter-disciplinary research.

Elements at Mac


When you were at Mac, did you discover that you were in your element?
Be in your element and a part of the Arthur Bourns Building’s stunning new periodic table display in the lobby.

Elements: The Building Blocks of Life
There are cranes and construction crews on campus: the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) is currently under renovation. That means new labs and offices, new educational outreach opportunities and new learning spaces to leverage the exceptional faculty and students that inhabit these spaces.

For you, it’s an opportunity to make your mark on ABB.

  • Claim your favourite element on the periodic table for $1,000 

  • We double your gift and contribute $1,000 to match your donation

  • Your name will appear near the installation in ABB’s lobby

2019 is the Year of the Periodic Table
ABB’s new lobby will greet all who travel through it with a larger-than life 10x6 foot interactive periodic table display of the elements. A display of backlit boxes representing each element, each box will incorporate samples, objects, pictures and historical facts about the element.

Join us in this opportunity. What’s your element?

Now you just need to choose. Is your dream to (finally) be Iron Man? What’s your significant number? Do you share initials with an element?

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