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Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013
For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine's annual survey. Argonne ranked fifth, moving up from sixth place last year, earning specific praise for its benefits and attention to personal and family life. More...

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ADVANCED REACTOR CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Opportunities exist for students to participate in development, analysis, and experiment activities supporting innovative concepts for future nuclear power plants. The advanced concepts emphasize passive safety, nonproliferation, long core lifetime, simplicity, low cost, and high reliability. Students will work with experienced researchers to study existing concepts, address new approaches, develop and utilize analytical models, and perform trade-off and optimizing studies. Specific disciplines of interest include heat transfer, fluid mechanics, materials science, heat exchanger technology, steam/gas turbine technology, component design, and cost/efficiency modeling. Students may also select to participate in experiment activities including development of apparatus, assist staff in conducting experiments, interpret results, and compare data with model predictions.
Contact: Christopher Grandy |
NUCLEAR WASTE AND REPOSITORY MODELING
The long-term performance of deep geologic repositories in generic media are modeled and evaluated using probabilistic risk evaluation tools to account for model and data uncertainties. These analyses investigate the behavior of used nuclear fuel from the current once-through nuclear fuel cycle and other waste forms generated by potential future advanced nuclear fuel cycles within different generic disposal environments. The modeling accounts for the release of radionuclides from the waste form and the waste package, and their subsequent transport through the surrounding engineered and natural isolation barriers. Model development and validation requires an ability to integrate performance considerations from a wide variety of scientific fields. Experience with large-scale scientific and probabilistic risk assessment and/or repository performance assessment computer codes and models is desirable.
Contact: Mark Nutt |
NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ANALYSIS
Software tools are being developed and being applied to evaluate the entire system for managing used nuclear fuel and high level waste, from generation to on-site storage, to off-site interim storage, through treatment and/or re-packaging, and ultimately to disposal. A variety of different facility design concepts and waste management strategies are being evaluated to inform future decisions regarding optimal ways to manage and disposition the legacy used nuclear fuel and high level waste in storage across the country. Experience with logistic modeling techniques and familiarity with the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle is desirable.
Contact: Mark Nutt |
EXTENDED USED NUCLEAR FUEL STORAGE
Research and Development activities are underway to develop the technical bases for long-term extended surface storage of used nuclear fuel. Experiments are investigating the long term behavior of zircaloy cladding and fuel assembly hardware in dry storage environments, dry storage canisters and concrete shielding overpacks, and supporting concrete pads. The experimental results are being used to develop predictive models that forecast the behavior of the entire dry storage system and both the experimental and modeling results are being used to develop aging management plans for the extended storage of used nuclear fuel.
Contact: Mark Nutt |

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Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013
For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine's annual survey. Argonne ranked fifth, moving up from sixth place last year, earning specific praise for its benefits and attention to personal and family life. More...