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Faculty Positions

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, invites applications for faculty positions starting September 2017 or on a mutually agreeable date thereafter. Appointments are expected to be at the assistant or untenured associate professor level, but highly qualified candidates for a senior faculty appointment are also welcomed.

The Department is a world leader in the generation, control and application of nuclear reactions and radiation for the benefit of society and the environment. Its faculty educate and conduct research in fields from fundamental nuclear science to practical applications of nuclear technology in energy, security and other fields. We are seeking exceptional candidates broadly engaged in these areas. All candidates who demonstrate excellence in the multidisciplinary landscape of the department’s research and education areas will be considered. These areas include, but are not limited to: advanced modeling, simulation, and theory of complex nuclear systems; integrated design for nuclear fission energy systems; advanced thermal hydraulics; the nuclear fuel cycle; radiation sources and technology; nuclear security; plasma physics and fusion engineering; materials for extreme environments; and quantum engineering and control. The research areas of emphasis for will be core fission expertise such as integrated fission system design, innovative fuels, and neutron interactions science. [See]

Applicants must have a doctorate in a relevant engineering or scientific field by the beginning of employment, and must have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship in a relevant technical field. We welcome applications from a wide range of related disciplines, including physics, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, computational science and engineering, and environmental engineering. However, a commitment to excel in teaching in one of the core fields of nuclear science and engineering is essential. Faculty duties will include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research, and supervision of graduate students.

Applications are being accepted electronically at Each application must include: a curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three or more references, a two-page strategic statement of research interests, a one-page statement of teaching interests, and electronic copies of no more than three representative publications. Each candidate must also arrange for three or more reference letters to be uploaded electronically.

Recognizing MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in education, research and practice, minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications received before January 16, 2017 will be given priority.

MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE)-Laboratory for Nuclear Security Policy (LNSP) is seeking applicants for the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship supporting.  Fellows will work on research projects at the intersection of technology and nuclear security policy. Fellows may join an existing project or propose their own.  Projects should take advantage of faculty expertise at LNSP and NSE. Collaboration  with members of the MIT Security Studies Program is encouraged. Fellows are required  to produce an original, policy-relevant paper before the conclusion of the fellowship, preferably a publication in an academic journal. Fellows are also required to present their work at the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Seminar hosted by the Stanton Foundation.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000/year.

The fellowship is awarded for one year with an opportunity for one renewal. This is an ongoing opportunity. Appointments will typically follow the academic year.

Applications received by March 1, 2017 will be considered for fellowships in the2017-2018
Academic year beginning Sept. 2016. Final selection of Fellows will occur by March 15th.

Job Requirements:
REQUIRED: A Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, etc.) or a combination of technical expertise in nuclear-related sciences and an advanced degree in arelated policy area, by the inception of the fellowship. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates who have appropriate technical background sufficient to ensure success of research but who lack an advanced degree are welcome to apply. Note, however, that preference will be given to young scholars seeking to develop a career in the field.

Additional application instructions and details about the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship at LNSP are available at

Research Scientist

The Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems at MIT seeks a scientist to conduct experimental research in the area of nuclear system technology, with specific focus in thermal-hydraulics and nuclear materials. This person is expected to lead and creatively contribute to research projects and oversee graduate and undergraduate research assistants, as well as postdocs.  It is envisioned that this person may also teach courses at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, if he/she so desires.

The requirements for this position are: a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or Nuclear Engineering, and at least 2 years of experience in a related field. However, applications from exceptionally promising candidates with less experience will also be considered. Desirable attributes include: experience in designing, constructing and operating complex experimental facilities, including state-of-the-art diagnostics, and data acquisition techniques; ability to communicate research results in the form of juried research journal articles, or other similar forms of communication; and an ability to win competitive research funding and manage research projects.

The initial appointment is 36 months with the possibility of renewal based upon performance and the availability of funding.

Applications should be submitted by October 31 through the MIT Jobs Page: position number 14045. In addition, please send the names of three references via email to Women and under-represented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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