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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, UIUC

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois, US
Full-Time, Benefits-Eligible, 12-month basis
Posting live until
25 Jun 2024

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The Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles research group (ARFC), led by Prof. Katy Huff, seeks exceptional candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. For more details, please find the official position description at .

The ARFC group in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursues novel insights into nuclear energy challenges through advanced computational methods and simulations at many scales. Our work involves the development and use of computational tools to advance the safety and sustainability of nuclear energy production through improved reactor designs, fuel cycle strategies, and waste management techniques. The group specializes in the development of multiscale multiphysics methods for advanced reactor modeling and simulation. The successful candidate will assist in the continuation of these research efforts, take leadership in scholarly work, contribute to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, support research administration activities, and participate in the development of funding proposals. The postdoctoral research associate will interact and collaborate with all members of the group to identify relevant work, design research, develop software, analyze data, and publish results.

Required qualifications include:

  • A PhD in nuclear engineering, physics, computer science, or related field received by the appointment start date and within the last 10 years.
  • Experience in open-source software development, high performance computing, and reproducible scientific computing. 
  • Familiarity with modern tools and methods for neutronics of advanced reactor systems.
  • Familiarity with best practices in open-source scientific computing.
  • Interest in AI/ML and the use of GPU-accelerated architectures.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate is a full-time, benefits-eligible position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2024, but is negotiable. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date (July 15, 2024); however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names/contact information for three references by July 15, 2024 to Prof. Katy Huff at

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. The UofI participates in in the federal e-Verify program and participates in a background check program focused on prior criminal or sexual misconduct history. Find the full position description at


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