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Research Project Leader (Materials Science)

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Job description:

  • conduct, follow-up and improve mechanical testing and irradiation programmes executed within different scientific research and commercial projects; including testing, evaluation, reporting and planning;
  • be able to work autonomously after a certain period of coaching and to independently carry out tasks in projects related to nuclear materials for Gen-II/III reactors;
  • take part in the dissemination of scientific knowledge, a/o by writing technical-scientific reports, presenting them to internal and external clients and contributing to scientific publications;
  • be willing to learn and fill potential knowledge gaps to reach the multi-disciplinary knowledge needed for the job.

Profile description:

  • master’s or PhD degree in Science, Materials science, Physics, Mechanical engineering or Metallurgy;
  • broad scientific interest and an analytical/critical mind;
  • experience in nuclear applications is a major asset;
  • multi-disciplinarity and knowledge of metallurgy, mechanical testing, fracture mechanics, microstructure, finite element modelling... are extra assets;
  • experience with Q/A procedures, quality plans and associated items is a bonus;
  • experience with computer applications such as Python, Origin, Ansys or MS-Project is an asset;
  • team spirit with good communication skills, within and beyond SCK CEN (international);
  • good working knowledge of MS-Office is obligatory;
  • fluent command of English, French and Dutch or willing to follow language courses where needed.


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We explore. Driven by our passion for science. Boosted by our unique infrastructure. We sound out the frontiers. We expand our knowledge in various nuclear areas. However many horizons we may explore, we always pursue the same objective: developing innovative applications for society.

Why work for us
At SCK CEN, we are on the forefront. By developing new knowledge and innovative applications, we move the line of what nuclear science can do for society. Each day, we are driven by a relentless ambition to build our expertise and achieve our goals. We are immersed in a world of unique technology, open discussion and discovery, together with other capable and curious minds.

SCK CEN works actively on the design and construction of a new multi-purpose research plant: MYRRHA (, which stands for Multi-purpose HYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications. MYRRHA is a versatile research infrastructure but above all, unique. It is the world’s first research reactor driven by a particle accelerator. The special feature of this unique configuration – Accelerator Driven System (ADS) – is the “subcritical” core of the reactor. The core does not have enough fissile material to spontaneously keep the chain reaction going.

So that’s why we have to build the most reliable super conducting high-power proton linac in the world. A linac can be designed with fewer interruptions in the beam’s proton flow than a cyclotron. While the accelerator will be almost 300 m long and reach 600 MeV proton beam energy in the final configuration, the first stage is limited to 100 MeV. This project part is called MINERVA and is in full development. It will allow the demonstration of the required reliability concepts and at the same time it will be used to deliver beam to users in two experimental irradiation facilities.

The aim is to be able to beam-commission the installation in 2027 so as to start with the development of innovative medical radioisotopes and perform fundamental research in physics. In the next phase, we will aim for an energy level of 600 MeV. In the third phase, the research reactor will be built. So we have a lot of work to do.

What we are looking for

Are you searching for a challenge that contributes to solving some of society’s most important issues, such as closing the nuclear fuel cycle, transforming the lives of cancer patients or conducting fundamental physics research? Don’t look any further and apply.

Mol, Brussels, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Nuclear, physics

Positions recently recruited for
We have recruited to a variety of positions in the accelerator field: vacuum engineers, power converter engineers, beam diagnostics engineers. We are now looking to recruit LLRF engineers, beam diagnostic engineers, supply chain manager and electrical engineers

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
+32 (0)14 33 83 09
Boeretang 200

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