Electrical Engineer

Balance of Plant

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.

The Accelerator Design & Tests unit assures the design of the MYRRHA linear accelerator (LINAC). As accelerators are always unique in design and applications, the design covers the total scientific community of accelerators. Hence the design is executed together with a lot of European partners. The unit operates as well an ion source that has been installed at the UCL Accelerator hall and that will become the first component of the MYRRHA accelerator.

The Balance of Plant design unit is fully dedicated to the MYRRHA project and executes the design of all systems except the primary system. The unit designs: secondary and tertiary heat removal systems, all buildings, HVAC, adequate shielding and ALARA. Next to typical nuclear aspects such as radiation protection, confinement, shielding, nuclear HVAC, … all conventional engineering disciplines and aspects are involved: process unit operations, piping, equipment, instrumentation, electricity, industrial safety, …


As an electrical engineer, you will:

Familiarize yourself with the current design of the accelerator and proton target facility (fi. MV, LV, UPS, diesel generator, power quality, EMC, …) and the history of the design

Develop a more in-depth knowledge of the approach and requirements in the area of nuclear safety;

Gather the top level requirements of the installation (accelerator, proton targets, balance of plant, nuclear safety, security, sustainability, redundancy, back-up power, ...) that are related to the electrical systems;

Complete the requirements per system (functional and technical specifications);

Develop a conceptual design of the electrical systems for the proton target facility (feasibility analyses, design descriptions, one-line diagrams, lightning protection and grounding concept, …), in coherence with the conceptual design that has been made for the accelerator;

Ensure the compatibility of the electrical systems and their distribution with all structures, systems and components and other design aspects such as safety, radioprotection and environmental impacts;

Support the integration team and providing input to the 3D modeller(s);

Draft the technical procurement files for the hiring of an external engineering company that will develop the basic and detailed design, in-line with the procurement that is currently being finalized for the hiring of an engineering company for the accelerator;

Follow-up the external engineering companies during the basic and detailed design phases;

Follow-up the construction and commissioning of the installation;

Contribute to the complete conceptual BOP design.

Required qualifications

Diploma of master in applied sciences (MsC.) and engineering (Civil engineer, MsC. sciences in engineering) in electrical or electro-mechanical engineering, or equivalent by experience;

At least 10 years of experience in designing the electrical systems of large projects (mainly conceptual and basic design);

Experience with nuclear (and/or chemical / pharmaceutical) electrical systems is a plus;

Experience with calculations codes and applicable (nuclear) standards;

Understanding of the interaction between electrical systems and other BOP systems;

Knowledge about nuclear energy applications and in particular accelerators and/or target facilities is a considerable plus;

Knowledge about the instrumentation and control of systems is a plus;

Experience with public tendering is a plus;


Should you have any questions, please contact

Deben Frederik
+32 (0)14 33 25 72