Archive for December, 2013

Summer Course: Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is pleased to announce the 3rd installment of the Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security Summer School. The course will provide students with a unique understanding of nuclear security challenges faced by operators in the field and expose students to the technical foundations, analysis, and insight that will be required by future leaders in technology development and applications relevant to nuclear security missions.

The course is designed for graduate students in science and engineering programs with interest in careers within the US national laboratory system or federal government agencies responsible for nuclear security.

Experienced upper-level undergraduates will also be considered. Only students that are US citizens are eligible for the course.

Please visit the website ( for more information regarding the PNNL Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security Summer School.

The summer school course will run from June 16-27, 2014.

For more information please email Robert Runkle at or call 509.375.1966


Associateship Programs at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Areas of research at NIST – Opportunity at NIST with High-Flux Research Reactor design optimized for cold neutron experimental facilities and fueled with low-enriched uranium

Location: NIST Center for Neutron Research located in Gaithersburg, MD

The NBSR is a 20-MW research reactor operated by the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) as a neutron source providing beams of thermal and cold neutrons for research in materials science, fundamental physics, and nuclear chemistry.

The NBSR is one of five research reactors in the US using high-enriched uranium fuel (HEU) preparing to convert to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel, when a suitable fuel has been developed and certified for use. Fabrication of fuel plates with an alloy of uranium and molybdenum has encountered technical challenges; however, delaying fuel conversion at least a decade and perhaps to 2029 when the current operating license expires.

NCNR is exploring an alternative replacement reactor for the NBSR, designed to operate with LEU fuel and to optimize the performance of multiple cold neutron sources to illuminate 20 to 30 neutron guides. A conceptual design of a compact reactor core will be the focus point of discussions regarding the initial suite of cold neutron scattering instruments and other capabilities needed to serve the user community for the next half century. The design will include the core geometry, fuel-management scheme, cold sources, control elements, a thermal-hydraulic analysis of the primary cooling system, and a preliminary safety analysis. It is possible a 40-50 MW reactor could be built adjacent to the NBSR site so that existing office and laboratory space can be used.

What: Post-Doc opportunity at NIST for a nuclear engineer. Open to US. citizens only.

When to apply: Applications are due by February 1, 2014. (This agency only participates in the February and August interviews.)


NIST in Gaithersburg, MD:

Ms. Danni Dressel,   301.975.2722
Dr. Susan F. Heller-Zeisler,   301.975.3111
Dr. Claire Saundry,   301.975.3069

NRC Program Administrator

Dr. Ray Gamble,   202.334.2787


Robert Eugene Williams,   301.975.6876

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