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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 00

Post-Doctoral Research Associate position (salary $5,200/month)
Post-Doctoral researcher will be responsible for performing computer simulations and developing computational models for nuclear fuel performance, with a specific focus on using the BISON fuel performance code developed at Idaho National Laboratory.  The fuel performance simulations will evaluate several concepts proposed as accident tolerant fuel, to assess the thermo-mechanical performance during normal and off-normal light water reactor conditions, as well as to investigate the behavior of nuclear fuel at high burnup with a focus on fuel fragmentation during anticipated loss of coolant accidents, and/or to evaluate the performance of TRISO fuel forms in advanced reactor concepts.  The successful applicant will have prior research experience with engineering-scale thermal mechanical structural mechanics modeling and/or nuclear fuel performance modeling.  The post-doctoral researcher will be expected to publish original research in refereed journal articles and work with a team of scientists from multiple institutions, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory.  The successful candidate must be eligible to receive access to the BISON software licensed through Idaho National Laboratory, and will also be expected to work with both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as PhD level scientists.


Requires a PhD in nuclear engineering or materials science, applied physics. Good verbal and written communication in English is required.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Nuclear Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 8, 2022, 7:40:36 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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