Career Opportunities at MIT NRL

Senior Reactor Operator-Training Supervisor

SENIOR REACTOR OPERATOR-TRAINING SUPERVISORNuclear Reactor Laboratory (NRL), to perform reactor startups and shutdowns; provide control room coverage; perform diagnostic tests, calibrations, refueling operations, and decontamination procedures; prepare samples for irradiation; package and ship radioactive samples; and perform safety reviews and analyses of reactor system modifications and experiments.  Will also train to become a shift supervisor to oversee the duties listed above and other routine reactor operations, assist with various special reactor and experimental projects, adhere to all radiation protection measures, exercise sound radiological control judgment while working in areas containing radioactive materials, and participate in the annual requalification program for licensed personnel. Once fully qualified and in addition to the above, will maintain all aspects of the initial and requalification training programs, including personnel tracking, exam writing/grading, oral walk-throughs, and other duties as needed.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or GED; four years’ experience with nuclear reactors; at least two years’ technical college or Navy nuclear education; licensure by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or ability to obtain a license within one year of hire; ability to work independently and as part of a team; attention to detail; and excellent interpersonal skills for successfully communicating to a diverse group of staff, students, MIT community members, and external organizations.  Seek someone who would like to advance to a senior-level position if necessary.  PREFERRED:  experience in a training environment, i.e., Navy Nuclear Training Prototype or PowerSchool; knowledge of the systematic approach to training, as in INPO training certification; background in physics and chemistry; and at least one year of additional experience working with either nuclear reactor mechanical or electrical systems.  Job #19498-8

Employment is contingent upon passing a basic NRC form physical and appropriate background checks.

Must have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

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Postdoctoral Associate

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATENuclear Reactor Lab (NRL), to join the MIT Research Reactor (MITR), the primary experimental facility of Nuclear Reactor Laboratory and one of five U.S High-Performance Research Reactors. MITR is developing high-efficiency neutron diffractometers suitable for both large national neutron facilities and small university research reactors and building a novel high-resolution neutron diffractometer.  Unlike existing powder and engineering diffractometers, which operate with monochromatic beam, MITR will use polychromatic beam and multiple bent perfect crystal analyzers. The use of the polychromatic beam will allow combining several analyzers to increase the signal rate or allow to measure several components of the stress tensor at once.  Will participate in all aspects of the instrument building, testing, and demonstration.  The work will include finalizing the design, assembling instrument components (focusing analyzers, position-sensitive detectors, oscillating collimators, etc.), enabling the instrument-control software, testing, and commissioning of the facility. MITR is also designing a focusing SANS diffractometer which will use axisymmetric focusing mirrors (Wolter mirrors) to enable a compact SANS instrument suitable for a university-based research reactor. This project will require ray-tracing optimization of the design parameters of the mirrors and other beam-conditioning optics and conducting initial tests. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or another related field; Interest and experience in hands-on experimentation with neutron or X-ray diffraction or small-angle scattering; solid understanding of neutron diffractometers inner workings; and the ability to keep to schedules and deadlines and to work effectively both as a team member and independently.  Job #19518

Please submit, in a single pdf, a full resume and up to three papers potentially relevant to this project.

This position is expected to start June 2021 and be subject to one-year term with possible renewal on an annual basis.

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