Postdoctoral Appointee – Modeling & Engineering
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Location: Lemont, USA
- Job Number: 7187417 (Ref #: 416656)
- Posting Date: Oct 20, 2023
The Strategic Security Sciences Division is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral appointee to join the Science & Technology Integration Group. This position would leverage experience in several technical fields including but not limited to environmental transport phenomena, sensor design and engineering, and nuclear chemistry. The individual will: 1) Contribute to the modeling of resuspension phenomena; 2) Design laboratory and field experiments to measure resuspension of dust; 3) Design and build sensor platforms to improve laboratory and field measurement of resuspension; 4) Perform analyses that relate experimental results to suggested improvements to current practice; 5) Present the data at scientific meetings and meetings with sponsors and publish results in the peer review literature; and 6). Develop research ideas that address gaps in our nation’s ability to recover from a incident of national security.
In this role, you will:
Be working with SSS staff to apply and extend existing computational models for transport and dispersion in the built environment.
Design experiments and apply indoor facility transport and dispersion to analyses.
Design experiments and apply urban outdoor transport and dispersion analyses.
Prepare graphical representations of data and materials for sponsor meetings and conferences.
Publish and present work as appropriate.
Perform literature review on parameters important to the production of resuspended dust and methods of its measurement in the lab and in the field.
Plan and conduct resuspension measurements in the lab setting and in the field.
Prepare measurement plan based on evaluation of current particulate matter monitors and sensors.
Collect, analyze, and report (written and oral) results to the scientific community.
Set up and perform analyses for specific scenarios of hazardous material releases in urban areas (indoor and outdoor).
Collect and analyze experimental airflow and particulate/gas concentration data, including conducting detailed analyses of past studies in urban areas.
Summarize results in the form of peer-review papers or government reports.
Develop new ideas in the areas of deposition and resuspension of particulate material, and transport and dispersion in general.
To be considered you must have:
Ph.D. in physics, mechanical engineering, nuclear science, environmental engineering, or a closely related field soon-to-be completed or completed within the past three years.
Knowledge of nuclear engineering principles
Experience operating air particle monitors and sensors including coding, maintenance, theory of operation, state of the art COTS systems, operating ranges and limitations.
Experience conducting experiments to measure resuspension of dust.
Experience in handling radioactive and nuclear materials.
Experience conducting experiments to measure the partitioning of elements and chemicals between solids and liquids.
Proficiency in common computer codes such as Python.
Proficiency in running plume and dosimetry models.
Expert understanding of the current and past experiences in measuring the resuspension of dust and radioactive materials due to human activity.
Knowledge of fluid dynamics and a basic understanding of turbulent dispersion as it relates to pollutant transport.
Research experience in one or more specialized areas of nuclear science and engineering.
Experience in computer programming and scripting.
Ability to participate in and/or lead teams in field studies in urban areas.
Desire to publish results in peer-review journals and conference proceedings.
Ability and willingness to travel (once a month or less).
Problem solving skills and a self-starter with a strong work ethic.
Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication.
Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork.
U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident required because of program requirements of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in nuclear science and engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field at the Ph.D. level with zero years of employment experience.
Job FamilyPostdoctoral Family
Job ProfilePostdoctoral Appointee
Worker TypeLong-Term (Fixed Term)
Time TypeFull time
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