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Job Code: 0864
Job Level: 71
Revised Date: 04/01/2020
Job Family: JF 05

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Occupational Summary

Provide cyclotron engineering expertise for reliable and efficient operation of four-particle positive ion CS-30 medical cyclotron, which provides radionuclide production for PET scanning, therapy, and research.

Work Performed

Perform a variety of technical electrical, electronic, computer, and mechanical tasks related to the installation, modification, operation, and maintenance of the CS-30 medical cyclotron, including its high-voltage power supplies, high vacuum system, RF systems, targetry systems, and other related equipment. Apply high degree of mechanical aptitude and skill to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair the cyclotron and its systems.

Independently tune and operate the CS-30 four particle medical cyclotron and target systems in a safe and reliable manner for radionuclide production runs.

Read circuit diagrams and repair various electronic equipment, including timing circuits, pulse generators, amplifiers, process controllers, power supplies, and many other circuits in the support of the cyclotron and its systems.

Work closely with nuclear medicine technologists to facilitate changes in patient schedule by altering radionuclide production deadlines to efficiently use required radiopharmaceuticals.

Perform tasks in the installation and maintenance of accelerator related systems, vacuum pumps, helium leak detectors, and cooling systems. Responsible for radiation safety equipment, security and equipment interlocks, compliance checks, and documentation in accordance Duke University and North Carolina regulatory policies.

Consult with personnel of similar cyclotrons, consultants, and equipment manufacturing firms to solve crisis problems, and to review new equipment and related installation and maintenance procedures.

Provide technical assistance in the design fabrication, and installation of new equipment, including the use of computer software for making technical drawings for system components and modifications.

Provide technical assistance to faculty and other researchers as requested. Train and observe new cyclotron operators until certification is complete.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires a bachelor's degree in Engineering or Physics and three years of accelerator experience;


Work requires an associate's degree in electronics, mechanical engineering, or related field and five or more years of accelerator experience.


None required beyond that described above.



Work requires familiarity with nuclear reactions, radiation safety, high-voltage and RF electrical systems, wide variety of mechanical systems, solid state and vacuum tube electronic devices, systems controls, pumps, motors, and high vacuum systems related to the installation, operation, and maintenance of scientific/technical equipment.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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