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Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is inviting applications for up to two postdoctoral research positions with the Laboratory of Nuclear Security and Policy (LNSP) in the department of Nuclear Engineering. LNSP is a multidisciplinary group studying technology in support of international security. Problems under investigation include the detection of nuclear materials and devices in commercial cargo traffic, nuclear detection in public spaces, nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and new techniques for international treaty verification.

Postdoctoral researchers will focus on the Zero-Knowledge Warhead Verification program and the Monochromatic Cargo Interrogation program. The Monochromatic program uses various low energy (~MeV) nuclear reactions to produce monochromatic and poly-chromatic gamma sources for interrogating and radiographing cargo containers for the presence of nuclear nuclear materials without the high doses common in traditional brehmstrallung-based interrogation methods. The Zero Knowledge program uses nuclear resonance fluoresnce to take measurements of nuclear warheads that would validate their authenticity without revealing information about their design.

For additional information, visit lnsp.mit.edu/jobs. For questions contact aregjan@mit.edu.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate should have the following background and qualifications: PhD in experimental nuclear physics, particle physics, or nuclear engineering; an interest in nuclear security and social issues; strong computational skills in a Linux/Unix based environment, including fluency with C/C++. Knowledge of higher level languages such as Python, Perl, etc. is a plus, extensive experience performing data analysis with the ROOT toolkit, fluency with the Geant4 toolkit and a strong understanding of Monte Carlo methods, and knowledge of MCNP is a plus; familiary with standard methods of nuclear radiation detection (~MeV neutrons and gammas),including scintillation detectors, HPGe detectors and readout electronics; experience with digital data acquisition systems, preferably VME. Knowledge of CAEN systems is a plus.

Applications should be submitted through the MIT Jobs Page: jobs.mit.edu position number 11775.

MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Research Scientist

The Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems 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. It is envisioned that this person may also teach courses at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

The requirements for this position are: a PhD in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences, 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 24 months with the possibility of renewal based upon performance and the availability of funding.

Applications should be submitted through the MIT Jobs Page: jobs.mit.edu position number 11645. In addition, please send the names of three references via email to canes-search@mit.edu. Women and under-represented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Faculty Position

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, invites applications for faculty positions starting September 2015 or thereafter. Appointment will be at the assistant or untenured associate professor level. In special cases, a senior faculty appointment may be possible.

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 teach and conduct research in fields from fundamental nuclear science to practical applications of nuclear technology in energy, security and other fields. The highest priority area of research, for current candidates, is theoretical and computational plasma physics for fusion applications. However, we will consider truly exceptional candidates across the full range of the Department's fields of research and education. These include advanced modeling, simulation, theory, experimentation, and design for nuclear fission systems; the nuclear fuel cycle; plasma physics and fusion engineering; materials for extreme environments; quantum engineering and control; and radiation science and technology. Department website .

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 nse-search.mit.edu 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 31, 2015 will be given priority.

MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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