Postdoctoral Openings

Current openings for postdoctoral researchers

Postdoctoral scholars are exceptional early career researchers who join the research group to pursue one or more ambitious projects suited to a future in a research-focused career. They should have received a Ph.D. in their area of research within the last 3 years and may be seated in either NCSA or NPRE, depending on the topic of their work.
Postdoctoral Researcher - Experiments in Molten Salt Chemistry

Postdoctoral Researcher - Experiments in Molten Salt Chemistry

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Start Date: October 2018

Required Skills: Doctoral degree in nuclear engineering or a related field. Strong experimental background working with molten salts for MSR designs. Knowledge of molten salt chemistry, especially FLiNaK or FLiBe. Experience in the construction and operation molten salt experimental loops. Experience with high vacuum equipment, residual gas analysis, gas handling.

The NPRE department is seeking a postdoctoral research associate who will work on a molten salt experiment designed to investigate fission gas behavior in FLiNaK for MSR designs. The ideal candidate will bring superior experimental capability with molten salts, knowledge of molten salt chemistry, and knowledge of MSR designs. It is expected the PDRA will be a nuclear engineer with a strong experimental background, but candidates in related fields will be considered. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is a full-time, benefits-eligible position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2018. The closing date to apply for this position is August 15, 2018, although applications received after this date may be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references by August 15, 2018 to Prof. Brent J. Heuser at Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date of August 15, 2018. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Postdoctoral Researcher - General

Postdoctoral Researcher - General

Start Date: TBD

Required Skills: PhD in nuclear engineering, physics, computer science, or similar

Desired Skills: extensive modeling and simulation experience

Even if direct funding for a new postdoctoral opening is not available in the ARFC group, applications from exceptional postdoctoral researchers, especially those with their own source of funding, will always be considered. The ideal postdoctoral researcher for ARFC would be interested in spending 1-3 years at UofI. A background in nuclear engineering, fuel cycles, reactor physics, and computing will be essential. Such researchers should be interested in conducting research that is in synergy with the mission of the research group as a whole.