Head of the Radiochemical Analyses Unit (m/f)


Job description

SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. Every day, more than 700 employees dedicate themselves to developing peaceful applications of radioactivity. Our developments have already resulted in a long list of innovative and forward-looking applications for the medical world, industry and the energy sector. We are renowned for our expertise world-wide.

As Head of the Unit you are responsible for the scientific, service-oriented and administrative direction and management of the Radiochemical Analyses (RCA) group:

  • managing the analysis services and analysis-related developments of the radiochemical analyses group;

  • developing and coordinating the analytical strategies of both chemical and radiochemical analyses according to the needs of the various SCK•CEN projects and institutes, in consultation with the scientific personnel;

  • ensuring the financial management of the unit, including setting analysis rates, taking into account the budget allocated;

  • formulating proposals to improve the quality of the analysis services and to allow them to evolve in line with new developments in state-of-the-art analysis techniques;

  • striving for a higher level of efficiency of the laboratories and analysis periods;

  • maintaining and extending the accreditation of the analysis services in accordance with the SCK•CEN QA system;

  • pursuing an expansion of the customer base and maintaining good relations with customers;

  • acting as a guarantee for the national and international recognition of the unit;

  • editing and reviewing analysis, contract and scientific reports;

  • managing the logistics of the laboratories;

  • managing human resources and HR policy within the unit and coordinating the work performed by personnel;

  • executing various assignments in close collaboration with the HOTLAB manager.

Required qualifications

  • a PhD in Science or Industrial Sciences or equivalent, specialising in chemistry;

  • experience in leading analysis services and projects;

  • knowledge of analytical techniques;

  • knowledge of specificity of analytical techniques in a nuclear environment is an advantage;

  • driven to apply high international standards in chemical analysis;

  • driven to implement state-of-the-art methodologies and techniques for chemical analyses and nuclearised applications;

  • customer-friendly and commercially oriented;

  • analytical and synthetic thinking skills;

  • good communication skills and an ability to conduct international contacts with ease;

  • good people management skills and the ability to motivate when managing personnel;

  • adapted knowledge of Dutch, English and French.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Rosez Maïté
+32 (0)14 33 22 01