Looking to the future, SCK•CEN's research focuses more and more on medical applications of radioactive radiation. The production and purification of new medical radioisotopes is central to this.
The radioisotopes are produced by irradiation of targets in our existing or future irradiation facilities. As a project leader in radiochemistry, you are in charge of the development and implementation of innovative chemical processes aimed at processing irradiated targets in order to produce purer medical radioisotopes. The whole process includes several steps, including solution, separation and precipitation. Coating techniques for target fabrication, such as electroplating, will also come under consideration.
As a project leader, you manage your research project in compliance with the set objectives, follow up on schedules and budgets and do the corresponding project reporting (project plan, progress reports, etc.).
More specifically, your job includes the following aspects:
- in a first stage, carry out critically important chemical experiments aimed at a proof of concept;
- ensure the implementation of innovative chemical process facilities in collaboration with the team;
- organise and follow up chemical experiments (solution, separation, precipitation,...) related to the test, validation and optimisation of the processes and facilities involved;
- ensure the implementation of analysis techniques and procedures related to the follow-up of experiments;
- critically analyse, interpret and process the results in scientific reports, journals and presentations;
- manage procedures and authorisation dossiers in accordance with the applicable guidelines and standards in order to guarantee safety and quality throughout the process;
- manage and coach a team of qualified collaborators;
- travel abroad (international) and follow short internships for acquiring the necessary expertise and knowledge related to innovative techniques;
- as an expert in this field, keep your specific knowledge and expertise up to date.