PET Image Reconstruction & Quality Scientist (Intern)

Vernon Hills, IL

is currently hiring for our ADVANCE Internship Program

Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU) is proud to announce the launch of our 2020 ADVANCE internship program. Students will contribute at the forefront of innovation in medical imaging working alongside leading scientists and engineers as we develop and deliver the latest technology to our parent company Canon Medical Systems Corporation.

The ADVANCE Program is a structured program with goals and expectations designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience by participating in significant work projects. Students will take on assignments throughout the term related to CMRU project needs depending on their skills and interests. The goal of these activities is to make important contributions to CMRU programs while at the same time significantly advancing the student’s professional and personal development. The program runs either 12 weeks during the summer term or 26 weeks during the summer and fall terms. This is a full-time, 37.5 hours a week, paid internship.


CMRU is looking for a qualified intern to join our PET team and work alongside our Scientists and Engineers. The student will work on the physics and algorithm aspects of the PET image reconstruction chain for Canon’s PET scanners.


  • Learn how the PET image reconstruction process works.
  • Learn about the tools to generate realistic PET data.
  • Improve physical corrections in PET reconstruction, especially scatter corrections.
  • Work on image quality evaluation with other group members.
  • Summarize work in the form of reports and presentations.



The ideal candidate is a full-time student at an accredited college or university working towards a Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or related field, preferably within 1-2 years of graduation.

Experience & Key Competencies

  • Familiarity with medical imaging modalities, especially nuclear medicine (PET/SPECT).
  • Proficiency in C/C++ and MATLAB programming.
  • Skills
    • Ability to identify problems and find solutions quickly
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Organized and detail-orientated
    • Self-motivated to learn new things
    • Driven and hard-working
    • Ability to take direction and multi-task
    • Highly curious about how things work

Time Commitment

This is a full-time, temporary position that requires a commitment of 12 weeks (Term 1: Summer; longer preferred) and 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday onsite during regular business hours. The term can be adjusted somewhat to accommodate the academic calendar on an as needed basis.


  • Students must be working towards a Ph.D. degree.
  • Students must have taken several related courses in the field in which they will be assigned.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Students are responsible to secure their own housing. CMRU will provide a few housing options located nearby our offices.
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