Postdoc in Applied Nuclear Physics with Speciality in Uncertainty Quantification

Sweden (SE)
09 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Postdoc in applied nuclear physics with speciality in uncertainty quantification for reactor benchmarks

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

A two-year postdoctoral position is declared available at Uppsala University:

Postdoc in applied nuclear physics with speciality in uncertainty quantification for reactor benchmarks

at the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Div. of Applied Nuclear Physics, starting January 1, 2017, with a duration of two years.

Assignments: The employment is a research position on uncertainty quantification for reactor benchmark experiments in nuclear energy systems with particular focus on the French fast reactor program.

In the final stages of any nuclear reactor design work, a vast amount of numerical simulations are required, and these must be made with well-defined datasets and codes, corresponding to well-validated versions of these datasets and codes. This rule holds for the soon-to-begin detailed core design studies of the French Gen-IV reactor ASTRID, and is the topic of this postdoc project.

The expected recommendations for the ASTRID core will have to be backed by sufficient validation data and demonstrations. In this process, uncertainty estimates are produced and account for all sources of errors and uncertainties. This includes nuclear data biases and uncertainties, core modelling approximations, numerical calculation biases, uncertainties in the integral experiments used, as well as additional errors arising from any extrapolation to actual full-scale core conditions.

The objective of the postdoctoral work is to develop a framework for uncertainty quantifications where the core concept of interest has characteristics that differ from those considered in the validation.

The project will start with a short introductory period in Uppsala followed by an approximately 20 months long research period in France, in collaboration with other international scientists, and the work will then be finalised in Uppsala. Accordingly, the postdoc will spend the dominant part of his/her time in France.

Admission requirements: To be eligible for a postdoctoral employment, the candidate must hold a PhD degree within a relevant field of research, not older than three years at the closing day of the application.

Evaluation criteria: Extra attention will be paid to scientific skills. Qualifications in nuclear technology are highly rated. Experience and skills in reactor modelling, with both Monte Carlo and derminstic codes, are of particular interest for this position. Because the research will be performed in an international collaboration, experience from international collaborations will also be considered.

Periods of leave, such as parental leave, that may be taken into account should be stated in the presentation of personal experience and qualifications. The department is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

The application must be written in English and contain a letter in which the applicant describes her/himself, her/his qualifications, research interests and plans for the future. It must contain a CV, copies of relevant grades, and a list of previous research publications of relevance, including the applicant's doctoral thesis. Other relevant documents may also be included (e.g. letters of recommendation or names of reference persons).

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different backgrounds, functionality and life experience.

Pay: Individual salaries

Starting: January 1, 2017.

Type of employment: Temporary position.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact
Carl Hellesen; phone. +46-(0)18 - 471 3899, e-mail: carl.hellesen@physics.uu.se.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than November 30 2016, UFV-PA 2016/2800.

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