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Education and Training courses

Publication of The Oxford Handbook of Nuclear Security

The first few chapters of The Oxford Handbook of Nuclear Security have now been published online:


This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles published online before print publication.

At this time, we cannot add information about unpublished articles in this handbook, however, the table of contents will continue to grow as additional articles pass through the review process and are added to the site.

Subject:  Politics

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Opportunities, Proposed PhD Topics

PhD position at Forschungzentrum Juelich

PhD Position – Investigation of the stability and corrosion behavior of uranium nitrides

Your Job:
Innovative nuclear reactor concepts are currently intensively discussed internationally.
For the operation of most of these concepts novel fuels are envisaged, in particular materials with a matrix of uranium nitride (UN) due to their good thermophysical properties. In addition to their suitability as nuclear fuel, the stability of the materials in contact with aqueous solutions, among other things, is of great interest for the safety assessment of a repository.

At IEK-6, such investigations are being carried out to maintain competence as part of the European collaborative project FREDMANS.
The work is carried out in close cooperation with European partners.

One focus is on the investigation of the oxidation behavior under conditions relevant for interim storage, as well as the conversion of the nitride matrix into an oxide matrix.

• Investigation of the oxidation of UN based materials
• Complete oxidation of the nitride matrix to an oxide matrix
• Influence of certain fission product types (Ln, PGM) on the oxidation of UN
• Influence of atmospheric composition on the oxidation of UN
• Development of thermodynamic and kinetic models to describe the oxidation of UN in collaboration with project partners
• Preparation of data and scientific interpretation of results
• Independent presentation of the results at scientific conferences and in scientific publications

Your Profile:
• Completed university studies (Master) in natural sciences, chemistry, physics, or related discipline
• Experience in the fields of radiochemistry, analytics, and materials science
• Practical experience with laboratory work, as well as willingness and ability to learn and develop these skills are essential
• Experience in handling radioactive materials is desirable
• Ability to work in an international multidisciplinary team
• Willingness to travel nationally and internationally on official business
• Strong motivation to complete the PhD within 3 years
• Very good command of written and spoken English

Last application date: 2023-05-31

A detailed description can be found HERE

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Research Associate in Fusion Thermal Hydraulics at UKAEA – Sheffield

The University of Sheffield are currently recruiting a Research Associate in Fusion Thermal Hydraulics.


Position: Research Associate in Fusion Thermal Hydraulics

University of Sheffield – Faculty of Engineering – Department of Mechanical Engineering

Project partner UKAEA
Location: Sheffield, UK
Salary: £36,333 to £44,414 per annum, with potential to progress to £48,423 (Grade 7)
Contract Type: Full time, fixed-Term for 36 months
Closes: 9th June 2023
Job Ref: UOS037214
Detail and application:
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Job Opportunities at CERN, Geneva

Fire Safety Engineer (ref. HSE-FRS-OP)

The CERN Fire and Rescue Service, part of the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) Unit is looking for a fire safety engineer working in tight collaboration with the CERN Fire Safety Engineering Team to enhance fire safety throughout the Organization that has already achieved a high level.
You will be involved in ensuring that existing and new premises comply with fire and emergency standards and grant CERN personnel and visitors, the surrounding environment and CERN assets the appropriate levels of safety.
You will work in a multidisciplinary and diverse team of firefighters, fire officers, engineers and physicists.
The skills and/or technologies you should have and/or know:
• Industrial safety, fire safety, fire prevention, fire risk assessment;
• International/Swiss/French fire regulations;
• Volunteer fire officer/firefighter in a local or industrial FRS will be an asset.
Area of Interest
Health, Safety and Environment


Maintenance Technician (ref. HSE-RP-IL)

After an on-the-job training period you will participate in performing a wide variety of activities related to radiation protection instrumentation, electronics and control systems.
These include the following forms of maintenance activities;

  • Preventative: from routine monthly operations to intensive 5 yearly calibration campaigns;
  • Breakdown: provide support to first line interventions teams to resolve onsite issues with a goal of minimising equipment down times and avoiding impact to accelerator or physics operations whilst maintaining safety integrity;
  • Corrective: aid in the deployment of software and hardware upgrades across all sites;
  • CMMS management.

You will also prepare documentation for the design, operation and maintenance of systems ensuring all maintenance documentation is kept up to date. Working onsite, you will provide support to project teams for the installation, cabling, commissioning and acceptance of new radiation protection systems.
The skills and/or technologies you should have and/or know:

  • Instrumentation and control or equipment maintenance or low voltage electricity or electro-mechanics;
  • Fault-finding methodologies and their application;
  • Maintenance management and its associated tools.

Area of Interest
Electrical or Electronics Engineering

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Job Opportunity at JRC Karlsruhe

Opportunity at JRC Karlsruhe

Code: 2023-KRU-S4001-FGIV-022714 – KARLSRUHE

FG IV Scientist – Exploratory Research Project – Exploitation of Critical rAw materials REcovered from nuclear FUEL wastes (CAREFUEL)

Deadline: 08/05/2023 23:59 Brussels time

JRC: Recruitment of grantholder, trainees, graduate trainees & auxiliary contract staff (


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ENEEP Autumn Reactor Physics Courses

Following the success of the demonstration courses organized in the framework of the ENEEP project, we are pleased to announce a new series of educational courses in the Autumn of 2023.
The courses will cover a selection of fundamental aspects of nuclear science and technology, including topics such as
  • reactor physics,
  • neutron detection,
  • isotope production,
  • criticality safety,
  • and neutron shielding
The courses will be structured as a short and intense dive into the fundamentals of each topic, providing participants with a comprehensive overview in a condensed timeframe. The courses represent a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience performing experiments in nuclear facilities or understand and enhance knowledge of computational methods and codes commonly used in nuclear technology.
The course duration is 4 days, with 2 full days dedicated to experimental activities at research reactors or nuclear laboratories.
The ENEEP autumn courses are organized in cooperation with the ENEN2plus project. Participants are therefore encouraged to apply for ENEN2plus Mobility Grant. Please, carefully read the ENEN2plus Mobility Manual.

