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Argonne offers three Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs to outstanding doctoral scientists and engineers who are at early points in their promising careers. Please check our Postdoctoral Opportunities section to find out more about the Programs and for contact information.

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Argonne National Laboratory is a leading R&D center that is working on technologies to provide the clean, sustainable and affordable energy that will be needed for U.S. energy security and related economic competitiveness.

We bring together the best minds in science, engineering, and modeling and simulation. We form teams to tackle complex scientific challenges, translating basic science into engineering solutions.

We build and operate large, one-of-a-kind user facilities.

We are at the forefront of energy research and development, and you can be part of it.

Nuclear Energy R&D @ Argonne

Argonne's roots lie in nuclear energy R&D. Argonne-led research supports every main nuclear power system throughout the world. One of our most notable successes has been the development and transfer of the technologies in today's commercial nuclear reactors.

Today, we continue our work in support of current-generation reactor technology while conducting research and development aimed at closing the nuclear fuel cycle and enabling the production of the clean sustainable energy that will be needed for the future.

Argonne's scientific and technical diversity provides the full range of capabilities needed to meet this challenge. Working in diverse, multidisciplinary teams, we are using cutting-edge research and modeling/simulation tools to translate fundamental scientific understanding into innovative technologies.

Nuclear Engineering Division

Concept diagram for a sodium-cooled advanced 'burner' reactor.
Concept diagram for a sodium-cooled advanced "burner" reactor.

The Nuclear Engineering (NE) Division is part of the Energy and Global Security Directorate of Argonne National Laboratory. Nearly every commercial reactor in existence today owes its development to seminal research conducted at Argonne. Building on this heritage, our mission is to advance the safe and sustainable use of nuclear energy and to apply our expertise to current and emerging programs of national and international significance.

We participate in key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy initiatives. We lead the nation’s program for development and demonstration of fast reactor and fuel recycle technologies that promise to improve the affordability of nuclear power, enhance the assurance of safety and security, and minimize radioactive waste.

We also play a leading role in DOE’s Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program. Our division is recognized internationally for its development of computer codes and contributions to the application of high-performance computing. Moreover, we leverage our nuclear fuels and materials expertise to support life extension and improved operation of existing and evolutionary nuclear power plants.

We lead strongly synergistic programs in conversion of research & test reactors and medical isotope production devices to low enriched uranium (LEU) worldwide that that support key nonproliferation and national security missions.

We also apply our expertise and techniques to other energy and national security challenges, such as performing R&D in sensors and instrumentation for materials and energy system characterization, and for homeland security applications; conducting leading-edge R&D in hydrogen and fuel cells technology for transportation; analyzing failure modes in complex systems and applying probabilistic risk assessments for the oil & gas industries to reduce the likelihood of another Gulf oil spill; applying nanotechnology research to advance energy and national security missions, engaging in international cooperation on nuclear plant safety, and serving as the nation’s lead for U.S. support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission.

Finally, we perform science-based investigations that can potentially transform our understanding of fundamental chemistry and materials science related to nuclear energy, and develop high-performance materials, processes and design concepts based on our fundamental research.


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