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Fuel R&D Scientist - Molten Salt Fuel Expertise

Company: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Post Date: 2/20/2018 4:12 PM
Location: Chalk RIver, Canada Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: Projected End Date:
Job Description
KeySource Thomas Thor has been engaged by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to fill the Fuel R&D Scientist role to support the Fuel Development Branch at their Chalk River Laboratories in the upper Ottawa Valley.  CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, serving Canada as an enabler of business innovation and technology transfer.  While viewed as a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology, and engineering, CNL is committed to ensuring that Canadians and the world receive energy, health, and environmental benefits from nuclear science and technology.

Role description

The Fuel Development Branch develops technologies for fabrication of advanced nuclear fuels, measures fuel material properties, fabricates and irradiates fuels in research reactors, and conducts post-irradiation examinations to study the fuel performance characteristics.
The activities of the Fuel Post Irradiation Examination Section include the measurement of irradiated fuel parameters and the development of novel techniques to assess fuel performance. These activities are required to support the development of advanced fuel materials, evaluate performance, inform safety evaluations, and increase confidence in new fuel designs. Tasks are multi-disciplinary, and include interfacing with staff from: Fuel Fabrication S&T group, Recycle Fuel Fabrication Laboratory (RFFL), hot-cells, physics, thermal hydraulics, safety, analytical chemistry, surface science group, etc.

Responsibilities

The Fuel R&D Scientist will report to the Fuel Post Irradiation Examination Section Head, and have the following responsibilities:
  • Work in teams of professionals and technologists specializing in post irradiation examination of fuel and fuel performance assessment;
  • Provide direction and insights into strategic development of capabilities for Light Water Reactor Post Irradiation Examination;
  • Participate in the development of processes to measure fuel performance parameters;
  • Conduct post-irradiation studies of nuclear fuels and develops processes for post-irradiation examination of fuels;
  • Develop processes to characterize non-irradiated and irradiated fuel materials and components;
  • Work effectively on multiple projects in parallel;
  • Perform in-depth data analysis and prepare documentation;
  • Write technical reports and publish in open-literature high-caliber journals;
  • Provide progress reports against deliverables for R&D and commercial projects;
  • Communicate with stakeholders and contribute to technical peer reviewed publications;
  • Contribute to R&D planning and provide technical review and definition of work scope;
  • Provide direction to teams of scientists, business development staff, and technical personnel;
  • Contribute to the safe post irradiation examination of nuclear fuel;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Branch Manager or Section Head.
Essential skills
  • PhD in Engineering or Science from a university of recognized standing, or membership in an engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualification for membership in that organization;
  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience in the fields of Science, Technology, or Engineering;
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in Light Water Reactor fuel;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in Light Water Reactor Post Irradiation Examination;
  • Strong knowledge of nuclear fuel, fuel characterization, fuel performance, and related topics;
  • Strong background in the field of fuel performance assessment;
  • Experience in fuel performance or fuel properties modeling is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical and strategic reports;
  • Knowledge of safety standards and quality assurance in laboratory operations is essential; · Strong computer and documentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise scientific and technical staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to present work to expert and non-expert audiences;
  • Experience with proposal preparation, budget management, project activity planning and coordination;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal are essential.
 
 

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