Engineering Scientist (Fuel R&D Scientist)

Chalk River, Ontario
$89,100 - $89,800
November 19 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Other Corporate

Company Information:

Business: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)

Business address: 286 Plant Road Chalk River, Ontario K0J 1J0

Location of work: Chalk River, ON

Title of Position:   Fuel R&D Scientist (NOC 2148)

Number of vacancies: 1

Terms of employment: Permanent, full time

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: $89,100 - $89,800 per year

Language of work: English

Benefits:  Includes health, dental, vision, supplementary and basic life insurance, disability benefit, pension plan, merit increase, relocation allowance.

Contact Information: Katie Sutherland, Talent Solutions Advisor

Mail: 286 Plant Road Chalk River Ontario K0J 1J0

Telephone: 613-584-3311

Email Address:

Please send all resumes to Katie Sutherland at

The Fuel Development Branch develops technologies for fabrication of advanced nuclear fuels, measures fuel material properties, fabricates and irradiates fuels in research reactors, and conducts post-irradiation examinations to study the fuel performance characteristics. 

The activities of the Fuel Materials Section include the thermophysical properties measurements of nuclear fuel and other materials. These measurements are required to support the development of advanced fuel materials, evaluate performance, inform safety evaluations, and increase thermal properties knowledge. Tasks are multi-disciplinary, and include interfacing with staff from: Fuel Fabrication S&T group, Recycle Fuel Fabrication Laboratory (RFFL), hot-cells, physics, thermal hydraulics, safety, analytical chemistry, surface science group, etc.

Job Duties:

  • Work in teams of professionals and technologists specializing in the characterization of fuel materials properties and behaviour;
  • Develop capabilities for Molten Salt Fuel characterization and properties measurement;
  • Measure physical and thermo-physical properties of nuclear fuel materials, including molten salt;
  • Develop processes to characterize non-irradiated and irradiated fuel materials;
  • Work effectively on multiple projects in parallel;
  • Perform in-depth data analysis and prepare documentation;
  • Write technical reports and publish in open-literature high-caliber journals;
  • Provide progress reports against deliverables for R&D and commercial projects;
  • Communicate with stakeholders and contribute to technical peer reviewed publications;
  • Contribute to R&D planning and provide technical review and definition of work scope;
  • Provide direction to technical personnel;
  • Contribute to the safe operations of fuel laboratories;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Branch Manager or Section Head.

  • Conduct research, develop processes, programs and equipment to expand fundamental knowledge in the applied sciences and engineering and to support advanced engineering and scientific applications  

Skill Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of molten salts for nuclear applications, microstructural characterization techniques such as SEM, EDX and XRD

  • Demonstrated ability to write technical reports, open literature publications, and present work to international audiences;

  • Knowledge of organizational management systems and their influence in safety and quality practices is essential;

  • Strong computer and documentation skills for data analyses using mathematical software such as MatLab and Origin;

  • Demonstrated ability to supervise technical staff is an asset;

  • Demonstrated ability to present work to expert and non-expert audiences is an asset;

  • Experience providing business consulting services to large industries is an asset;

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal are essential


  • PhD or PhD candidate in Engineering or Science from a university of recognized standing

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years of experimental investigation and modelling of thermo-physical properties of molten salts for nuclear applications, including, but not limited to nuclear fuel;
  • Strong background in the field of molten salt fuels including experience in the preparation and handling of samples that are corrosive and radioactive;
  • Experience in fuel performance is an asset.



CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.