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R&D Associate Staff Member, Irradiated Nuclear Fuel Characterization

Date: Jan 11, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4735 

The ORNL Nuclear Fuel Element Performance Group is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join their research team to support design and execution of methods for advanced characterization of irradiated nuclear fuel materials. A successful candidate will leverage their existing expertise in behavior of nuclear fuels to develop novel concepts for irradiation testing and post irradiation examination. Relevant areas of expertise may include lower length scale microscopy, mechanical or thermophysical property measurement, fuel performance modeling, or other applicable areas. A major focus of this position will be development of new approaches to postirradiation examination to facilitate isolation and study of specific mechanisms relevant to fuel performance. Fuel forms of interest include conventional ceramic and metal compositions as well as coated particle and dispersion fuel variants for a range of applications. Scientific output will be a primary emphasis throughout these activities. The selected individual will function as a component in a much larger team comprised of staff from numerous organizations to design, field, and analyze irradiation experiments; strong communication and interpersonal skills will be essential.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:


The selected candidate will:


  • Perform experimental work in hot-cells and radiological materials laboratories centered on fuel performance characterization of fresh and irradiated nuclear fuel which may include the fabrication of various nuclear fuel compositions including metals, ceramics, and composites
  • Utilize expertise in nuclear fuel performance to design, execute, and analyze new approaches to irradiation and post irradiation examination
  • Work with a diverse team of experts in modeling, property measurement, irradiation design, post irradiation examination, and other relevant areas to advance science-based understanding of nuclear fuels and actinide materials
  • Produce high impact publications and conference presentations in the field of nuclear fuel materials
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Perform work according to specific rules and requirements for quality assurance, nuclear material control, radiological work, and general laboratory safety
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Qualifications Required:


  • PhD in chemistry, materials science, nuclear engineering, or a related field with two years of post-graduate experience
  • Strong background in nuclear materials science with a focus on nuclear fuel materials and performance as evidenced by prior work and publications
  • Superior written and oral communications skills
  • Capability to successfully function both independently as well as in small and moderate size teams
  • This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.



This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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