Mechanical Engineer (Accelerator Integrator)

21 Mar 2022
10 Jun 2022

We are ready to design build our accelerator. Are you?

Together with a large team of ambitious engineers and researchers, SCK CEN wants to develop new medical radioisotopes to treat cancer patients and solve the nuclear waste issue by means of the MYRRHA project. The MYRRHA project’s first phase (start of commissioning scheduled for 2026) consists of a proton accelerator with one of a kind reliability and two target facilities with which research can be performed into radioisotopes, radioactive ion beam physics and nuclear fusion reactor materials. The subsequent phases extend the accelerator to drive a sub-critical reactor intended to proof the concept of nuclear waste transmutation (start of commissioning scheduled for 2040). To help us achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for an accelerator integration coordinator.

  • be responsible for coordinating the mechanical integration of the different accelerator components including the beam line elements as well as the related utility rooms and accelerator labs
  • be responsible for providing the required input to the facility design on subjects such as EMI, cooling, HVAC and alignment
  • lead the design and development of the girders and support systems, including alignment strategy
  • be responsible for the alignment of all beam line elements during installation
  • ensure a coherent, complete and up-to-date 3D CAD model of the accelerator is available with the support of the components experts, external companies and collaboration partners
  • technically support and follow up the procurement and production of the girders and support systems
  • interacting with engineers of interfacing systems to develop those interfaces
  • define and manage the required integration data such as rack lists, cabling lists and alignment standards
  • ensure a smooth transfer of the injector beam line installed in Louvain-La-Neuve to its final location in Mol with help of the technical colleagues
  • report to the accelerator group leader

To join this frontier, you'll need

  • have a Master’s degree in mechatronics -, mechanical -,  electrical engineering or equivalent
  • have 5 years of experience as an engineer
  • experience in the integration of complex machines which have a strong interaction with its facilities is considered a strong asset
  • experience in high accuracy alignment across large distances is an additional strong asset
  • experience in systems engineering is an additional asset
  • experience with CAD modeling is an additional asset
  • experience with particle accelerator facilities is an additional asset (not compulsory)
  • be able to express yourself fluently in English (orally and in writing);
  • be able to communicate easily with people from different (non-)engineering disciplines
  • work in Mol but also visit our office in Louvain-la-Neuve on a regular basis
  • be willing to travel in the context of international collaborations and supplier follow-up
  • be a self-managing team player with an eye for detail and a structured work approach

A job with SCK CEN means:

  • a chance to advance society
  • growing beyond your limits
  • being part of something bigger
  • excellent work-life balance
  • market conform salary
  • excellent social security (see


Tomas Sergooris
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