11. March 2014 - Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Post-Doctoral Fellowships
11. March 2014 - Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Canadian Neutron Beam Centre

Chalk River, Ontario, Canada


AECL Nuclear Laboratories, located at Chalk River, Ontario is the premier research institution and the knowledge base of the Canadian nuclear industry. The unique nuclear facilities and science and technology capabilities of the Nuclear Laboratories are applied to ensure Canadians and the world receive energy, health, environmental and economic benefits while assuring nuclear safety and security.

Description of Institution

Operating within AECL Nuclear Laboratories, at the NRU reactor, the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) operates six neutron scattering instruments as an international user facility. The NRU reactor is a medium-flux, multipurpose thermal-neutron source that operates at approximately 100 MW. Each year, about one hundred neutron scattering projects are undertaken, supporting the R&D programs of more than two hundred research participants from industries, government laboratories and academia from across Canada and abroad. Over the past five years, CNBC research participants included more than 700 individuals from over 60 departments in about 30 Canadian universities and from over 100 foreign institutions in over 20 countries. While users and clients are welcome from across the spectrum of physics, chemistry, materials science, life science and engineering, the CNBC has developed special strengths and collaborative networks in selected areas, including:

  • thermo-mechanical deformation of materials;
  • solidification and crystallographic phase transitions;
  • residual stresses in engineering components;
  • structures and dynamics in quantum materials;
  • hydrogen storage materials;
  • thin magnetic films and multilayers;
  • membrane biophysics; and
  • electrochemistry and corrosion at surfaces.

More information about the CNBC and the Canadian neutron-scattering community can be found at www.neutrons.ca and www.cins.ca, respectively.

Job description

The Post Doctoral Fellow will work directly with the CNBC team, reporting formally to the Director. A CNBC researcher with relevant subject-matter expertise will serve as mentor and functional supervisor. Research topics will be established jointly between the candidate and the mentor. Science and technology outcomes are expected to be published in leading international peer-reviewed journals and scientific or technological conferences. Successful candidates will be provided an annual stipend of $55K + 4% in lieu of vacation. The duration of the fellowship is for two years, renewable for a third year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Candidates will be assessed for security clearance to access Controlled Area 2 at Chalk River, as a condition of offer of a post-doctoral fellowship.

The working environment includes the main floor of the NRU nuclear research reactor, which entails industrial hazards as well as radiation hazards. The candidate will be trained in safe practices in a radiation environment.

The CNBC facilities operate 24 hours per day seven days a week. On occasion, the candidate may expect to work irregular hours to accommodate the operational situation.

Requested Profile


  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in a physical science or
  • English-language proficiency is essential.

Dr. John Root

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a single pdf file to the CNBC Director, Dr.
John Root () including:

  • A letter, attesting to the candidate’s eligibility and research interests, up to two pages in length.
  • A curriculum vitae including a list of peer-reviewed publication references, conference paper titles, scholarships and awards.
  • Reprints of two representative publications
  • Contact information of at least two referees (e.g. supervisor, co-worker, client)
  • Evidence of being legally eligible to work in Canada

We appreciate all applications. Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted by a CNBC mentor to develop a project proposal, and receive guidance through next steps.

AECL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

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