Research Scholar

North Carolina State University

United States

February 26, 2022


Posting Details Posting Number PG191407EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Research Scholar Anticipated Hiring Range Up to $69,600 (Commensurate with education and experience) Work Schedule Monday - Friday; 8am-5pm; hours may vary Job Location Raleigh, NC Department Nuclear Engineering About the Department

The Department of Nuclear Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering. We are the only nuclear engineering program in the state of North Carolina and one of the premier departments in the southeast United States. The Carolinas currently contributes to the advancement of the nuclear enterprise regionally, nationally and internationally. The State of North Carolina has accepted new/updated energy policy with accelerated clean energy strategy to achieve net-zero complete transition by 2050, which include the nuclear energy as part of clean energy mix. The State of North Carolina is also committed to expanding engineering education and research including the expansion of COE at NCSU to address the growing need of advanced engineering skill in emerging areas.

Nationally and internationally the United States is leading the clean energy economy of the future with initiatives across a range of sectors and all stages of innovation: research, development, and deployment. The advanced nuclear reactor technology will be an important contributor to a decarbonized power sector and net zero future. Moving to a net-zero economy would create millions of new jobs worldwide by 2030 across energy, construction, and automotive sectors, 65% of which will be high-skilled jobs. The United States is committed to realizing not only the emissions reductions potential, but also the economic growth and jobs creation opportunities across key sectors. Through collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, NC State's Nuclear Engineering Department is increasing its footprint on the national and global level in both advanced nuclear energy developments and implementations and state-of-the-art nuclear science and engineering applications in emerging technological and digital engineering areas.

With an increasing faculty population and research areas/projects, there is greater opportunity for learning in the broad areas of advanced nuclear reactor engineering, radiation detection and admeasurements, nuclear materials, security and non-proliferation, computational science and digital engineering, plasma science and engineering, radiological and waste engineering, and advanced nuclear applications in emerging high-technology, bioengineering and digital engineering areas.

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Essential Job Duties

The Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Modeling Group (RDFMG), established at the Nuclear Engineering Department of North Carolina State University (NCSU), has expertise and experience in developing, validation, and application of methodologies in core neutronics, core and system thermal-hydraulics, and coupled neutronics/thermal-hydraulics/fuel performance calculations. Efforts have been towards development and application of calculation schemes for multi-physics multi-scale simulations for advanced reactor design and safety analyses supplemented by validation & verification and uncertainty quantification.

We are offering a position for a Research Scholar in relation to the reactor fuel modeling and physics work done in RDFMG. This position is funded by Drs. Jason (Jia) Hou and Kostadin Ivanov and is contingent upon the continued availability of this funding. This appointment is “at-will,” with continuation or discontinuation at the discretion of the Dean/Vice Chancellor. At present, funding for this position is expected to be available for a period not to exceed 36 months.

This position will be responsible for supporting fuel performance, multi-scale and multi-physics fuel modeling and simulation, verification and validation and uncertainty quantification including utilization of experimental data and developing corresponding benchmarks, advanced fuel design and safety analyses, and other related research on using data science and analytics within on-going projects, helping prepare proposals and project reports/presentations, publishing peer-reviewed papers in these areas, and assisting the above- mentioned faculty in working with graduate and undergraduate students.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as lead or Co-lead researcher or individual contributor on research projects
  • Directing projects or components of highly complex large-scale programs
  • Overseeing development of, and monitors integrity of, data collection
  • Serving as co-investigator on a funded research project or principal investigator on moderate to large research project(s)
  • Obtaining, or assisting in obtaining, external research funding including proposal writing/reviewing
  • Authoring and/or co-authoring publications and presenting and/or co- presenting results with Principal Investigator at meetings and/or conferences
  • Preparing and reviewing peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings papers
  • Developing new/novel techniques; and design and apply scientific and numerical models.
  • Becoming a member of the Graduate School to serve on graduate students' thesis committee and advise graduate students
  • Overseeing non-exempt and exempt researchers and support staff
  • Other Responsibilities

    Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Education and Experience

    Relevant Ph.D degree (or relevant terminal degree), or relevant Master's degree with at least 5 years of formal post-degree professional work experience. In rare instances, an individual with a comparable professional experience but less than a master's degree, plus 8 years of exceptional relevant professional experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.

    Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability to serve as lead or Co-lead researcher or individual contributor on one or more projects and lead national and international research activities
  • Ability to author and/or co-author publications and present and/or co- present results at meetings and/or conferences
  • Ability to develop new/novel techniques; and design and apply scientific and numerical models. Ability to advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to oversee non-exempt and exempt researchers
  • Ability to support education computer projects and short graduate courses
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to utilize, improve, verify and validate advanced multi-scale fuel performance and multi-physics high-fidelity and traditional modeling and simulations tools for nuclear engineering design and safety analyses
  • Ability to utilize available experimental data and results from high- fidelity tools to develop and perform international validation benchmarks
  • Apply high-to-low model fidelity information in fuel performance and multiphysics along with verification, validation and uncertainty quantification and propagation
  • Required License(s) or Certification(s)


    Valid NC Driver's License required No Commercial Driver's License required No

    Job Open Date 12/13/2021

    Anticipated Close Date Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants

    REPOST – This position is being reposted. Previous applicants DO NOT need to reapply.

    In addition to your application please submit a Resume/CV, Cover Letter, and the full contact information for three (3) professional references.

    Position Number 00108997

    Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.0 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Non Mandatory - Emergency Event Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Department ID 141101 - Nuclear Engineering AA/EEO

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    Application Materials Required

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents