Experimental program coordinator for MEDICIS and PRISMAP (SY-STI-RBS-2022-60-LD)

Geneva, Switzerland
13 Jun 2022
13 Jul 2022

Job Description


Are you willing to coordinate exciting experiments and new technical developments in mass separation of medical radionuclides?

MEDICIS separated its first radioisotope beams to dispatch implanted radionuclide sources to external research biomedical institutes in 2018. Since then, important breakthroughs in isotope mass separation techniques led to pioneer research experiments in the rising field of targeted therapies in nuclear medicine, culminating in a starting European consortium PRISMAP that federates the principal accelerator and neutron facilities producing non-conventional biomedical research radionuclides (medicis.cern, www.prismap.eu).

As MEDICIS and PRISMAP experimental program coordinator, you will join the Accelerator Systems Department (SY), which is responsible for the beam-related technical systems of the CERN accelerators. The SY teams design, build and operate equipment systems in all CERN accelerators, and are engaged in ambitious forward-looking R&D programmes.

MEDICIS is part of the CERN Accelerator Complex and receives more than 50% of the total CERN protons received from the PSBooster, to the leading nuclear physics facility ISOLDE. PRISMAP is a project managing a consortium of large-scale medical isotope facilities triggered by MEDICIS, and funded in the H2020 program of the European Commission.

You will be working within the STI Group, which holds a broad expertise on the interaction of beams with matter and applies its know-how to a large spectrum of activities including particle production, beam intercepting devices, studies on beam-matter interaction and nuclear engineering. You will be in the RBS Section, which manages the technical coordination of the infrastructures, develops the targets and ion sources for radioactive ion beam productions and manages a class A work sector for nuclear material handling.


As MEDICIS experimental program coordinator, you will:

  • Take an active role in the technical upgrades in the facility and implement the experimental program.
  • Elaborate the planning, monitor the progress and liaise with the external institutes receiving radionuclides for their research program, taking into consideration resources and operational constraints.
  • Liaise with the teams in charge of the operation, safety and the technical infrastructures.
  • In the PRISMAP coordination team, provide input on the MEDICIS program and technical capacity of the infrastructure with respect to requests and developments ongoing in PRISMAP.
  • Take part in the developments of the target - ion sources - units and technical infrastructures beyond Run 3 operation, addressing future needs of the Organization as they may arise.

As PRISMAP experimental program coordinator (technical manager), you will:

  • Participate in regular meetings and take an active part in the selection of user projects and overall planning of the isotope production across the consortium.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, nuclear materials, or radiochemistry or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in the field of radionuclide production and purification;
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of scientific collaborations or projects involving several institutes;
  • Keen interest in medical applications of radioisotopes;
  • Knowledge of the Isotope mass separation ISOL technique and operation of related facilities is an additional asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge and application of nuclear physics: ,in addition to nuclear chemistry.
  • Knowledge and application of biomedical physics: ,in addition to biomedical chemistry.
  • Simulation, design and development of beam sources: , in particular of target and ion beam sources for radioisotopes.
  • Operation and support of experimental facilities.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: producing comprehensive work / project plans taking into account resources and contingencies; dividing extensive work / projects into manageable sub-tasks with clearly defined milestones; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Communicating effectively: demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively; ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented; leveraging support networks across the Organization.
  • Working in teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities; cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Solving problems: recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture; testing solutions for long-term suitability, cross-checking with all concerned before implementation.
  • Working in the interest of the Organization: setting ambitious, challenging but realistic goals; being ready to take initiatives and calculated risks in the interest of CERN; focusing on the broader picture; being able to set aside individual or team needs in the interest of the Organization; promoting synergy and cooperation between the various parts of the Organization.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations
  • Basic knowledge of French language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.