Since 2016, SCK•CEN has launched a strategic program to produce medical radioisotopes and develop radiopharmaceuticals. As a researcher in target development you will be part of the Actinium team, implemented within the Radiochemistry group, which aims at producing Ac-225 for medical applications. You will be in charge of the design and production of a target that will be used for irradiations with intense beams of protons or photons to produce Ac-225. You will interact with the target station and target rig design team to implement a targetry system capable of irradiating large amounts of radium on a routine basis.
More specifically, your job includes the following aspects:
Design and implement the necessary equipment to produce radium targets suitable for proton or photon irradiation;
Ensure that target designs meet the safety requirements for irradiations of radium;
Autonomously and as part of a team perform and monitor scientific experimental research aimed at developing isotope production processes;
Work in the controlled area involving radioactive material, including glove boxes and hot cells;
Critically analyze, interpret and process the results in scientific reports, journals and presentations;
Present the research results during (international) meetings, symposia, and conferences;
Follow short (international) internships for acquiring the necessary expertise and knowledge related to innovative techniques;
Maintain your professional network and work jointly with various universities, research institutions and companies for current and future projects.