Postdoctoral Appointee- Nuclear Engineer

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7074967 (Ref:409384)

Posted: February 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

A well-qualified candidate may be able to support a range of activities, including:

 

  • Develop computational strategies and computer codes to model the physics and engineering of advanced non-LWR nuclear reactors, such as sodium fast reactors.
  • Analyze the multi-physics aspects of nuclear fission reactors including neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, structural mechanics, and fuel behavior.
  • Investigate performance of nuclear fission reactors and contribute to optimization of reactor design.
  • Perform analyses associated with the assessment of reactor safety.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors, peers, and the Laboratory community through research reports, project presentations, and other regular channels.
  • Analyze data and document results in the form of monthly reports, progress reports to sponsors, and technical publications and presentations; prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, attend and make presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of pertinent literature.
  • Develop new ideas, concepts, and/or research proposals to contribute to programmatic growth.

The applicant will be expected to have:

  • Knowledge of nuclear engineering principles, theories, and practices for the design and analysis of reactor systems.
  • Knowledge of fluid flow, heat transfer, and reactor kinetics for nuclear system applications and reactor safety analyses.
  • Knowledge of computation methods and numerical solvers for engineering applications.
  • Skill in the conception, design, and evaluation of innovative approaches and solutions to quantitative problems.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork. 

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience in modern software engineering and programming
  • Experience with numerical methods and data structures in both compiled and interpreted languages such as Fortran, C/C++, and Python.
  • Knowledge of reactor transient and accident analysis methods and computational modeling of advanced (non-light water) reactor designs. 

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field at the Ph.D. degree level with zero to three years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical experience. 

This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned. 

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.



Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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