Beam Dynamics Physicist - 3 years

3 years

Job description

The Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK•CEN) leads the MYRRHA project, based on an Accelerator Driven System (ADS) dedicated to research on nuclear waste transmutation. MYRRHA comprises a proton linac, a spallation target and a reactor core. The accelerator must provide a 4 mA 600 MeV proton beam and the main challenge is to ensure an extreme level of reliability imposed by the reactor operation. Funded by the Belgian government, the first phase of MYRRHA was launched in 2016: it is dedicated to the design and construction of the first section of the accelerator (100 MeV linac) aiming at validating the accelerator design and reliability.  

In the framework of the MYRRHA project, SCK•CEN collaborates with CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in France on the design of the proton linac. In particular, LPSC (Laboratory of Subatomic Physics and Cosmology) in Grenoble develops innovative fault-tolerance concepts to maximize the reliability of the accelerator and is presently in charge, together with SCK•CEN, of the commissioning of the Low Energy Beam Transfer line (the first section of the MYRRHA injector)

SCK•CEN is recruiting an accelerator physicist, initially based at LPSC-Grenoble, to participate in the conceptual design of the MYRRHA linac, and more specifically to take in charge the beam dynamics aspects of the design. 

The Beam Dynamics Physicist will:

  • develop expertise in ion beam dynamics (protons) in linacs;
  • perform beam optics design and detailed simulations (including error studies) of the MYRRHA accelerator and its beam lines with a dedicated code (typically TraceWin);
  • participate in the development of a virtual accelerator application for MYRRHA;
  • work closely with the international team involved in this project;
  • ensure communication of results.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Physics/Engineering preferably with a PhD;
  • good knowledge in the field of particle accelerators and in particular in beam dynamics; experience and/or education in the field is an asset; willing to acquire a thorough and detailed knowledge in this field;
  • feeling for simulation and programming;
  • autonomy, flexibility, openness and proactive mindset;
  • ability to collaborate and to share information within an international multidisciplinary team and environment;
  • fluency in English, basic knowledge of French and/or Dutch is appreciated or willingness to learn the languages;
  • The position is initially based at LPSC in Grenoble (CNRS/IN2P3, Université Grenoble-Alpes), with stays to SCK•CEN (Mol or Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) required on a regular basis. At a later stage this position will be based at SCK•CEN in Louvain-la-Neuve with regular stays at LPSC Grenoble, IPN Orsay and/or CEA Saclay.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Belmans Evi
+32 (0)14 33 25 82