Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Engineering (US)

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Engineering

Regular, Full-time, Pay Grade 00

There is an immediate opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK). The position will involve supporting a project focused on establishing a permanent fast neutron imaging facility at Consolidated Nuclear Services in Oak Ridge, TN, for both production use and to enable future work in non-proliferation programs.

Knoxville, a vibrant and growing city, is nestled at the base of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Knoxville was recently rated the “best place in the U.S. for new college graduates to live and work” by the ERI Economic Research Institute, a compensation research firm specializing in salary survey and cost-of-living studies. This comes on the heels of Knoxville’s “ninth hottest area of the country to do business” ranking and a five-star rating for quality of life. The Knoxville-Oak Ridge area, home to 100+ nuclear-related companies, is also a national powerhouse in nuclear science and engineering research and industry.

Publications and travel to conferences is expected. The initial appointment is for a period of 12 months with the possibility of renewal for up to an additional 24 months.


The successful candidate must have a PhD in Nuclear Engineering or Physics, strong computer programming skills, and a background in experimental research involving the detection and characterization of ionizing radiation.

It is desired that the candidate will have familiarity with, as well as a theoretical understanding of, x-ray, neutron, and imaging detectors, including detector materials, analog and digital signal processing, statistical modeling, and data analysis. It is also desirable for the candidate to have familiarity with computer/instrument interfaces and experience with radiation transport calculations such as MCNP, GEANT4 and SCALE.

Good human relations and communication skills are requisite. The ability to perform research and development in a collaborative environment is required, including excellent oral and written communication skills.

U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy “Q” clearance is required.

Interested candidates must submit their application online to be considered for this position. Please attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three professional references with your online application.

Questions about this position can be addressed to Dr. Jason Hayward, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, The University of Tennessee; Email: [email protected]

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Nuclear Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 24, 2022, 7:01:57 PM


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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