For one of our clients, a world leader in nuclear science and technology, I am currently in search of a Fuel R&D Scientist to join their Fuel Development Branch in Canada. The client is offering a permanent position.



Role description

The tasks are multi-disciplinary, and include interfacing with staff from: Fuel Fabrication S&T group, Recycle Fuel Fabrication Laboratory (RFFL), hot-cells, physics, thermal hydraulics, safety, analytical chemistry, surface science group, etc.


  • Work in teams of professionals and technologists specializing in the characterization of fuel materials properties and behaviour;
  • Develop capabilities for Molten Salt Fuel characterization and properties measurement;
  • Measure physical and thermo-physical properties of nuclear fuel materials, including molten salt;
  • Develop processes to characterize non-irradiated and irradiated fuel materials;
  • Work effectively on multiple projects in parallel;
  • Perform in-depth data analysis and prepare documentation;
  • Write technical reports and publish in open-literature high-caliber journals;
  • Provide progress reports against deliverables for R&D and commercial projects;
  • Communicate with stakeholders and contribute to technical peer reviewed publications;
  • Contribute to R&D planning and provide technical review and definition of work scope;
  • Provide direction to technical personnel;
  • Contribute to the safe operations of fuel laboratories;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Branch Manager or Section Head.

Essential skills

  • PhD in Engineering or Science 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;
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical molten salt fuel experience in experimentation and/or properties measurement;
  • Strong knowledge of nuclear fuel, fuel characterization, fuel performance, and related topics;
  • Strong background in the field of molten salt fuels;
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical reports;
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and quality assurance in laboratory operations is essential;
  • Strong computer and documentation skills;
  • Experience with proposal preparation, budget management, project activity planning and coordination is an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal are essential

Desired skills

  • Experience in fuel performance or fuel properties modeling is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise technical staff is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to present work to expert and non-expert audiences is an asset;



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Thomas Thor Associates is a consulting and recruitment organisation providing services to the global nuclear sector. We represent nuclear industry experts and provide them to our clients for either freelance contract assignments or permanent staff positions.

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