Post-Doctoral Fellow in Radioactive Ion Beam Production Research at Cern Medicis KU Leuven, aculty of Science, Institute of Nuclear and Radiation Physics Belgium


Last modification : Wednesday, April 25, 2018


The KU Leuven Institute of Nuclear and Radiation Physics (IKS) specialises in the production and use of radioactive ion beams for the study of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions, as well as the use of radioisotopes and radiation as probes for the study of solid state materials and of fundamental symmetries at the low-energy particle level. The Interdisciplinary Research Group is expanding this research into new domains, including the production of novel medical radioisotopes with the isotope separation online (ISOL) technique. Research is performed at the CERN ISOLDE and MEDICIS facilities, as well as at the SCK•CEN, Belgian’s national nuclear research centre located in Mol. The research outputs are part of larger collaborations including radiochemistry, radiopharmacy, and research hospital partners locally (UZ Leuven, UZ Brussel, UZ Ghent) and at the European and international levels (e.g. MEDICIS-Promed, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne, National Physical Laboratory UK).


Within the IKS Interdisciplinary Research Group, you will share your responsibilities along two main lines.


First, you will carry out research in the production and purification of radioactive isotopes with the ISOL technique. The needs of the medical community being different than those of fundamental research require to rethink the process from fundamental principles. To that end, you will develop new protocols or techniques, or refine the existing approach, to improve the accessibility of the ISOL technique towards its use in medical applications. Your approach will be innovative and at the forefront of the field of the research.


Secondly, as the MEDICIS Run Coordinator, you will be responsible for scheduling the target irradiation and isotope separation in the Facility. You will liaise with the ISOLDE Physics Coordinator and the MEDICIS Collaboration members (for instance radiochemistry and biomedical research groups) who will receive the isotopes. The CERN MEDICIS facility starts operating in 2018.


We are looking for a motivated post-doc researcher with a background in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, nuclear materials, or radiochemistry, and with a keen interest in medical applications of radioisotopes. You are interested in joining an international team of researchers at the cutting edge of science and technology. You have a critical mind and you hold a PhD degree in nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, material science, or equivalent. Knowledge of radioactive ion beam research and/or isotope separation online (ISOL) is a bonus.


We offer a 18-month post-doc position to be carried out at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where the MEDICIS facility is located. You will be given the opportunity to carry out your research independently, have coordination responsibilities within a large international research network, supervise master and/or PhD students, and disseminate your results in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and at international events.


CERN is Europe’s laboratory for particle physics, home to the Large Hadron Collider and many more facilities like ISOLDE and MEDICIS, and hosts more than 12,000 scientists and engineers from all over the world. KU Leuven is a major participant in experiments at ISOLDE and in the MEDICIS facility.



For more information please contact Prof. dr. Thomas Elias Cocolios, tel.: +32 16 32 31 16, mail: or Prof. dr. Piet Van Duppen, tel.: +32 16 32 72 72, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than May 25, 2018 via the online application tool

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