Materials engineer (Senior Materials Scientist)

Chalk River, Ontario (CA)
$109,500 - $136,800 per year
August 13 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Other Corporate
Job Type
Senior Scientist

Business: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)

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

Title of Position: Materials engineer (NOC 2142)

Terms of employment: Permanent, full time

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: $109,500 - $136,800 per year

Language of work: English

Benefits: Eligible for merit increases in accordance with company policy. Also includes Health, Dental, Vision, Supplementary and Basic Life Insurance, Disability Benefit, Pension Plan, Relocation allowance.

Number of Vacancies: 1

Location of work: Chalk River ON

Contact Information: Katie Sutherland, Talent Solutions Advisor

Telephone Number: 613-584-3311

By Mail: 286 Plant Road Chalk River Ontario K0J 1J0

Fax Number: 613-584-1996


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The Materials & Mechanics Branch performs metallurgical examinations, material surveillance and cracking experiments of irradiated and un-irradiated reactor materials.  The capabilities of the branch include failure analysis, fracture mechanics, delayed hydride cracking, environmentally assisted cracking and material surveillance.  As a member of the Materials and Mechanics Branch, the selected candidate will work with a team of experienced Professional and Technical staff responsible for R&D, principally in the area of nuclear reactor material.  This will involve the development of test programs through participation in industry-wide working groups.  Programs will include testing of removed reactor components as well as development and testing of laboratory‑controlled specimens.  In addition, he/she is expected to enhance the fundamental understanding of material properties for irradiated materials.  Most of the work will include participation in contract R&D for third parties.  As such, the candidate will be expected to work with industry groups to confirm, expand or revise the property databases used in reactor fitness‑for‑service guidelines.

Job Duties:

  • Define the mechanical testing of irradiated pressure tube and other nuclear reactor materials,
  • Perform metallurgical failure investigation of reactor components,
  • Define the mechanical testing of unirradiated materials,
  • Development of new material testing concepts,
  • Establish the required measurement parameters including calibrations and acceptance criteria for testing,
  • Lead complex research projects in the area of material science,
  • Supervise junior engineering and technical staff,
  • Evaluate the mechanistic understanding of materials (metals) behavior,
  • Prepare various technical documents, including test reports and assessment reports, analysis reports,
  • Project management of research projects,
  • Overall technical responsibility for various aspects of pressure tube surveillance work,
  • Provides novel solutions to problems,
  • Resolves complex multi-disciplinary problems,
  • Influences company’s strategic technical direction,
  • Other duties as assigned by the Branch Manager or Section Head.

Skill Requirements:


  • PhD in Materials Engineering or Material Science from a university of recognized standing.
  • Or membership in an engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualifications for membership in that organization.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 12 years of experience is required in some combination of material science, failure investigation, stress corrosion cracking, fracture mechanics, material modelling, experimental techniques and laboratory management.
  • A minimum of 10 years of industry experience as a metallurgist in the Light Water Reactor industry (pressurized water reactor or, boiling water reactor) is essential.
  • Experience in failure analysis of nuclear reactor components and long-term material ageing issues of light water reactor systems and components is required. 
  • A strong knowledge of mechanical testing, corrosion, fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, or welding is required.
  • Knowledge in fractography, weld microstructures, ferrous metallurgy and nickel alloys would be an asset.
  • Should have the experience in managing technical projects and supervise junior engineering, technical, and administrative staff.
  • Experience in design/development of new experimental method/ test rigs for material testing would be an asset.
  • Experience with testing of irradiated materials would be an asset.
  • Experience using advanced characterization tools such as FIB, TEM, EBSD, nano-indentation would be an asset.
  • General knowledge of zirconium alloys would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge of the nuclear design codes & standards (ASME, CSA) would be an asset.
  • Good organizational and work planning skills is essential.
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills to manage and motivate a team of professional and technical staff.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, maintains a clear focus on team goals, and establishes good rapport with groups and individuals of many diverse professions.
  • Skilled in preparation of cost estimates for research projects, and management of projects including scope schedule and budget management. Familiarity with preparing and executing commercial proposals would be beneficial.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated publication history.



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