Nuclear Power Plant

Fission Products Chemist

Company: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Post Date: 2/20/2018 4:14 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 Fission Products Chemist role 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 purpose of this position is to support the increasing demand for a chemist with an advanced degree and 5 to 10 years’ experience.  The incumbent must have a demonstrated ability to attract R&D funding from commercial and federal organizations.  The position is essential to maintain CNL’s expertise and meet the S&T needs for Small Modular Reactor designs over the next 3 to 5-year period.


The Fission Products Chemist fulfils the role of contract officer for CANDU Owners Group (COG), commercial and base-funded projects and participates in experiment and conceptual apparatus design, data analysis and interpretation in the areas of:

  • Propose innovative research proposals to address customer needs;
  • Resolves complex multi-disciplinary problems;
  • Influences company’s strategic technical direction of the fission products release research program;
  • Support the establishment of a state-of-the-art research program in fission products release;
  • Fission-product release, transport and deposition experiments;
  • Fuel deformation experiments;
  • Development, maintenance and validation for fission-product release and transport computer codes (e.g., SOPHAEROS);
  • Writes and reviews deliverable documents related to work packages listed above and other related fields;
  • Participates in international collaborative research programs in the nuclear safety area; and
  • Participates in writing and review of procedural documents for laboratories and hot-cell experiments.


Essential skills

Ph.D. in Chemistry 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 5 to 10 years of experience in experimental fission product chemistry or related discipline is required.
  • A demonstrated leadership role through list of publications and the number of completed innovative S&T in the discipline is required.
  • Direct experience with hot cell experiments is beneficial.
  • Experience with the experimental aspects of nuclear fuel irradiations and interpretation of the results is desirable.
  • A strong command of the English language, both written and oral, is required for this position. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter who enjoys working with a team of experimental chemists and fission product release professionals and technologists.


A strong background in one or more of the following disciplines is required:

  • High temperature nuclear fuel behavior;
  • Physical- or thermo-chemistry of fuel;
  • Gamma spectrometry;
  • Fussuibable materials behavior at high temperatures; and
  • Experience with hot cell experiments, or fission products behavior experiments.

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