Scientific collaborator and developer

Structural Materials

Job description

As a scientific collaborator, having a solid scientific and programming background, you will develop FEM tools to assist the research in fission and fusion materials, aimed at the characterization of neutron irradiation effects in various nuclear materials for structural, functional and armour applications. FEM will be used to develop a "virtual mechanical laboroty" to offer pre-programmed models to other users (colleagues on the floor as well as external clients) to enable analysis of the mechanical response after neutron irradiation for both standardized (for qualification) and non-standard configurations (pre-normative study, miniaturization). As an FEM tool developer, it will be your mission to integrate the meso-scopic physically-based models and establish a bridge between meso- and macro-scale. 

More specifically, your function consists in the following:

  • Develop FEM tools and relevant computational subroutines to carry out FEM calculations for different components for nuclear and/or fusion applications to assess the effect of neutron irradiation or other extreme agents on their mechanical properties or structural integrity;
  • Establish a bridge between meso- and macro-scale modelling;
  • Engage in mechanical testing (design and follow-up testing campaigns, rationalize results etc) in collaboration/guidence with experienced colleagues;
  • Contribute to the preparation of applications for external funding, and perform this action independently at the later stage
  • Produce scientific publications and reports ready on your own;
  • Initiate and guide Master and PhD thesis projects in the field of fission or fusion, support the collaboration with external partners including the exchanges of staff/students and use of partners’ facilities;

Required qualifications

  • PhD in Science or Applied Sciences
  • Strong background in Computational Materials Science;
  • Knowledge of either FEM software package;
  • Strong computer programming skills (Fortran, C++ or Python) is a requirement;
  • Understanding of multiscale modelling approach for assessment of mechanical properties ;
  • Understanding of irradiation effects and material's physics for nuclear applications;
  • Experience in crystal plasticity calculations is an added value
  • Scientific publications (A1) related to material's studies, publications addressing investigation of irradiation damage in materials is a strong advantage;
  • Organizational awareness and good writing skills;
  • Being able to work independently and project-based within an international frame;
  • Being enthusiastic, forward-thinking and company-oriented;
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of French and Dutch is a strong asset.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Verbruggen Véronique
+32 (0)14 33 25 79