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Fuel Modeling and Simulation Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Information Job Title: Fuel Modeling and Simulation Postdoctoral Research Associate
Org: Fuel Modeling & Simulation
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80's)
Mission/Vision Statement Empowering the Nation's Energy Future Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure. Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.Responsibilities The Fuel Modeling and Simulation Department at Idaho National Laboratory develops next-generation computational mechanics software. The Bison code (, based on the open source MOOSE framework, simulates the complex multiphysics behavior in nuclear fuel and cladding. Doing so requires a wide variety of modeling capabilities: fission gas generation and release, temperature and irradiation dependent thermal conductivity, plasticity, creep, contact, and more. Bison is currently being extended to investigate accident behavior and more fuel types. Research in XFEM and Peridynamics is underway to address material failure.

Due to past accomplishments and program growth, the Department seeks a postdoctoral researcher with an understanding of nuclear fuel behavior to help develop, support, maintain, and document the Bison code. In this position, you will be responsible for developing models, methods, and verification/validation strategies in support of Bison.

This position requires an understanding of the thermal and mechanical behavior of nuclear fuel, such as thermal conductivity degradation, fission gas production and release, fuel cracking, cladding creep, oxidation, and similar phenomena. This position is not directly associated with neutronics or thermal hydraulics.

Expectations include:
Utilize skills in computational thermomechanics, nuclear fuel modeling, numerical methods, and related computational materials and mechanics areas. Demonstrate research project leadership. Demonstrate expertise in C++, git, MacOS/Linux, LaTeX. Be a strong asset to our mature, high-energy R&D team and work effectively in isolation, as a team member, and as a research project leader. Document work, including in manuals, conferences, and refereed journal articles. Maintain a record of sponsor satisfaction and support. Publish research in peer-reviewed journals. May present research at technical conferences.
May provide peer review of research internal and external to INL. Assist in developing plans for new research areas. Assist in producing successful proposals. May initiate novel, innovative research and engineering programs that impact scientific problem solving, tackling complex technology issues facing the nation.
Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, or similar engineering field, before the start date of the employment and within the previous 5 years Demonstrated expertise in C++, git, MacOS/Linux, LaTeX Excellent oral and written communication skills

Special Requirements and/or Training:
Demonstrated ability to attract significant research programs. Appreciable knowledge of numerical methods, computational science, scientific computing, scientific software engineering, nuclear fuel, and mechanics. Ability to coordinate and execute project/program activities relative to work package scope, deliverables, and milestones. Demonstrated ability to productively collaborate with others. Demonstrated ability to conceive and execute fuel performance modeling research. Excellent technical writing and oral communication. Ability to be a strong asset to our mature, high-energy research and development team and work effectively both in isolation and as a team member. 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

Employee Job Functions Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards. Special Senses: Visually demanding work. Work Conditions: >8 Hrs/day; Typing/keyboard.Please Apply Before: December 19, 2018 (Midnight MST) 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.Other Information When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.INL Overview 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 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.
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 and 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.

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