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Nuclear Materials Postdoctoral Research Associate

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Job Description:

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Job Information

Job Title: Nuclear Materials Postdoctoral Research Associate
Org: Advanced Characterization
Contact: Thomas.Steele@inl.gov
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80's)
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Mission/Vision Statement

Empowering the Nation's Energy Future

Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.
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Equal Employment Opportunity
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Responsibilities

The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research associate working in the Advanced Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) and Characterization Division at the Materials and Fuels complex of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for DOE-NE, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuels and materials from design, manufacturing, testing to post irradiation analysis.

The Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL) is the newest nuclear energy research facility at the Idaho National Laboratory s (INL) Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). This unique 12,000 square foot facility incorporates many features designed to allow researchers to safely and efficiently prepare and conduct microstructural level investigations on materials of reactor core components and nuclear fuels.

The postdoctoral research associate will perform independent research in the IMCL and other facilities at MFC on reactor structural materials and nuclear fuels. The postdoctoral research associate will be mentored by senior scientists and have access to unique instrumentation and facilities that will allow high quality, impactful research and publications.

The appointment will be funded through INL s Laboratory Directed Research and Development program. The main focus of this appointment involves the fundamental understanding of irradiation effects in metallic fuels and materials, and the development of advanced materials in reactor environments.

Functions
Perform original and high-impact research.
Summarize and publicize research accomplishments through peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences
Assist research scientists in summation and publication of research gathered within Advanced Characterization Department
Apply original research grants to internal and external funding sources
Interact with other disciplines, project support groups, subcontractors, vendors and clients as appropriate on an assigned projects to achieve successful outcomes.
Provide imaginative, thorough scientific solutions to a wide range of complex, ambiguous, and/or difficult problems in the area of materials sciences and nuclear fuels.

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Required Skills:
PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years in Material Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or closely aligned field.
Demonstrated expertise (through peer reviewed journals) in materials research relevant to nuclear reactor application.
Expertise in advanced characterization techniques using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB), atom probe tomography (APT), and small-scale mechanical testing.
Excellent publication record in peer reviewed journals.
Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills in English language
Successful record of writing and being awarded research grants
Ability to be a strong team player and effectively organize and lead tasks.
Relevant experience working in a research laboratory environment

Preferred Skills:
Expertise in positron annihilation spectroscopy.
Data-driven techniques in materials research.


Selective Service Requirements


To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see www.sss.gov.


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Employee Job Functions


Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Walking prolonged, Twisting, Standing prolonged, Applying torque (arms), Bending/stooping, Repetitive work, Fine motor control (hands), Visually demanding work, Speech discrimination, Audio alarms, Depth perception, Hazardous chemical/waste, stairs, radiation work, 8 Hrs/day,Overtime/irregular hours, Working alone, Typing/keyboard
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Please Apply Before: November 20, 2020

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Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

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Other Information

When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

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INL Overview

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

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The Idaho Falls Area

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more

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