Reactor Core Load Engineer/Reactor Physicist


Job description

SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. Every day, more than 750 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.
Reactor BR2 (Belgian Reactor 2) is amongst the most powerful and flexible research reactors in the world. BR2 plays an important role in international research into how materials behave in nuclear reactors. BR2 is responsible for 20 to 25% of the world’s annual production of the most important radioisotopes. On a weekly basis this can amount to 65% when the reactor is in operation. Doped silicon is produced by the irradiation of silicon, forming a high-grade semiconductor.

Ensure optimal core operation reactor core load management
- Develop the core loads of the world’s most all-round nuclear reactor
- Increase the availability of the reactor
- A Master's degree in Engineering or in Physics is required
- Contribute to a clean and safe future

Make the difference as a Reactor Physicist:
The number of operating days can be increased and work on a large reconversion programme that allows the reactor to be used on a broader scale, making increased isotope production possible.
To make this possible, we expect you:
- To see the core load management of the BR2 reactor as a challenge to achieve optimal irradiation conditions, taking into account safety regulations, fuel consumption and BR2 operations.

This includes:
- Carrying out reactor load calculations for the BR2 reactor cycles
- Preparing, executing and processing BR2 reactor measurements
- Attending to the daily observation of the BR2 reactor cycles and the follow-up of reactor load operations and reactor transients including incidents (SCRAMS);
-Participating in the execution of neutronic analyses of experiments, irradiation devices, reactor internals and fuel elements to support experimenters, commercial productions and BR2 operation;

- Determining the necessary design parameters to support project engineers in the development of new experiments/irradiation devices for BR2;
- Performing criticality studies for the storage of fissile material and performing safety studies;

Required qualifications

In order to meet this challenge we expect you:
- To have a Master's in Engineering (civil engineer) or a Master's in Physics. An additional Master's in Nuclear Engineering, knowledge of reactor physics, thermal hydraulics and programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, Matlab, C), are a major benefit;
- To have professional experience in a nuclear environment where you will have been involved in neutronic calculations (preferably MCN) and numerical codes (heat transfer/thermohydraulics);
- To have the following skills:meticulous/critical, conscientious/responsible, eager to learn/have a wide range of interests/be flexible, be able to work in a group/take the initiative
- To have language knowledge that is up-to-date, so that you have a good knowledge of English and Dutch and/or French.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Deben Frederik
+32 (0)14 33 25 72