Research Assistant/Associate in Nuclear Engineering of Sodium-Cooled Fast
Reactors (Fixed Term)
A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of
Engineering, central Cambridge. The post holder will contribute to the
development of an advanced Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR). European
Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor project (ESFR-SMART) has been recently awarded an
extension by another four years through a successful application for the
Horizon Europe research grant scheme. ESFR-SMART concept has many advanced
design features, however, complexities of the design may lead to higher
construction and operation costs. The newly proposed project (ESFR-SIMPLE)
aims to simplify the ESFR design through reducing its size, which will reduce
the complexities and costs. Furthermore, a smaller size will provide
opportunities for greater extent of modularisation and factory manufacturing
of components. The ESFR-SIMPLE project will also focus on the power plant load
following and energy storage capabilities for more efficient integration into
the future low-carbon electricity grids, with a large proportion of
intermittent renewable power generators.
Cambridge University is a partner in the ESFR-SIMPLE project.
The key responsibilities and duties for this position are:
to lead the interaction with the project partners in acquiring knowledge
of SFR technologies relevant to this project;
to develop detailed neutronic and thermal hydraulic models for performance
assessment of SFRs;
to develop analysis tools for assessment of specific safety features of
the considered designs;
to prepare manuscripts and reports; and
to undertake a range of project management activities
The candidate will have obtained (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Nuclear
Engineering. Other skills, qualifications and experience required to perform
the role include expertise in reactor physics and thermal hydraulics of
nuclear systems; knowledge of sodium-cooled fast reactor technology;
experience in developing mathematical, numerical and computational models; the
ability to work as part of a team, with excellent communication skills.
Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those
who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at
Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the
PhD has been awarded.
Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £27,116 - £31,406, Research Associate:
£33,309 - £40,927
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 32 months in the first
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HR7 Nuclear Engineering of Sodium cooled Fast Reactors
Department of Engineering, Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
1 September 2022
7 October 2022