ISOL Technician

Proton Target Research

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.

In the framework of this project, the Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems (ANS), is looking for an "ISOL technician" to join the Proton Target Research (PTR) unit of the Accelerator Project (ACP) group.

As an ISOL technician, you will provide support for the installation, testing, commissioning, use and maintenance of a complex research facility, more specifically:

  • Plan, support and carry out the preparatory work for the installation of equipment (manual work and drawing up documents);

  • Install and operate electrical, electromagnetic and mechanical equipment (manual work and drawing up documents);

  • Offer technical support during the execution of experimental campaigns;

  • Test if the equipment works correctly and notify your supervisor of any identified problem(s);

  • Offer support in looking for the cause of problems and in improving the installation, particularly to increase its reliability;

  • Plan and carry out maintenance of the installation;

  • Interact closely with the mechanical workshop.

Required qualifications

  • An A2 degree in electrical engineering or electro-mechanics;

  • Experience in the following areas is necessary:

    • Installation, maintenance and adaptation of electrical installations/systems, both low or high voltage;

    • Installation, maintenance and adaptation of (electro-)mechanical systems;
    • Reading of wiring, mechanical diagrams and P&IDs;

  • Experience in one or several of the following areas is an asset:

    • Familiar with a research environment;

    • Vacuum technology;

    • Programmable robots;

    • Precision measurement systems;

    • Cooling systems;
  • A positive and dynamic attitude;

  • Capable of working on your own, you are flexible and organized, even in unforeseen circumstances;

  • A good understanding of technical documents in English;

  • Oral and written skills in English are a clear asset;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Van Pottelbergh Patricia
+32 (0)14 33 25 82