Full-time Academic Position, IKS-KU Leuven


"Interdisciplinary Research using Radioisotopes produced at ISOL@MYRRHA

and other Facilities"

A full-time academic position at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium is opened. The position covers the field of interdisciplinary research using radioisotopes, focusing on (but not limited to) the opportunities that could become available with the ISOL@MYRRHA facility. The successful candidate will become a staff member of the "Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica". The official announcement is posted on https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52450269 (click on ‘English version’) and at the end of this announcement.

At the "Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica" of KU Leuven, experimental research programs are performed in the fields of nuclear structure and reactions, fundamental interactions and condensed matter studies using nuclear-physics techniques. With the new position the institute wishes to extend its research portfolio to interdisciplinary research using radioisotopes. The institute has recently joined the Medicis program at CERN-ISOLDE where radioisotopes for medical research are under development and, with the new academic position, this activity will constitute an important aspect of the institute’s initial interdisciplinary research portfolio. The rationale behind this action resides, amongst others, is the fact that this activity will become an real asset of the future ISOL@MYRRHA facility. We envisage that the successful candidate further explores the opportunities for interdisciplinary research and develops an independent research program.

This is call has an application deadline of September 30, 2014. The position itself starts on October 1, 2015.

Informal enquires are welcomed and should be made to Professor Piet Van Duppen, head of the Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, KU Leuven (Belgium) (piet.vanduppen@fys.kuleuven.be tel.: +32 16 327272).

The position will be embedded in the Nuclear and Radiation Physics research unit of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven (http://fys.kuleuven.be/iks). The unit's nuclear physics research program covers a broad spectrum ranging from nuclear structure to nuclear reactions and fundamental interactions investigations, mainly executed at different international accelerator facilities (e.g. CERN, PSI, GANIL ...). Moreover, the research unit has a good track record of attracting highly talented PhD students and post-docs and provides a supportive work environment and laboratory infrastructure. In total typically about 35 PhD students and post-docs are active in the nuclear-physics research groups. The Faculty of Science has systematically been given a high ranking for the quality of its research and education by independent accreditation committees.

We are looking for internationally oriented, dynamic and motivated candidates (m/f) with an excellent research record in experimental nuclear physics and with educational competence within the field of physics. Candidates will develop, in synergy with the unit’s research activities, a research program in fundamental nuclear physics with a potentially interdisciplinary character via links to e.g. biophysics, medical research, atomic physics or material sciences. This particularly concerns the opportunities emerging with the construction of the ISOL@MYRRHA facility which is planned within the MYRRHA project in Mol, Belgium, as well as at other nuclear physics facilities such as MEDICIS at ISOLDE-CERN. In addition they will support and further expand national and international research collaborations of the department and will build up an independent team including the supervision of PhDs and post-docs, and the acquisition of financial resources.

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