Detector Scientist

Vernon Hills, IL

Summary of Position

Canon Medical Research USA has an immediate opening for a Detector Scientist (entry or senior level) to participate research and development of detector systems for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) or X-ray Computed Tomography (CT). Our research group investigates detector and system design, data acquisition methods and calibration algorithms. We publish research and also build proof of concepts and product-ready prototypes.


  • Develop and refine new detector system designs.
  • Translate ideas into testable prototypes, product requirements and specifications in conjunction with engineers.
  • Conduct simulations, lab experiments and imaging-system level tests in order to understand the impact of detector, signal processing electronics and calibration methods.
  • Document, present and review new ideas, research details and conclusions.
  • Collaborate on conference presentation, published articles and patents.



Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics, Engineering Physics, Medical Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent.

Skills and Abilities

  • Expertise in radiation physics, photodetectors, electronics and Monte-Carlo simulation.
  • Familiar with detector testing instruments. Ability to design, set up and carry out experiments.
  • Familiar with common programming languages and analytical software.
  • Ability to read, interpret and write scientific and technical documents.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to work in group and to report concisely and clearly to management.
  • Experience in Digital PET or Spectral CT is a plus.
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