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Recruitment for a Senior Post Doctoral Fellow
(Fixed Term Researcher)
(Nuclear Science and Engineering Center)

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    1. Available positions

      One position

    2. Recruitment theme

      Study on advanced methodology for neutronics/thermal-hydraulics coupling simulation.
      Neutronics/thermal-hydraulics coupling calculations are required for core design and safety analysis of light water reactors. Recent advances in computer hardware and software technologies enables us to perform very accurate calculations with a single-physics code of neutronics or thermal-hydraulics. There have, however, been difficulties to perform high-hidelity and high-precision coupled calculations of neutronics and thermal-hydraulics.
      In this study, the senior post doctoral fellow develops an advanced coupling methodology, where the Monte Carlo methods are used for neutronics calculations and the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is used for thermal-hydraulics calculations. For neutronics Monte Carlo (MC) codes, he/she develops 1) a method to calculate efficienty all regions in the core, 2) a method to process efficiently all the regions with different atomic densities and temperatures, 3) an acceleration method for large-scale calculations of items 1) and 2). He/she also develops a mapping method of MC combinatorial geometry and CFD mesh geometry. Futhermore, he/she investigates convergence of neutronics/thermal-hydraulics coupling calculations.

    3. Division assigned to

      Research Group for Reactor Physics and Standard Nuclear Code System
      Nuclear and LWR Engineering Division
      Nuclear Science and Engineering Center
      Japan Atomic Energy Agency

    4. Place of employment

      Japan Atomic Energy Agency
      2-4 Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195, Japan

    5. Salary, etc…

      Salary commensurate with the applicant’s work experience, Social Insurance, Commutation allowance, Partial housing allowance. Dormitory is also available.

    6. Terms of employment

      Contract term: One year
      (The contract term can be extended up to five years upon annual evaluation of research achievements.)
      Should you achieve outstanding results during your temporary employment, you could be offered a position as a tenured reseacher.

    7. Trial employment period

      6 months

    8. Holidays

      Weekend (Saturday and Sunday), National holidays, Year-end through New Year holidays, Paid holidays

    9. Qualification requirements

      (1) Ph.D.degree. In principle, having work experience for more than one year as a full-time teacher, a full-time researcher, or a post-doctoral fellow.

      (2) (2) It is requested that the applicant has abundant knowledge and experience on reactor physics and Monte Carlo methods. Preferably having experience and knowledge of thermal-hydraulics codes.

    10. Required Documents

      (1) Curriculum Vitae (using JAEA form) (PDF, WORD)

      (2) Document of the accomplishment on your major field (using JAEA form) (PDF, WORD)

      (3) Research career history, a list of publications in which your name is underlined, and copies of major papers (in size A4, free format)

      (4) Certificate of Ph.D degree (copy)

      (5) One or two letter(s) of recommendation written by senior researcher who well knows your research and personality.
      * Physical signature is necessary for each recommendation letter.
      * Including one from the current supervisor is better.
      * Letter(s) written by JAEA employee will not be accepted.

      (6) Consent for the Treatment of Personal Data (PDF, WORD)
      * This item (6) applys only to residents in any one of EEA member countries, namely a member country of the EU, and Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway.

    11. Deadline for submission of application

      December 24, 2021

    12. Address of submission of application

      Write in subject [Application for Senior Post Doctoral Fellow in 2022 (Nuclear Science and Engineering Center) (applicant name)].
      Attach all necessary documents in PDF format. We cannot accept when requirement is incomplete.
      E-mail: jinji-saiyogenkaken11@jaea.go.jp

    13. Application screening

      Applicants will be screened based on their submitted documents.
      The screening result will be notified to the applicants via e-mail.
      Note that application documents will not be returned.

    14. Recruitment examination

      (1) Examination of research achievement (presentation using PowerPoint file or etc. and Q&A)

      (2) Interview

    15. Date of recruitment examination (planned)

      January, 2022

    16. Place for Recruitment Examination (planned)

      Nuclear Science Research Institute,
      Japan Atomic Energy Agency,
      2-4 Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195, Japan


      Via Web meeting system specified by JAEA

    17. Result of Recruitment Examination

      The result of recruitment examination will be notified to the applicants in writing.

    18. Starting date of employment (tentatively)

      April, 1, 2022

    19. Travel Expenses

      We will refund your travel expenses for the recruitment examination according to the JAEA’s administrative rules. Detailed information will be provided to the applicants.

    20. Contact persons

      Personnel Section,
      Personnel Department,
      Japan Atomic Energy Agency
      TEL:+81-29-282-6030 FAX:+82-29-282-5819
      E-Mail: jinji-saiyogenkaken11[at] jaea.go.jp (Replace [at] with @ )

      (Reference related to the recruitment field)
      Dr. Yasunobu Nagaya, Group Leader,
      Research Group for Reactor Physics and Standard Nuclear Code System
      Nuclear and LWR Engineering Division
      Nuclear Science and Engineering Center,
      Japan Atomic Energy Agency
      TEL: +81-29-282-5337
      E-Mail: nagaya.yasunobu [at] jaea.go.jp (Replace [at] with @ )

    21. Points to note

      (1) The successful applicant is supposed to submit medical in English certificate taken within 6 months (including height, weight, eyesight, urinalysis, chest X-ray).

      (2) The successful applicant without Japanese Nationality is required to obtain a necessary visa status to work in Japan by the date of adoption.

    22. Dealing with personal Information

      We will use personal information only for the screening process. It will also be used for employment management for those employed. The information of the unsuccessful applicants will be discarded a year after the submission.