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Post-Doc Position, Nuclear Forensics – LLNL

LLNL and Dawn Shaughnessy invite radiochemists to apply for a post-doc position.

The successful candidate will develop techniques for producing isotopes at relevant quantities using appropriate neutron and charged-particle reactions at accelerator facilities, associated radiochemical separations methods for isolating isotopes of interest, and incorporation into solid debris matrices via additive manufacturing for subsequent evaluation via various analytical techniques. This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division. For more information or to apply visit http://careers-llnl.ttcportals.com/jobs/2421671-postdoctoral-research-staff-member or email Dr. Shaughnessy (shaughnessy2 AT llnl.gov). U.S. Citizenship required.

Ph.D. Research – Australia (Flinders University)

Flinders University is seeking PhD students for the projects as part of the program entitled “Assessing Radionuclides and Developing Frameworks for South Australia’s Environment Surrounding Uranium Mining Sites”. Please view the PhD opportunity at Flinders University ad, or contact rachel.popelkafilcoff AT flinders.edu.au for more information.

Graduate Student Positions – Manitoba

A number of positions are open with the Schreckenbach and Hollett groups at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. If you are interested in joining a computational chemistry group doing theoretical actinide molecular science, or are interested in other applications, please see the announcement, and apply ASAP by following the directions in the announcement.

Undergraduate Radiochemistry Summer School – Oregon State University

Running from June 18 through July 28, 2017, the school is for undergraduate students in chemistry and related disciplines (physics, nuclear engineering). The summer school is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy and hosted this year by the Oregon State University School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) and the Department of Chemistry in Corvallis, Oregon. Candidates should be junior or senior level undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science, and have completed a minimum of two years of chemistry and one year of physics. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Student award includes $4,000 stipend as well as coverage of housing and travel costs. Upon satisfactory completion of the summer school, participating students will receive eight transferable credits at the 400 level. A flyer has been created with this information as well.

Students should apply online at: ne.oregonstate.edu/radiochemistryschool. Applications are due February 28, 2017. The summer school is limited to 12 students and acceptance notification will be sent by March 31, 2017.

Short description:

Blending classwork and labwork, participants in our school will learn the physics of nuclear structure, radioactive decay and nuclear reactions, principles of radiodetection, chemistry of actinides and fission products, radiolysis, production and separation of radionuclides. The nuclear fuel cycle will be presented from fundamental chemistry to engineering applications.

Students will benefit from the expertise of our guest lecturers invited from the DOE national labs and collaborating university partners, and work on their independent research projects under faculty guidance and present their results at a student conference at the end of the summer school.

Students will also tour Hanford Site, AREVA and Energy Northwest facilities in Richland, Washington, and the Oregon State TRIGA Research Reactor in Corvallis.

In addition, student will be guided about their future career options field in this field and application for a university graduate program in nuclear and radiochemistry in the U.S.


Dr. Alena Paulenova, summer school director, OSU School of Nuclear Science and Engineering

alena.paulenova AT oregonstate.edu

DOE – Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools

The Department of Energy has again funded these long running summer schools for 2017. Interested students can get more information from the summer schools website, https://chemistry.missouri.edu/nucsummer, from the flyer, or from Prof. J. David Robertson, robertsonjo AT missouri.edu

Nuclear Forensics Summer School

The Department of Homeland Security is again sponsoring a Nuclear Forensics Summer School in conjunction with University of Missouri, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Utah, and Washington State University, and the Los Alamos and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. This 6 week program is hosted at the University of Utah, and students will receive stipends. For more information, see the flyer, or contact Nancy Butner, Los Alamos National Laboratory: nbutner AT lanl.gov

Apply at http://www.lanl.gov/org/padste/adcles/chemistry/inorganic-isotope-actinide/nuclear-forensics/index.php

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Internships – Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)

Call for PhD and post-doc positions

The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) recently opened its call for PhD and post-doc positions (2016 campaign). Four challenging research topics are offered for this purpose by the Radiochemistry expert group. Detailed information of each topic can be accessed via the following links:

Development and validation of HPLC-SF-ICP-MS methodologies for characterization of spent nuclear fuel: http://academy.sckcen.be/en/Your_thesis_internship/AllTopics/Development-and-validation-of-HPLC-SF-ICP-MS-methodologies-for-characterization-of-spent-nuclear-fuel–1378

Hybrid gold nanoparticles coated with organic polymers and antibodies as platforms for cancer theranostics: Investigation of the cytotoxicity mechanisms and feasibility study of radioactive doping: http://academy.sckcen.be/en/Your_thesis_internship/AllTopics/Hybrid-gold-nanoparticles-coated-with-organic-polymers-and-antibodies-as-platforms-for-cancer-theranostics-Investigation-of-the-cytotoxicity-mechanisms-and-feasibility-study-of-radioactive-doping-1331

Investigation of the influence of redox conditions on the conversion of actinide solutions into solid microspheres via sol-gel chemistry: http://academy.sckcen.be/en/Your_thesis_internship/AllTopics/Investigation-of-the-influence-of-redox-conditions-on-the-conversion-of-actinide-solutions-into-solid-microspheres-via-sol-gel-chemistry-1371

The development of isotopic analyses, by means of ICP-SFMS, relevant to novel/alternative fuel cycles: http://academy.sckcen.be/en/Your_thesis_internship/AllTopics/The-development-of-isotopic-analyses-by-means-of-ICPSFMS-relevant-to-novelalternative-fuel-cycles-1080

For more information on the application and selection procedure and important deadlines, please visit: http://academy.sckcen.be/en/Your_thesis_internship/PhD_thesis
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the SCK•CEN mentor of the topic of choice before February 15, 2016.