Do you want to play a significant role leveraging your nuclear or radiation experience to perform simulations and experimental analysis related to radiation transport, physics of nuclear systems, radiation shielding, and radiation dose rates?  All of which depend on the accurate modelling of radiation interactions, which may in turn depend on nuclear materials composition, neutron activation of structural materials, fission chain criticality and other radiation source terms.


Role description

Building on your background in the field of radioactive materials and research, you will work on scientific projects leveraging your professional experience and technical skills to propose novel and valuable work, develop interest and foster support for funding, and oversee the execution of work in the Nuclear Response and Analysis Branch. You will provide supervision, guidance, and technical contributions to assure the desired outcome of the project, and to facilitate the dissemination of results via internal documents, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.

This is a permanent position to be based in Chalk River, Ontario Canada.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills

You will be planning, performing analysis and documentation of scientific, engineering, and technical work, which includes:

    • Work planning and supervision for simulation, analysis or other technical efforts, and project management within expectations of work scope, budget, and schedule.
    • Plan the use of simulation codes, analytic methods, or other professional tools to achieve project goals.
    • Write and/or present analysis results and technical reports, and presentations prepared for a committee or other forum as appropriate.
    • Review, verify and collate the results in the reports of technologists.

Perform scientific research and technological development:

    • Prepare draft proposals for scientific analysis or related work on topics of interest to the management team or external stakeholders.
    • Lead projects for scientific work in Nuclear Systems, maintaining budget, scope, and quality of work.


  • Collaborate with members across the business and manage and mentor junior staff and guide through business processes.
  • Interact (written, verbal, presentations) with representatives from external organizations, customers, and agencies, to establish professional working relationships and develop funding opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities and prepare strategies for developing and acquiring resources for current and future demands, balancing effort against other costs to optimize efficiency in work planning and execution.
  • Advise on strategic direction, planning, and coordination of major research programs, including hiring.

Essential skills

  • A Graduate Degree (Master’s or PhD) in a relevant engineering (e.g., nuclear engineering) or science (e.g., physics) discipline 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 PhD is preferred.
  • Completion of post-doctoral studies is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10-15 years’ relevant work experience in physics research, nuclear science and technology development, radiation laboratory supervision or similar professional environment.
  • An established patent or publication history.
  • Proven leadership experience leading scientific and technical staff in the accomplishment of scientific endeavours and in the application of applied research for internal or external customers.
  • Experience in a resource planning capacity is highly preferred.
  • Strong technical problem-solving skills, particularly with multi-disciplinary teams and challenges.
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills and experience presenting technical information to varied audiences such as project teams, working groups, committees, business unit managers, or stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills, with an ability to lead or advise on research projects and provide technical guidance to other scientists.
  • Ability to obtain codes from RSICC (i.e., not born in or a citizen of a country on their restricted list).
  • Knowledge of general-use software such as Excel, Word, and P6.
  • Knowledge of software specific to the field of radiation transport and interactions with matter, such as MCNP, ORIGEN or GEANT4, and the background knowledge required to use them well.
  • Programming ability and experience suitable to the creation of software for technical applications, or to patch existing scientific software to adapt it for novel applications. Experience with Python, C++, or FORTRAN are assets.
  • Comfortable using a UNIX/Linux computing environment.

Desired skills

A more junior candidate may be considered also as the team is growing and we welcome applications from excellent Research Scientist professionals.


To be discussed with the candidate.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, we can only consider applicants who are eligible to work in Canada and who are already located in the country.



As a Senior Recruitment Consultant, I connect local and international professionals to our clients which include nuclear regulators, operators, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and research organizations.

Priya Shah