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Nuclear Design Engineer

  • define the requirements for hot cells
  • contribute to the design of the vacuum system
  • master of Science in nuclear engineering
  • professional experience in a nuclear facility
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Are you ready to design & build our proton target facility?

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 MYRRHA’s 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 (MINERVA project). This facility contains an Isotope Separation On-Line (ISOL) target station for fundamental research and for the production of medical radioisotopes as well as a target station for fusion material research.
Within the scope this project, the MINERVA Design & Build institute (MDB) is looking for a Nuclear Design Engineer to join the MINERVA target facilities (MTF) group, which is responsible for designing and building the Proton Target Facility (PTF), which houses the ISOL system, and the Fusion Target Station (FTS) for the irradiation of fusion-relevant materials.
You will work within the MTF team and have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • defining the requirements for the design and operation of hot cells, closely interacting with target module and remote handling engineers
  • defining the requirements and coordinating the design of target flow supporting infrastructure such as (hot) labs, testing and conditioning stations
  • being in charge of the conceptual and detailed design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the storage system for the facility’s spent targets
  • contributing to the design and integration of the vacuum system
  • assisting in designing the system for storing radioactive gases before their release
  • in collaboration with the teams responsible for the shielding and activation calculations and for the design of the building and conventional systems, providing input and contributing to the design of the shielding structures of the facility
  • contributing to the integration of the PTF systems and managing the different interfaces with other systems, teams and groups, including the requirements in terms of the maintenance of the various ISOL components and systems
  • providing the input requested for facility licensing

To join this frontier, you'll need

  • a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering or a similar discipline;
  • professional experience within a nuclear facility and experience with designing vacuum systems
  • experience with the design and/or operation of remote-handled components/systems and their actual handling in hot cells
  • good knowledge of handling nuclear waste and experience with the design and/or operation of hot cells
  • the ability to draw up technical specifications and reports in English
  • experience with 3D modelling environments and with producing P&IDs and technical drawings
  • good communication and coordination skills
  • eager to learn and able to work independently
  • pragmatic, result-driven and project-oriented


Tomas Sergooris
tomas.sergooris [at]