Saturday, September 5, 2015

Western University: Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel Waste Behaviour

The Department of Chemistry at Western University invites applications and nominations for an NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Industrial Research Chair in nuclear fuel waste behaviour. The Chair will be co-funded by NSERC and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The goal of the Chair is to provide the scientific framework and numerical database required to support nuclear waste disposal performance assessment models with a primary emphasis on an understanding of the corrosion processes occurring in spent nuclear fuel or alternative waste forms, and in nuclear waste containers under the conditions expected to prevail in a deep geologic repository site. The primary emphasis will be on (i) the influence of the chemical environment within the site on the corrosion behaviour of the container; and (ii) the evolution of redox conditions within a failed container and how they influence fuel corrosion leading to radionuclide release.

The successful candidate, who is expected to work closely with the nuclear industry, will be an outstanding and innovative researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact as evidenced by a superior record of attracting research funding, publications in high-quality, field appropriate journals, production of technical reports for industry or government, and a track record of supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The candidate must have a PhD in Science or Engineering. S/he should be internationally renowned with an extensive knowledge of corrosion science and engineering. The successful candidate should also have, but is not limited to, extensive experience in a number of the following disciplines: electrochemistry, the chemistry and microscopy of materials, the chemistry of aqueous systems, and surface analytical methodologies. An ability to develop an understanding of fundamental processes is considered essential. Experience in collaboration with industry is an important asset. The Chair is also expected to contribute to the teaching mission in the Department of Chemistry and to the training of undergrad and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.

The Department of Chemistry ( is a large, research-intensive department with strong programs in many areas of chemistry and with interdisciplinary links to research groups in other departments in the Faculties of Science and Engineering. The Department already has strong ties with the nuclear industry.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization was established in 2002 under the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act ( The company’s mandate is to collaborate with Canadians to develop and implement a management approach for the long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel that is socially acceptable, technically sound, environmentally responsible, and economically feasible.

The appointment will be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor and is contingent on approval of NSERC. Interested applicants should submit an application package, including a curriculum vitae, one-page statement listing experience or interest in professional and/or leadership programs, to:

Professor Bryan Neff, Associate Dean (Research)
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5B7, Canada
Please ensure that the form available at
is completed and included in your application submission.

Applications will be considered starting July 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Western University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

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