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Nuclear/Mechanical Thermal-Hydraulic Postdoctoral Research Associate

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 12, 2022
Reference Code: 18235
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.
Position Description
The Advanced Reactor Group in the Nuclear Science and Technology Division at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a Nuclear/Mechanical Thermal-Hydraulic Engineering Postdoctoral Research Associate. In this position, the research associate will apply engineering knowledge and expertise to assist in the design, analysis, and conduct of experiments to develop and establish an experimental test facility.
This postdoctoral researcher will focus on developing scaled thermal hydraulic test facilities. Technical tasks will focus on experimental and computational studies related to water cooled and gas cooled designs. The applicant is expected to be a versatile engineer who has extensive experience in experiment design, data acquisition and processing, and analytics. This position also requires proficiency in finite volume method (FVM)-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) along with proficiency in MATLAB, PYTHON, ABAQUS, FORTRAN, and C++.


- Ph.D. in nuclear/mechanical engineering, experience with thermal-hydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, or related disciplines must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years.
- Experience in thermal-hydraulic experiments, from design of the experiment to data-analytics.
- Experience with verification and validation methods of Thermal Hydraulic test facilities and system codes.
- Familiarity with MOOSE framework
Desired Qualifications
- Experience in FVM-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and simulation (e.g., ANSYS CFX, STAR-CCM+, FLUENT, OpenFOAM)
- Experience in the multi-physics modeling and simulation (e.g., COMSOL multi-physics)
- Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills (in English)
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
- Experience in delivering high-quality products on schedule
- Publish articles in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and present papers at national and international conferences and events.
*Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment
Equal Employment Opportunity:
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.
COVID Safety Protocols:
As a condition of employment, Idaho National Laboratory will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidates to comply with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable. If safety protocols evolve to include mandatory vaccinations, Idaho National Laboratory will require compliance with such vaccine mandates subject to applicable protections under State and Federal Law.
Idaho National Laboratory has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID - 19 as a condition of employment, unless exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable state or federal law. In accordance with Idaho National Laboratory's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.
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.
INL Overview:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is changing the world's energy future and securing our infrastructure! Join us - innovate the future!
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.
Benefits, Salary, and Relocation:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/. .
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 .
Other Information

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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.
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.

Contact: Thomas.Steele@inl.gov
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID ( 9X80's Schedule)
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.