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Electromechanical Engineer - collector-station

Deadline: 01/02/2019
Reference: 546

Job description

SCK•CEN is developing the multi-purpose irradiation facility MYRRHA, a flexible fast spectrum research infrastructure conceived as an Accelerator Driven System (ADS). It consists of a 600 MeV proton linear accelerator (linac) which drives a lead-bismuth cooled sub-critical reactor. According to the MYRRHA phased implementation plan, a first facility will be constructed at SCK•CEN in Mol, composed of a 100 MeV proton linac coupled to a Proton Target Facility. This facility, contains an Isotope Separation On-Line (ISOL) target station for fundamental research and for the production of medical radioisotopes as well as a target station for fusion material research. In the ISOL facility, isotopes are produced in thick targets via proton-induced reactions, and delivered to experiments in the form of radioactive ion beams (RIB).

In the framework of this project, the Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems (ANS), is looking for an electromechanical engineer dedicated to the design of the isotopes collector station and the design of the yields station. The selected candidate will join the Proton Target Research (PTR) unit of the Accelerator Project (ACP) group.

As Electromechanical Engineer, you will be part of the ISOL team having the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Design of a “collector-station” connected to the ISOL system, where specific long-lived isotopes are being collected on a substrate;
  • Design of the transport system to bring the collected samples from the collector-station into a dedicated station (hot-cell/glove box/ shielded container) for further processing or shipment;
  • Connection of the collector station to the RIB-line of the ISOL system and auxiliary systems;
  • Design and construction of a prototype of the collector-station to properly test its functions;
  • Design and prototyping of a “yields-station” for the assessment of the performance of the ISOL system;
  • After the construction of the facility, you will be the responsible for the reliable functioning of the collector-station and yields-station and for the implementation of any requested adaptation according to the operating program.

Required qualifications

  • Master of Science in electromechanical engineering;
  • Experience with design and/or integration of systems under high vacuum;
  • Experience with design and/or operation of remote handled components and their manipulation in hot-cells;
  • Experience of working in a nuclear facility;
  • Experience/Knowledge in/of any of the following fields represents an added value:
    • Radioactive decay and spectroscopy;
    • Radiation monitoring;
    • Material science;
    • Radiochemistry;
  • Good communication and coordination skills;
  • Fluency in English (with the ability to draw-up technical specifications & reports and to make oral presentations). Knowledge of French or Dutch is an advantage;
  • Willing to travel abroad occasionally;


Should you have any questions, please contact Patricia Van Pottelbergh: +32 (0)14 33 25 82.

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