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Fuel R&D Scientist – Molten Salt Fuel Expertise

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)
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Fuel Development Branch Manager

KeySource Thomas Thor has been engaged by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to fill the Fuel R&D Scientist with Molten Salt Fuel expertise position at the Chalk River Laboratories located in the Upper Ottawa Valley.  The R&D Scientist will contribute to CNL’s Fuel Development Branch which 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.

CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, serving Canada as an enabler of business innovation and technology transfer.  While viewed as a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology, and engineering, CNL is committed to ensuring that Canadians and the world receive energy, health, and environmental benefits from nuclear science and technology.

Role description

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.


  • Work in teams of professionals and technologist specializing in the characterization of fuel materials properties and behavior
  • 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


  • PhD in Engineering or Science from a university of recognized standing, or membership in an engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualification for membership in that organization
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical molten salt fuel experience in experimentation and/or properties of measurement
  • Strong knowledge of nuclear fuel, fuel characterization, fuel performance, and related topics
  • Strong background in the field of molten salt fuels
  • Experience in fuel performance of fuel properties modeling is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical reports
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and quality assurance in laboratory operations is essential
  • Strong computer and documentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise technical staff is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to present work to expert and non-expert audiences is an asset
  • Experience with proposal preparation, budget management, project activity planning and coordination is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal are essential

Contact Information:

KeySource Thomas Thor has been exclusively retained to conduct this search.  All information exchanged and related to this role is considered proprietary and will be managed through:

Tim Advent

Talent Acquisition Manager