Detector Scientist (PET & CT)

Vernon Hills (Chicago), IL

Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU) is a multi-modality R&D organization creating next-generation medical imaging systems. It is equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation, prototyping, hardware labs and scientific computing facilities in order to perform research targeted to pre-clinical and clinical CT, PET, MRI, and X-ray systems. For those who like to develop new technologies and research new ways of using them, Canon is a rewarding place to work, due to its focus on innovation as the lifeblood of new products.

CMRU is committed to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique in an atmosphere that promotes work/life balance and celebrates individual and collective achievement. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, education, research and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our organization and the scientific and engineering community at large.

CMRU offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE).


CMRU has an immediate opening for a Detector Scientist to participate in the research and development of detector solutions for CT and PET scanners. Our research team investigates system and detector design, data acquisition methods and calibration algorithms.


  • Carry out detector development with experiments and modeling, characterize detector performance through benchtop or in-system tests, optimize the detector design to achieve better system performance.
  • Develop and improve calibration and data processing algorithms.
  • Translate ideas into testable prototypes, product requirements and specifications in conjunction with engineers.
  • Document, present and review new ideas, research details and present conclusions.
  • Collaborate on conference presentations, published articles and patents.



  • Ph.D. in the relevant area of specialization (Physics, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, nuclear Engineering or the equivalent).


  • Accumulated related detector development experience through Ph.D. training or past work.
  • Direct experience in semiconductor detector or gamma camera are preferred.
  • Direct experience in CT or PET development is a plus.

Key Competencies

  • Expertise in radiation detection physics.
  • Expertise in calibration and data processing.
  • Experience in detector system modeling and optimization.
  • Familiar with testing hardware, ability to design, set-up and carry out experiments.
  • Familiar with common programming languages and analytical software.


  • Ability to complete domestic and international travel (up to 10% of time)
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