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Nuclear Fuel Performance Postdoctoral Research Associate

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: November 22, 2020

Job Description:

Job Information

Job Title: Nuclear Fuel Performance Postdoctoral Research Associate
Org: Fuel Design and Development
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 Nuclear Fuel Performance Postdoctoral Research Associate will focus on establishing fuel performance for a wide range of fuel systems to support fission and fusion development needs. Work products are anticipated to be developing or refining approaches for setting fuel system performance limits, establishing new methods for comparison of models to a wide range of post irradiation exam data, and supporting experiment design based on fuel performance modeling. As a postdoc, the focus is on developing deep technical expertise essential to the success of complex experimental programs.

There are a several possible projects that require this skillset including contributing to:
design of accelerated irradiation testing experiments intended to enable rapid development of fuel performance models,
methodologies to set fuel performance limits for a range of micro and advanced reactor applications based on application of historical data to new designs,
design, analysis and sponsoring of irradiation testing experiments intended to probe the transient performance of nuclear fuel systems,
developing capabilities to analyze tritium evolution and transport for both molten salt and fusion fuel cycles, and
developing capabilities to model the transport of fission products in a range of fuel systems as part of ongoing fuel qualification programs.

Project selection will be based on candidate skillset and research interests with multiple positions available. Based on the nature of the projects, the candidate is expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team that is capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a larger multifunctional team. The position includes writing scientific manuscripts for journal publication, and presentation of research results at national and international conferences and meetings.



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Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or comparable discipline, must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years.
Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills,
Desired Skills
Familiarity with comparison of models to data, experience with post-irradiation examination data,
Thermo-mechanical modeling applying finite element or other numerical methods,
Development and implementation of constitutive models for material behavior (creep, swelling, diffusion, corrosion, ),
Computer code assessment, validation and uncertainty quantification by comparing code results to experimental results,
Familiarity with performance of mixed oxide, metallic, and/or TRISO fuel systems, especially the distinguishing traits in comparison to other fuel types is a plus, and
Familiarity with tritium management in molten salt or fusion fuel cycles is a plus.

Must be a US Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident. This position is subject to export control restrictions per the Department of Energy. For this reason, you must be either a US Citizen or a US Green Card holder to qualify for the job. However, the DOE and INL will review and approve the selected candidate post offer acceptance.

** Must be able to work in a culturally diverse work environment.**

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.

Motor Abilities: Fine motor control (hands), Repetitive work - intermittent.

Special Senses: Visually demanding work, Near vision, Speech discrimination.

Work Conditions: Stairs, Typing/keyboard, 8 Hrs/day, Working alone.

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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 information about the area, please visit www.visitidahofalls.com and www.visitidaho.org.

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