The courses are the following:

Advanced reactor Physics (CTU) 17.10.2023 – 20.10.2023

Fundamentals of Isotope Production (UNIPI) 06.11.2023 – 09.11.2023

Workshop on Criticality Safety Calculations (STU) 27.11.2023 – 30.11.2023

Fundamentals of Neutron Detection (JSI) 04.12.2023 – 07.12.2023


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Job Opportunity at IAEA

Some highlights of the position


IAEA wish for: we are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated chemist who has preferentially experience with chemical separation mostly with actinides and also working with mass spectrometry.

Assets: experience working with radioisotopes, having experience in using radiometry measurement techniques (alpha, gamma), working in accredited laboratory and clean laboratory experience are assets.

What can IAEA offer? A professional position with emphasize on technical tasks and working in an international team with highly trained professionals at the IAEA Safeguards Environmental Sample Laboratory in Seibersdorf. The work is mostly carried out in the Clean Laboratory with trace level of U, Pu, Am, and Th bearing samples. The incumbent would be responsible for the sample preparation like digestion, separation and purification of cotton swipes, but also of soil and biota samples, screening with ICP MS, and reporting results for customers. Additionally, would be responsible for maintaining the laboratory equipment, doing procurement, method development, and quality control.

Deadline of application: 23rd April 2023



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Opportunities, Proposed PhD Topics

PhD position at Uppsala University

PhD student in applied nuclear physics, nuclear safeguards for SMR


This project is devoted to research on non-proliferation and safeguards aspects related to the introduction and possibly deployment of SMR:s in Sweden. Of particular interest is accounting for and verification of the nuclear material, which means that the reactors themselves are central, but that also that other issues related to e.g. the transportation and storage of fuel could become relevant. In this context, potential challenges include geographically distributed and even transportable reactor systems, systems located at non-traditional sites, and nuclear materials and reactor operations that differ from current commercial large-scale light water reactors. Safeguards solutions need to be comprehensive, cost-efficient, robust, make efficient use of safeguards resources and be as non-intrusive as possible on plant operations. The main objective of this project is to provide safeguards concepts and solutions to ensure that safeguards requirements can be met during development, assessment and licensing of SMRs. The project will also research methods and equipment suitable for safeguards verification of the fuel cycle activities for modular reactor systems. Although this project focuses on the introduction of SMRs in Sweden, the research is highly relevant for the implementation of safeguards on an international level, through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as on a regional and national level.

Research tasks include studies of selected SMR concepts to better understand safeguards considerations and challenges associated with all parts of the fuel cycle. This may include aspects related to national legislation, deployment scenarios, operation modes, logistic and storage considerations and fuel recycling. The objective is to better understand what implications the deployment of SMRs and or Advanced Modular Reactors could have on nuclear safeguards, from both a technical and non-technical perspective. This work could benefit from considering proliferation assessment studies, diversion pathway analysis or studies on material attractiveness. The research is furthermore expected to include analysis of (national) needs in terms of e.g. new facilities, new logistical solutions and new instruments/approaches/methods. This part of the project is related to the societal impacts of deployment of SMRs, and the work is foreseen to be done in collaboration with other partners and working groups in ANItA.

Another major part of this project is research on the characterization of material flows of fresh and irradiated fuels, and assessments related to future fuel use in the SMRs, as well as safeguards-relevant process materials streams. It is expected that the PhD student will model and simulate for instance used nuclear fuel as well as the detection of radiation from the fuel in order to draw conclusions about how to best verify the nuclear material. This research is expected to also include the use of machine learning methods for data analysis. Also this part of the project will be executed in collaboration and cooperation with other partners and working groups in ANItA.

Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/1069

Last application date: 2023-05-02

A detailed description can be found HERE

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Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Pathways: intensive introductory course for graduate and post-graduate students of engineering disciplines

SIPRI and the European Union Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) are pleased to host a second installment of the intensive introductory course on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), mechanisms to control their further spread and pathways to disarmamentThe course will take place on 25 May 2023 online.

Dedicated to graduate and postgraduate students of nuclear and aerospace engineering disciplines, the course will cover the fundamentals of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, as well as of missiles and other means of WMD delivery; threats associated with the military use of WMD and potential terrorist uses of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) material (i.e. CBRN terrorism); arms control treaties; WMD-free zones; non-proliferation treaties and means of their verification; export controls; and mechanisms aimed at achieving disarmament. The course will also discuss the role of the nuclear and aerospace industries in preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons.

The course will be instructed by renowned experts on WMD non-proliferation, arms control, disarmament, export controls, verification and related subjects from SIPRI and other European research centres, think tanks and international organizations.

Additional information about the course and the application process is available here.

You can browse the main website, at the following link: HERE