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Postdoctoral Researcher, Science (Visiting) (Russell Heath Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Company: Universities Space Research Association
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: August 30, 2020

Job Description:

8/26/2020 Postdoctoral Researcher, Science (Visiting) (Russell Heath Postdoctoral Fellowship) Tracking Code 1068-800 Job Description The Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), managed for Idaho National Laboratory by the Universities Space Research Association, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar for its prestigious Heath Fellowship, named for the late Idaho nuclear physicist, Russell Heath. The Heath Postdoctoral Fellowship ( recognizes and promotes excellence in research for scientists who are at least two years past their doctorate and have a strong publication record. The Heath Fellow is expected to define their own research directions and foci within the field of nuclear engineering for space. This announcement is contingent on final funding arrangements. The Heath Fellow will be in residence at the Center for Space Nuclear Research in Idaho Falls, and will be expected to take advantage of interactions with its scientists and those of the Nuclear Science and Technology and the Materials and Fuels Directorates at the nearby Idaho National Laboratory (INL) of the US Department of Energy ( The CSNR and the INL are active in the development of reactors for nuclear thermal propulsion, in reactors for providing power and heat for future lunar and Martian missions and in assuring continuing sources of Pu-238 to fuel radioisotope thermoelectric generators for robotic missions to Mars and the outer solar system. The successful applicant is expected to actively contribute to CSNR and INL's culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and community service. In addition to carrying out their own research programs, CSNR and INL staff and postdocs play an important role in supporting DOE, NASA and the nuclear engineering community. This support includes activities such as: supervising summer interns; involvement in education and outreach activities; contributing to focused workshops and conferences; and producing material of community interest for our website and newsletters Contributions in one or more of these areas is expected, and excellent communication skills are desirable. Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, or another nuclear energy-related field. Familiarity with the use of Serpent, MCNP, and/or SCALE would be very helpful. The candidate must be able to pass a detailed government background investigation and, due to security issues, citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries (see link under 'ECP Notices' at are not eligible. The Heath Fellow will be provided a competitive level of salary, research support, and travel support for two years. Travel to present research results at conferences and related meetings is expected Interested applicants should apply to the posting at and must submit a Curriculum Vita with list of publications, a two- to three-page statement of research interests and anticipated collaborations at the CSNR and INL, and a list of three professional references. The application deadline is September 20, 2020. This position is contingent on contract funding. Further information on current research and facilities at the CSNR and INL can be found through our website. USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. Job Location Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

Keywords: Universities Space Research Association, Idaho Falls , Postdoctoral Researcher, Science (Visiting) (Russell Heath Postdoctoral Fellowship), Other , Idaho Falls, Idaho

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