Coordinator of the experimental program for MEDICIS and PRISMAP working with CERN

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Are you ready to coordinate exciting experiments and new technical developments in the field of mass separation of medical radionuclides?

MEDICIS separated its first radioisotope beams to send implanted radionuclide sources to external biomedical research institutes in 2018. Since then, major breakthroughs in isotope mass separation techniques have led to research experiments pioneers in the booming field of targeted therapies in nuclear medicine, resulting in a European start-up PRISMAP consortium which brings together the main accelerators and neutron facilities producing unconventional biomedical research radionuclides (,

As coordinator of the experimental programs MEDICIS and PRISMAP, you will integrate the Accelerator systems (SY), which is responsible for the technical systems related to the CERN accelerator beams. SY teams design, build and operate the equipment systems for all CERN accelerators and are engaged in ambitious and forward-looking R&D programs.

MEDICIS is part of the CERN accelerator complex and receives more than 50% of the total CERN protons received from the PSBooster, to the main nuclear physics facility ISOLDE. PRISMAP is a project managing a consortium of large-scale medical isotope facilities triggered by MEDICIS and funded under the European Commission’s H2020 programme.

You will work within the ITS Group, which has extensive expertise on the interaction of beams with matter and applies its know-how to a wide spectrum of activities including particle production, beam intercepting devices, studies on beam- materials and nuclear engineering. You will be in the RBS sectionwhich manages the technical coordination of the infrastructures, develops the targets and the ion sources for the production of radioactive ion beams and manages a class A work sector for the handling of nuclear materials.


As coordinator of the MEDICIS experimental program, you:

  • Actively participate in technical upgrades of the facility and implement the experimental program.
  • Develop planning, monitor progress and liaise with external institutes receiving radionuclides for their research program, taking into account resources and operational constraints.
  • Liaise with the teams in charge of operations, security and technical infrastructure.
  • Within the PRISMAP coordination team, provide input on the MEDICIS program and the technical capacity of the infrastructure in relation to requests and ongoing developments in PRISMAP.
  • Participate in the developments of the target – ion sources – units and technical infrastructure beyond the exploitation of Run 3, meeting the future needs of the Organization as they arise.

As coordinator of the PRISMAP experimental program (technical manager), you:

  • Participate in regular meetings and take an active part in the selection of user projects and the overall planning of isotope production across the consortium.


Masters or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, nuclear materials or radiochemistry or related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in the field of production and purification of radionuclides;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing scientific collaborations or projects involving several institutes;
  • Keen interest in the medical applications of radioisotopes;
  • Knowledge of the ISOL isotope mass separation technique and the operation of related facilities is an added advantage.

Technical skills :

  • Knowledge and application of nuclear physics: in addition to nuclear chemistry.
  • Knowledge and application of biomedical physics: in addition to biomedical chemistry.
  • Simulation, design and development of beam sources: , in particular target and ion beam sources for radioisotopes.
  • Operation and support of experimental facilities.

Behavioral skills:

  • Achieve results: produce comprehensive work/project plans taking into account resources and contingencies; break down major work/projects into manageable sub-tasks with clearly defined milestones; have a structured and organized approach to work; be able to establish priorities and plan tasks according to the results.
  • Communicate effectively: demonstrate a proactive approach to resolving disputes; address issues of conflict constructively; ensure that information, procedures and decisions are properly documented; leverage support networks across the organization.
  • Work in a team: work well in a group and integrate easily into a team; participate fully and play an active role in team activities; cooperate constructively with others in pursuit of team goals; balance personal goals with team goals.
  • Solve problems: recognize what is essential; distinguish between important and peripheral information and be able to see the big picture; test solutions for long-term suitability, cross-check with all relevant parties before implementation.
  • Work in the interest of the Organization: set ambitious, demanding but realistic objectives; be ready to take initiatives and calculated risks in the interest of CERN; focus on the bigger picture; be able to put aside individual or team needs in the interest of the Organization; promote synergy and cooperation between different parts of the Organization.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to write technical specifications and/or scientific reports and make oral presentations
  • Basic knowledge of the French language or commitment to acquire it quickly.

Further information

Eligibility and Closing Date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN’s mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This position will be filled as soon as possible and applications should normally reach us no later than 12:00 CET on July 11, 2022.

Conditions of employment

Type of contract: Fixed-term contract (5 years). Under certain conditions, holders of fixed-term contracts can apply for a permanent position.

These functions require:

  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Night work, Sundays and public holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Availability service, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Position rating: 6-7

Position reference: SY-STI-RBS-2022-60-LD

Reference job title: Applied Physicist

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