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Opportunities, Proposed PhD Topics

33 PhD topics available at SCK CEN

Available PhD topics at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

Within the Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems:

Within the Institute for Environment, Health and Safety:

Within the Institute for Nuclear Materials Science:

Basic Information

  • Domain : Nuclear Science and Technology
  • Country : Belgium
  • Organisation : SCK CEN

Important deadlines

Deadline for applications: March 31, 2021
First step: selection based on application file: April 30, 2021
Second step: oral presentation on the research topic: May 19, 20 and 21, 2021
Notification final result (the latest): June 30, 2021
Standard start date (earliest): October 1, 2021

More info HERE

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Opportunities, Proposed PhD Topics

PhD positions at CHALMERS University of Technology

Phd positions for nuclear chemist/chemist

Information about the division and the research
Chalmers University of Technology’s Department of Chemistry has about 300 employees which are working within four research divisions and one administrative unit.

The division of Energy and Materials hosts the research group of Nuclear Chemistry / Industrial Materials Recycling comprising 8 senior scientists as well as 11 PhD students and postdocs, headed by two professors in Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling. The research group is highly international and has a wide international network.

Besides the research on material interactions in reactors at elevated temperatures, the group is specialized in aqueous chemistry and solvent extraction used for both recycling of materials and nuclear applications.

In the field of nuclear chemistry, there are four major research areas: 1)  novel nuclear fuels for the generation IV nuclear power systems, 2) radionuclide release from severe nuclear accidents, 3) partitioning and transmutation of spent fuel, and 4) final repository of radioactive waste. The nuclear chemistry research facilities are unique for an university in Europe, with a dedicated alpha laboratory for nuclear fuel research and a gamma lab with “hot cell” and irradiation source. In addition, there are several radiochemistry laboratories for trace-level work.

More information about the groups can be found on the webpage:

Basic Information

  • Type : Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a  maximum of five years.
  • Domain : Nuclear Chemistry
  • Country : Sweden
  • Organisation : CHALMERS University of Technology

Opportunity details

The full proposals can be found here:

PhD student position in High temperature material degradation in LEAD/BISMUTH eutectic melts,

PhD student position in Radiolysis and nuclear fuel dissolution,

PhD student position in Tellurium interactions with organics,


Application deadline: 25 February, 2021

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Job Opportunities at Joint Research Center JRC-Geel

Position for: FGIV- Project Officer – Scientific Research

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at:

The mission of the JRC Directorate G for Nuclear Safety and Security is the implementation of the JRC Euratom Research and Training Programme, the maintenance and dissemination or nuclear competences in Europe to serve both “ nuclear “ and “non-nuclear” Member States, strong cooperation and complementarity with their national organisations is of key relevance.
JRC Directorate G supports the relevant policy DGs with independent, technical and scientific evidence in the areas of nuclear safety, security and safeguards. Directorate G is also an active key partner in international networks and collaborates with international organisations and prominent Academia and Research Institutes.
Unit G.2 provides high-quality reference nuclear data, measurement standards, science-based policy advice and training in support of EU policies related to nuclear safety, security and safeguards. It operates two accelerator-based nuclear data facilities, an underground laboratory, a radionuclide metrology and nuclear reference materials laboratories. The unit cooperates closely with international organisations and offers relevance-driven open access to its research infrastructure for external researchers from EU Member States and countries associated to the Euratom Research Programme.

Basic Information

  • Type : 36 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years
  • Domain : Nuclear Safety and Security
  • Country : Belgium
  • Organisation : JRC

Opportunity details

The full proposals can be downloaded here:

2020-GEE-G2-FGIV-015989 FG IV – Project Officer, Scientific Research

2020-GEE-G2-FGIV-015988 FG IV – Project Officer, Scientific Research


The deadline for applying is 01/03/2021 23:59 Brussels time for both positions.

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Job opening: Experimental Physicist specialized in neutron radiation at PTB Braunschweig

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the National Metrology Institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with scientific and technical service tasks. It furthers progress and reliability in metrology for society, the economy and science.

Department 6.4, Neutron Radiation, of Division 6, is looking for an experimental physicist with a doctorate starting on 1 March 2021.

This position will initially be available on the basis of an 18-month fixed-term contract. After demonstrating your abilities for the job, it is planned that the position will become permanent. The place of employment is Braunschweig.
The remuneration can reach up to remuneration group 14 TVöD Bund depending on your qualifications.

To download the description in pdf format, click here

Basic Information

  • Type : 18 months fixed-term with possibility of extension
  • Domain : Nuclear Physics, Neutron radiation
  • Country : Germany
  • Organisation : PTB

Opportunity details

Your tasks:
• Research and development activities in the field of neutron metrology and neutron spectrometry involving tasks such as further developing primary and secondary measurement methods at the monoenergetic neutron reference fields
• Carrying out research projects and acquiring new projects involving third-party funding within the scope of the department’s research focus. Current activities include projects on the determination of reference cross sections and on metrology of high-energy neutrons (> 20 MeV). These projects are carried out in collaboration with international partners at CERN and in South Africa.
• Representing the department at the international level, intensifying and developing the department’s research cooperation projects
• Providing services for external customers in the fields of neutron metrology and neutron dosimetry
• Mentoring postdocs, doctoral candidates, guest researchers, and students
• Responsibilities in the field of radiation protection, eventually taking over the tasks of the radiation protection officer of the ion accelerator facility in a few years

Your profile:
• You have successfully completed your university studies of physics, with a focus on nuclear physics, and have obtained a doctorate degree with very good success.
• Proof of independent scientific work through publications as first author
• You have extensive knowledge and experience in several of the following fields: nuclear physics, nuclear data, neutron physics, metrology and data acquisition systems in nuclear physics, Monte Carlo simulations, programming skills, data analysis methods and deconvolution procedures, dosimetry of ionizing radiation, accelerator technology, as proven by means of publications, testimonials or comparable documents.
• You have experience in working in international research groups and experiments at large nuclear research institutions as well as in raising third-party funds and in implementing third-party projects.
• You are a team player with excellent communication skills.
• You are willing to do tasks as a radiation worker in controlled areas.
• You are willing to travel within Germany and abroad within the scope of your assignment.
• You have an independent and well-structured working style, good organization skills, and enjoy experimental work.
• You have an excellent command of both spoken and written German and English.
• You are able to motivate scientific and technical staff, and you have a cooperative approach to management. You will demonstrate these abilities within the scope of an assessment center.

The department’s ion accelerators are operated in shifts, usually from 7 am until 10 pm. As the experimental manager, you have to be present approx. 10 % of your working time in the late or the night shift.


For further information with regard to this position, please contact:

Dr. R. Nolte, phone: +49 531 592-6420, e-mail:

Click here to learn more about our department.

PTB promotes the professional equality of women and men and is thus especially interested in applications from women.
Within the scope of the official feasibilities, PTB offers flexible part-time work schemes in order to support in particular the compatibility of work and family life. Disabled persons will be given priority if they have the same occupational aptitude.

Are you interested? Then we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Please send your application using our online application form or by post to:

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Referat “Personal”
Reference number 20-378-6
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via e-mail.

The closing date for applications is 4 January 2021.