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Gas Diffusion in Graphite and Thermophysical Postdoctoral Research Associate

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: December 19, 2022
Reference Code: 18889
The Characterization and Advanced Post Irradiation Examination Division at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking applicants to fill in a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for irradiated graphite characterization and thermophysical property analysis.
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 from fuel design, development, and fabrication through post irradiation analysis.
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to conduct hands-on research on gas diffusion in various grades of oxidized and irradiated graphite using advanced methods involving quadruple mass spectrometry coupled with thermal analysis tools, e.g. differential scanning calorimetry/differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetric analysis (DSC/DTA-TGA). The postdoctoral researcher also will support programmatic missions involving thermophysical property analysis such as density, thermal diffusivity/conductivity, specific heat, thermal expansion etc. Specific programs supported by this position may include nuclear fuels and structural materials post irradiation characterization, fuel qualification, novel forms of nuclear fuel development etc. Familiarity with quadruple mass spectrometry (QMS) is required. Expertise in graphite and thermal analysis instrument is preferred.
The candidate is expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team and work effectively both alone and as a team member. The candidate must be self-motivated but also take direction from other team members and peers.
• Perform hands-on research on gas diffusion studies in graphite using a customized quadruple mass spectrometer set up (50%)
• Perform hands-on research on thermophysical analysis tools for irradiated nuclear fuels and materials (20%)
• Summarize and publicize research accomplishments through technical reports, peer reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences (20%)
• Prepare, submit, and be awarded original research grants to internal and external funding sources
• Interacts with other disciplines, project support groups, subcontractors, vendors, and clients as appropriate on an assigned projects to achieve successful outcomes
• Provides creative and scientific solutions to a wide range of complex, and/or difficult problems in the area of materials sciences and nuclear fuels
Minimum Requirements:
• PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years • Possession of a doctoral degree in Materials Science, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or closely aligned field from an accredited college or university.
• Demonstrated experience in mass spectrometry.
• Ability to be a strong team player and effectively organize and lead tasks.
• Demonstrated oral and published written communication in skills in English language.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 90,900.00
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
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 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO 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.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
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Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.