Particle Fuel Post Irradiation Examination Lead

Particle Fuel Post Irradiation Examination Lead

  • Oak Ridge, United States
Particle Fuel Post Irradiation Examination Lead
Job description

Requisition Id 9898


Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Particle Fuel Forms (PFF) Group in the Nuclear Fuel Development (NFD) Section within the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division is seeking a particle fuel post-irradiation examination (PIE) specialist to join their research team. The PFF group is a global leader for tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel research for high temperature gas-cooled reactors and is focused on driving innovation in coated particle fuel technologies for emerging nuclear technologies. The PFF group supports activities related to both fabrication and post-irradiation examination of coated particle fuel and fuel forms. This position would directly support the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy’s Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program’s PIE activities which include analysis of radionuclide retention after irradiation and high temperature testing, inspection of irradiated particle microstructure, and evaluation of overall TRISO particle fuel performance. The position would also engage in the application of modern characterization techniques (such as x-ray tomography, electron microscopy, and optical ellipsometry) to advance TRISO fuel qualification activities. The PIE specialist would be responsible for planning and coordinating PIE activities, analyzing data, and communicating results via program reports and open literature publications to meet sponsor deliverables and milestones, as well as steering future research activities. The selected individual will be encouraged to engage with staff within the PFF group, NFD section, and supporting ORNL organizations to foster a vibrant research atmosphere focused on successful mission execution and continued growth of capabilities and expertise for leading edge nuclear fuels research.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Lead coated particle fuel research activities focusing on TRISO fuel PIE within the AGR program.
  • Generate deliverables (journal publications, reports) to meet sponsor milestones and communicate research outcomes.
  • Coordinate research activities and interface with hot cell and support organization staff external to the group to meet research objectives.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in one of the Physical Sciences, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience in a laboratory environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with coated particle (TRISO) fuel research and development
  • Experience with irradiated materials and work within a hot cell environment
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications
  • Evidence of success in independently driven outcomes and through contributions to collaborative teams
  • Demonstrated ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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Areas of Research
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Physics