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Thermal Hydraulics Analysis Postdoctoral Research Associate

Battelle Energy Alliance

This is a Full-time position in Idaho Falls, ID posted June 9, 2021.

Description

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.


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Position Description

The Thermal Hydraulics Analysis & Engineering Postdoctoral Research Associate will focus on developing and validating complex models for reactor and experiment simulations. Work products are anticipated to be developing or refining approaches for developing and qualifying advanced reactor technologies and supporting experiment design based on thermal hydraulic and energy conversion performance modeling. As a postdoctoral researcher, the focus is on developing deep technical expertise essential to the success of complex experimental programs.

There are a several possible projects that require this skillset including contributing to:
* model development of complex thermal hydraulic systems;
* methodologies to set fuel performance limits for a range of micro and advanced reactor applications based on application of historical data to new designs;
* design, analysis and sponsoring of irradiation testing experiments intended to probe the transient performance of nuclear systems; and
* Apply modern best estimate plus uncertainty (BEPU), uncertainty quantification (UQ), and sensitivity analysis (SA) techniques.

Project selection will be based on candidate skillset and research interests with multiple positions available. Based on the nature of the projects, the candidate is expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team that is capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a larger multifunctional team. The position includes writing scientific manuscripts for journal publication, and presentation of research results at national and international conferences and meetings.

Qualifications

Required:

* Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or comparable discipline; must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years.
* Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills.

Desired Skills

* familiarity with comparison of models to experimental data;
* experience with experiment design;
* thermo-mechanical modeling applying finite element or other numerical methods;
* knowledge of a system code such as RELAP5-3D and TRACE;
* knowledge of experiment scaling theory (such as for example Dynamic System Scaling (DSS), representativity or Physical Coverage Mapping (PCM));
* computer code assessment, validation and uncertainty quantification by comparing code results to experimental results.

Must be a US Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident. This position is subject to export control restrictions per the Department of Energy. For this reason, you must be either a US Citizen or a US Green Card holder to qualify for the job. DOE and INL will review and approve the selected candidate post offer acceptance.

**Must be able to work in a culturally diverse 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.

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:The Idaho Falls Area


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, 1959must 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 seewww.sss.gov.

Contact: …@inl.gov
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (IRC 9X80’sSchedule)

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