Detector/Systems Scientist (CT)

Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU) is a multi-modality R&D organization creating next-generation medical imaging 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).

Summary of Position

CMRU has an immediate opening for a Detector/System Scientist (entry or senior level) to participate research and development of Spectral-CT systems using Photon-Counting Detectors. Our research team investigates detector and system design, data acquisition methods and calibration algorithms. We build proof of concepts and prototypes and also publish certain research results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and evaluate new detectors for Photon-Counting CT through simulations, lab experiments and imaging-system level tests.
  • Develop and improve detector and system calibration algorithms.
  • Evaluate overall system performance and image quality.
  • General responsibilities include
    • Translate ideas into testable prototypes, product requirements and specifications in conjunction with engineers.
    • Document, present and review new ideas, research details and conclusions.
    • Collaborate on conference presentation, published articles and patents.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.


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


The ideal candidate will have more than three years related experience in detector or system development, preferably in a product development environment; academic or research settings will be considered as well. Direct experience in detector hardware and electronics, detector and system calibration, and knowledge of modern development and simulation tools are essential.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in medical imaging physics, radiation detectors and electronics.
  • Expertise in statistics, data analysis and Monte-Carlo simulation.
  • Familiar with detector testing instruments and ability to design, set up and carry out experiments.
  • Familiar with common programming languages and analytical software.


  • Ability to complete occasional domestic or international travel is required.


  • The position is at the Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL, USA. Vernon Hills is a suburb located about 35 miles northwest of Chicago.
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