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Researcher Social Sciences and Humanities

SCK-CEN | Mol | Fixed-term, Full-time

Published on 6 days ago

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.

Researcher Social Sciences and Humanities

Job description

Are you passionate about transdisciplinary research on science and society?  Are eager to contribute to sustainability and responsible innovation? Does the nuclear field appeal to you as a fascinating domain for developing research on participatory risk governance? Then you might be the person we are looking for.

Our “Nuclear Science and Technology Studies” research group (NST) is hiring a new social scientist or humanities researcher.  This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a multidisciplinary team with unique expertise. We play a leading role in several national and international research projects that address social and ethical aspects of nuclear technologies with the aim of improving the governance of ionizing radiation risks. The NST research team is situated in the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN.


Your work will consist of:

  • Developing knowledge and research on social and ethical implications of radioactive waste governance, sustainability issues, and decommissioning.
  • Supporting NST colleagues with on-going research related to radiological protection, advanced nuclear technologies and decommissioning; and the coordination of social sciences and humanities in ionizing radiation research.
  • Reaching out to, and collaborating with, different stakeholders in and outside of SCK•CEN, including civil society organizations, decision makers, and members of Belgian and European research platforms.
  • Writing competitive research proposals and applying for national and international research funding.
  • Widely disseminating research to scientific and broader audiences, organizing national and international workshops and conferences, and initiating education and training activities on radioactive waste governance and related issues.


  • You have a Master or PhD in Social Sciences or Humanities (for example science and technology studies, sociology, history, economics, media studies, anthropology).
  • You have a track record of scientific publications.
  • You have strong interest and/or expertise in radioactive waste governance and participatory processes.
  • You are experienced with qualitative social science research methodologies.
  • You have strong organizational and networking skills.
  • You are a team player and eager to work in a multi- and transdisciplinary environment.
  • You have good communication and reporting skills (oral and written)
  • Knowledge and expertise with sustainability theories and practices is a plus.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and mixed methods is a plus.
  • Knowledge of English, French and Dutch.


  • 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;
  • Located in wooded area to ensure you a traffic jam free environment.

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  • Function type: Humanities researcher
  • Sector: Science and Research
  • Mol (location)
  • All jobs at SCK-CEN


  • Master (University or Higher Education Long Type)
  • Dutch, French, English


  • Fixed-term
  • Full-time

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