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Project Leader Research Myrrha (Fuel)

Deadline: 22/03/2019
Reference: 482
Duration: Permanent

Job description

Since its very start in 1952, SCKCEN has studied scientific and technical issues of the nuclear fuel cycle. During this history of nuclear fuel research, SCKCEN investigated innovative concepts for future developments, assisted the nuclear industry in their challenges to improve reliability, efficiency and safety of nuclear fuel and performed fundamental studies in close cooperation with the academic world.
Today, the nuclear fuel research resides under the group "Fuel Materials’ (FMA) of the Nuclear Materials Science institute (NMS). A team of researchers and project leaders performs studies on the nuclear fuel cycle, covering production, in-reactor performance and stability of the spent nuclear fuel.
Fuel research for MYRRHA focuses on licensing, demonstration of production and actualization of past research. SCKCEN has a long history of applied fuel and cladding research for the European Fast Reactors (SNR300, EFR) with many R&D projects between 1960 and 1990 in BR-2, but also in the French, German and UK reactors (Rhapsodie, Phénix, KNK, DFR).
MYRRHA is PbBi cooled, but has a fuel design derived from SNR300 and EFR. The operating conditions of MYRRHA are in many aspects similar, but there remain several gaps to be bridged. Although one can rely on past R&D, the challenges remain big: implementation of past findings in modern codes (e.g. the fuel codes MACROS and TRANSURANUS), actualization of fabrication processes for fuel and cladding, filling knowledge gaps (clad-coolant compatibility, fast transient tests on fuel segments) and preparing complete licensing files. The research is performed in close cooperation of the MYRRHA teams of SCKCEN and as part of various EU Framework Projects (MAXSIMA, MATTER, SEARCH, EUROTRANS).

As member of the Fuel Materials group, you will be responsible for the management of experimental research projects on nuclear fuel. These projects cover the entire fuel lifecycle: production, in-reactor behavior and spent fuel investigations.

In practice, this means that you will be responsible for:
- converting research needs into physically possible projects;
- act as project leader for various projects, i.e. coordinate research activities, ensure optimum use of personnel and infrastructure, responsible for planning and organisation, devise and manage the budget;
participate actively in the analysis of results;
- compile reports and other documentation (project plan, business plan, procedures, licensing file, etc.);
- maintain contact with potential and existing customers for current and new projects;
- identify and set up new projects within the framework of SCK•CEN's strategic plan;
- provide guidance and follow-up for processes, installations, personnel and products.

Nuclear research projects are generally one-of-a-kind, often involve materials that are difficult to handle and address technically challenging issues in a strongly regulated setting. This means that intensive interactions with the customer are needed to develop and fine tune the research approach. In the early stages of a project, the project leader uses his competence on materials, infrastructure and regulations to achieve the scientific & technological goals set by the customer. During project execution, she/he continues to follow both technical progress and financial evolution and contributes to the reporting thereof. Of course, the project leader can rely on business, legal and administrative support and technical experts. 


Required qualifications

Master’s Degree in engineering sciences or PhD in Sciences or Engineering Sciences, preferably with specialisation in material science or nuclear engineering;
excellent communication and management skills in order to manage a multi-disciplinary team and to work within an international environment;
experience in project management would be a major advantage;
enthusiastic and entrepreneurial spirit;
prepared to work in secure and controlled areas;
fluent in English, knowledge of French and/or German, knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch.

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Should you have any questions, please contact

Deben Frederik
+32 (0)14 33 25 72