Laboratory technician - 4 years

4 years
Low-level Radioactivity Measurements

Job description

Sampling and preparation of samples in accordance with the applicable procedures:

  • follow up and, if necessary, adjust the work planning to take and prepare samples, taking into account all the specific prior condition;
  • follow up the daily work in the laboratory to guarantee a smooth and efficient work;
  • take samples of, for instance, grass, soil, surface water, rainwater and food at different locations in Belgium;
  • prepare samples by using various frequent laboratory techniques such as acidification, calcination, dilution, lyophilisation, radiochemical separations, preconcentration, …;
  • take samples and prepare them in case of a nuclear incident in accordance with the procedures;
  • register samples and preparation parameters in the LIMS;
  • follow up the order and cleanliness in the laboratories and the sampling vehicles;
  • follow up the maintenance and calibration planning of the laboratory equipment;
  • problem solving of sampling equipment outside of SCK•CEN domain;
  • Practical implementation of sampling equipment on new locations;
  • Select the adequate methods/equipment to take new samples or optimise existing samples;
  • follow up and control measurement results for the monitoring programme of the authorities.

Upgrade and develop laboratory procedures:

  • adapt the working practices to ISO standards or new requirements (e.g. by using preconcentration techniques for achieving lower detection limits in nuclear measurements) taking into account the environment management system;
  • research on various sample preparation techniques based on their impact on radioactivity analysis;
  • draw up working instructions for sampling and sample preparation which use newly purchased measuring equipment;
  • contribute to the laboratory’s good practices.

Required qualifications

  • Professional Bachelor’s degree in a technical subject (chemistry, biomedical laboratory technology, agro-biotech, electromechanics or electronics);
  • you have your driving license;
  • you are ready to take part in an overtime duty in the Low-level Radioactivity Measurements laboratory after a training period;
  • you have a good knowledge of the main office tools (MS Office, mainly Word, Excel and Access);
  • a good knowledge of Dutch and basic knowledge of English and French is an asset;
  • showing good skills in technical aspects required by the function is a significant asset;
  • you are able to work on your own or as part of a team;
  • you are immune to stress;
  • you can plan and organize well and you have an eye for the consequences on your teammates;
  • you are able to set the example in a team and to bring it to good team results;
  • you are punctual in terms of planning and procedures with an eye on order and cleanliness;
  • you are ready to be flexible in terms of leave, etc. so the operation of the laboratory can be guaranteed.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Craninx An-Sofie
+32 (0)14 33 25 84