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Engineer exploring nuclear waste streams

  • obtaining data on metal candidates for melting
  • identifying and cataloguing radioactive metals, components, or structures from nuclear installations
  • compiling a database detailing quantities, production rates, and geographic distribution across different material groups.
  • market research, technical expertise and analytical mindset
  • temporary duration contract of 2 years
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Engineering

Join a groundbreaking initiative at the forefront of circular economy innovation in the decommissioning and dismantling (D&D) sector, namely the SMELD project.

The SMELD project is revolutionizing the reuse and recycling of metals within nuclear facilities. SMELD is pioneering cost-effective strategies for steel recycling, minimizing pre-melting decontamination and broadening acceptance criteria for melting facilities. By delivering proven technologies and predictable results, SMELD is contributing to a sustainable dismantling industry.

The project is structured around 2 primary pillars, each with distinct tasks and objectives. The first pillar emphasizes expanding our knowledge base through fundamental and industrial research. These activities are critical for optimizing metal recycling in D&D operations. The second pillar focuses on establishing cutting-edge R&D infrastructure, including a feasibility study to guide the development of an industrial-scale nuclear melting furnace, ensuring project continuity beyond 2026.

The current position within the DDW unit, will feed the 2 pillars of the SMELD project.  This challenging project aims to investigate the process of melting radioactive metals to enhance the circular economy (within or outside the nuclear sector) of metals used in the nuclear installations, thereby reducing the volume of metals to be disposed as nuclear waste. In this role, you will be responsible for providing input data and establishing an inventory of metallic materials  suitable for the melting process in nuclear. The inventory will target metals that are subject for free release, conditional release, or declassification. You'll collaborate closely with nuclear consultants and colleagues across various work packages within the project. Key responsibilities include:

  • obtaining data on metal candidates for melting, focusing primarily on BE, NL, FR, CH, SE, ES, IT, and DE
  • identifying and cataloguing radioactive metals, components, or structures from nuclear installations earmarked for melting, typically classified as cat A or cat B metal wastes
  • grouping materials based on physico-chemical and radiological characteristics, such as composition and contamination or activation source
  • compiling a database detailing quantities, production rates, and geographic distribution across different material groups. This database will be instrumental in advancing R&D in metal melting processes and nuclear waste management

To join this frontier, you'll need

  • diploma in one of the following fields: Industrial Sciences (Industrial Engineer), Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering
  • strong communication skills to liaise with utilities and gather information on inventory materials for metal melting from European countries
  • analytical mindset
  • market research expertise
  • technical expertise
  • strategic thinking
  • good reporting skills, both written and oral
  • organizing the quantity of information
  • knowledge of general IT applications
  • team player and willing to work in a multidisciplinary and international context

Deadline

Contact
Annik Stessens
annik.stessens [at] sckcen.be