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  Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
    Reactor Physicist

Position: Reactor Physicist
Location: Chalk River, Ontario, Canada
How to Apply:   Please apply through AECL website:


Research in the Reactor Physics Methods section addresses a number of gaps in the areas of reactor physics codes development, nuclear data, and sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification tools. Direct outputs from the associated programs at CRL benefit Canada and the nuclear industry internationally. The position involves research on topics including:

  • Development of novel mathematical and computational methods for application to the next generation of reactor physics codes;
  • Code coupling techniques (e.g. physics and thermalhydraulics);
  • Nuclear data;
  • Uncertainty quantification methods.

The reactor physicist will provide technical support to ongoing efforts in these and other areas, and work will involve:

  • Software development for prototype reactor physics codes.
  • Performing calculations using existing reactor physics codes, for example WIMS-AECL, MCNP, and SCALE.
  • Analyzing and documenting results from scientific studies.
  • Providing support for AECL collaborations, for example with Industry partners, Government agencies and the academic community.
  • Preparation and delivery of technical presentations and papers within AECL and in public forums.


  • Ph. D in physics, engineering, math, engineering-physics, applied math or a related field from a university of recognized standing;
  • or membership in an engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualification for membership in that organization.
  • Experience in developing computing algorithms involving numerical problems. Examples include: integral and/or integro-differential equations; Variation formulations of boundary- value problems; Finite difference and/or finite element problems; Direct and/or iterative methods for solving linear systems of equations; Numerical quadrature of special functions.
  • Knowledge of reactor physics methods, including neutron transport theory, neutron diffusion theory, and nuclear data and related libraries would be an asset.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Experience with the UNIX-like operating system and scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python) would be an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Team-work and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
AECL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

How to Apply:       Please apply through AECL website:

Submitted on Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:07:25 -0500

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