Postdoctoral position in SMR designs suitable for Sweden’s future electric power production needs – Chalmers University, Nov 2022

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The Chalmers University of Technology invites applications for a Postdoctoral position project proposed to provide the necessary information about the SMR designs suitable for Sweden’s future electric power production needs, Sweden – Nov 2022

Qualification Details

To qualify for the position as Postdoc, you must have a PhD degree in Chemistry with Nuclear Chemistry as speciality, or Nuclear Physics, or Reactor Physics or related fields (eg. nuclear plant design, reactor safety, etc). The PhD degree must be awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). Applications without a documented knowledge in Chemistry/Physics of nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel cycle or related to nuclear field will be systematically disregarded.Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment is desirable. Fluency in English is mandatory, fluency/knowledge of a Nordic language would be meritous as well. Please observe: Since the department is also a nuclear facility, only citizens of the countries who are signatory of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons can apply and be considered for the position. Please check the status of your country before applying.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Nuclear energy is a versatile and flexible low-carbon energy source, which can provide an important contribution to the transition toward a decarbonized economy. In this context, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) represent an attractive option because of their potential for a simpler and more effective implementation in comparison with traditional large power reactors. This post-doctoral project is proposed to provide the necessary information about the SMR designs suitable for Sweden future electric power production needs. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector. Project description The position relates to projects within the Swedish Competence Centre ANItA (Academic-industrial Nuclear technology Initiative to Achieve a sustainable energy future), which integrates Swedish technical and nontechnical expertise of Uppsala University, Chalmers, KTH, Vattenfall, Uniper, Fortum, Westinghouse, Studsvik Nuclear and the Swedish Energy Agency in nuclear technology and engineering.Collaborative research, development and education of the centre aims to create a Swedish knowledge and competence base needed for the introduction of novel nuclear power technologies such as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and provide relevant information, in particular, to policymakers for timely decisions on the future Swedish energy generation mix.Within ANItA, the leading universities in Sweden collaborate with leading Nordic companies in the nuclear energy sector. This offers doctoral students and postdoctoral students a strong research environment, a unique industrial application potential, and excellent opportunities for international partnerships. The project will primarily focus on near term deployable LWR SMR designs in cooperation with the Centre partners.The main objectives are:- Establish a shortlist of suitable SMR designs targeting (primarily) electric power production.- Assemble key design features and plant data of the selected designs- Define potential critical further technology development needs focusing with highest priority on simplicity and cost-consciousness, with the same safety requirements as today. This includes construction, commissioning, operation, as well as decommissioning.The project will provide competence development for young researchers that will allow them to fulfill roles as either future TSO (Technical Support Organisation) personnel that will be required for transition from the current nuclear power plant fleet to a future fleet including or based on SMR technology, or as experts within Swedish nuclear industry.The objective is furthermore to assemble and provide to other Centre projects key design features and plant data required to carry out research on core design, fuel, safety systems, and operational systems. Major responsibilities As a Post Doctoral researcher you are expected to be expert in your field, to be self-driven and independent, analytic, strategic and quality conscious. Besides your project you will be driving through to fruition, it is expected to be able to communicate with the project partners (academia and industrial partners), to be structured and time aware. You are also expected to be an active part of the department's senior team.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. 20220521

Application Procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20220521 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files. CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

  •  CV, include complete list of publications
  • Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
  • Two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)1-3 pages where you:
  •  Introduce yourself
  • Describe your previous research fields and main research results
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus
Other documents:
  •  Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

About the Department

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is one of the largest departments at Chalmers. We represent a broad field of fundamental and applied research and education within chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research activities reach from fundamental chemistry, chemistry at the interface of biology and medicine, materials science, renewable energy, to chemical engineering processing, material recycling, nuclear chemistry, as well as theory and modelling. We are committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level. Academic freedom, interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship and making societal impact, are key factors in our work. We strive to offer an environment where you can combine world leading research and teaching with a good work-life balance.The Division of Energy and Materials, Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling group covers a broad range of research topics. We have more than 50 years of experience in these fields and we are driven by curiosity and boldness. Our research (aside hydrometallurgy applied in various non-nuclear applications), is devoted to the development of a closed nuclear fuel cycle (fuel research, waste management through recycling of spent nuclear fuel for separation for transmutation, novel fuel developments, final repository research) as well as safety of reactors from chemical point of view (current and Gen IV systems) as well as research on severe nuclear accidents.

Note or Other details

Contract terms This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years. We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Contact Details

Teodora Retegan Vollmer, Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials [email protected]+46317722881