The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2100 people.
For the Severe Accident Research Group in the Reactor Physics and Thermal-Hydraulics Laboratory we are looking for a
- Development and qualification of plant models of light water reactors for scientific support related to severe accident management guidelines and/or source term assessments and accident progression analysis
- Application of uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis methodologies for severe accident simulations
- Enhancements of severe accident code chemistry models including validation against experiments and coupling with GEMS thermodynamic package
- Publication of scientific results in journals, technical reports and presentations at scientific meetings
- Assistance to the group head in preparation and execution of research projects
- Supervision of PhD, master students, trainees including teaching activities on beyond design basis accidents
We are looking for a team player able to work independently with strong experience in severe accident modelling and simulations with the MELCOR code or equivalent codes. The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in nuclear engineering or equivalent field. A solid background of severe accident and source-term retention phenomenology is expected, as well as experience in statistical methods for uncertainty and sensitivity analysis. In this context, proficiency in programming and scripting would be an asset. Also, a certain familiarity with chemistry would be useful. Very good command of English is required and knowledge of German would be beneficial.
Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.
This is a Tenure Track position. The employment contract will initially be limited to 3 years.
For further information please contact Dr Detlef Suckow, phone +41 56 310 41 45.
Please submit your application online by 31 October 2019 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a scientist (index no. 4104-00).
Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Michael Dorn, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland