Scientific Collaborator (m/f)


Mol, Belgium

SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. Every day, more than 700 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.

In the course of our work, there are three main research topics:

  • The safety of nuclear installations;
  • The well-considered management of radioactive waste;
  • Human and environmental protection against ionising radiation;

SCK•CEN collaborates with numerous research partners both at home and abroad. The work performed by SCK•CEN has a direct effect upon various aspects of our daily life. Besides our work as a research centre, we also organise training courses and offer specialist services including consultancy.

Our mission

As a foundation of public utility, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre conducts groundbreaking research into nuclear energy and ionising radiation for civilian use, and develops nuclear technologies for socially valuable purposes. We achieve this by means of independent, fundamental and applied research, and by providing advice, training, services and products.

Our vision

SCK•CEN aims to be a leading research institution and a centre of excellence at an international level. Driven by inspired scientists and engineers, in combination with a unique infrastructure, we aim to develop innovative technologies that provide solutions for the social issues and requirements in the field of nuclear energy and ionising radiation. Safety and durability are always the key priorities.


As a scientific collaborator, you will contribute to the research in fusion material and to the program for ITER and DEMO, aimed at characterization of the neutron irradiation effects in high heat flux materials and materials for high temperature applications.

More specifically, your function consists in the following:

  • carry out microstructural characterization of, by means of transmission electron and scanning electron microscope (with EBSD and EDX analyses), baseline and advanced fusion materials as well as new composites for DEMO applications;
  • contribute to and get the scientific publications and reports ready on your own;
  • follow-up of mechanical tests (including high temperature tests), carrying out of advanced data analysis of mechanical tests on fusion materials exposed to various fusion contexts (neutron irradiation, high temperature, thermal shock, ion irradiation…);
  • carry out advanced characterization of materials: thermal desorption spectroscopy, nano-indentation, nuclear reaction-analysis and X-ray spectroscopy;
  • assist in guiding Master and PhD students in the field of fusion. Initiate and monitor a Master's thesis, support the collaboration with external partners including the exchanges of staff/students and use of partners' facilities;
  • help maintaining contacts with existing and potential customers for running and future projects in relation to fusion research.


  • Master's degree in Engineering or PhD in Science or Applied Sciences, preferably in materials science;
  • experience in experimental research on fusion materials for the first wall is essential;
  • expertise in microstructural or mechanical research on fusion materials is an important asset;
  • scientific publications (A1) related to the study of fusion materials or the study of tungsten based materials are required;
  • knowledge of radiation protection is a strong added value;
  • being prepared to work in controlled areas;
  • organizational awareness and good writing skills;
  • being able to work independently and project-based within an international frame;
  • being enthusiastic and company-oriented;
  • good knowledge of office tools;
  • fluent in English, knowledge of French and Dutch is an asset.


  • A challenging and varied job;
  • Opportunities for self-development in an absorbing, international research environment;
  • Extensive training opportunities within and outside your area of expertise;
  • An attractive remuneration package with non-statutory benefits:
    • Hospital and group insurance;
    • Luncheon Vouchers;
    • Travel expenses;
    • Study and documentation expenses;
    • Medical benefits (annual check-up, flu vaccination, etc.);
    • Housing (more info);
    • Social activities (for example Saint Nicholas celebration, etc.);
    • Social funds issuing premiums for marriage, birth, etc.;
    • ...
  • Optimum work/leisure time coordination:
    • Flexible working hours;
    • Opportunities for reduced working hours;
    • Teleworking opportunities;
    • Sports and leisure facilities;
  • Attractive working environment:
    • Located in wooded area nearby a lake with swimming facilities;
    • Flexible office in our Brussels offices;
    • Comfortable canteen and Lakehouse hotel/restaurant;
    • Up-to-date IT and teleconferencing facilities;
    • Knowledge centre with extensive library;
  • Easily accessible:
    • Traffic jam free environment;
    • Carpooling system;
    • Good public transport connections;
    • Within cycling distance of the station;
    • Bus and taxi services to and from the station.
  • Extensive support at the start of employment:
  • Mentorship;
  • Introductory brochure;
  • Supervision plan;


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Should you have any questions, please contact Verbruggen Véronique: +32 14 33 25 79.

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