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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geochemistry/Radiochemistry job with KHALIFA UNIVERSITY

Purpose of the position

  • To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication, thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.
  • From the postdoctoral experience is transitional to become an independent researcher or faculty member, the postdoctoral does his best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance his career with the guidance of the advisor. These skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and results in a persuasive style, both orally and in writing, the ability to understand managing a group of research and supervision of others, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to organize and teach a class or course if more career-inclined teacher.

Key roles and responsibilities

Strategic responsibilities

  • Perform laboratory and field experiments, including integral and separate-effect experiments, to describe surface radionuclide retention/transport and radionuclide transfer factors in representative plants.
  • Obtain experimental parameters describing the retention/migration of radionuclides in the environment.
  • Study sorption balances, rock characterization, water characterization, soil characterization, soil/plant interaction and transfer properties of radionuclides of interest in an area of ​​interest.
  • Assess the transport of radionuclides in a range of surface water and shallow groundwater systems by tracking the migration of radionuclides through terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Assist in transport modeling in radiological impact assessments of a radioactive waste geological repository.
  • Analyze model outputs with experimental data, available in the literature, to generate scientific results and science-based recommendations.
  • Independently undertake research in the relevant disciplinary area using appropriate methods and/or techniques.
  • Produce research reports and publications as required by the funding agency and for dissemination to the wider academic community.
  • Collaborate with research colleagues and support internal staff as required by the activity.
  • Develop appropriate external contacts and networks relevant to the project and future funding opportunities.
  • Attend, contribute and, if necessary, lead relevant meetings.
  • Undertake any other task relevant to the activities of the research group.

Operational responsibilities

In this project, experiments will be carried out to understand the environmental impact of radionuclides produced by fission and neutron capture reactions occurring in nuclear reactors. The environmental impact, an important aspect of the demonstration of the safety case, involves the transfer of radionuclides (surface, underground) in the near and far field and their reaching humans via the food chain and drinking water. In addition, understanding the fate of radionuclides in the environment is valuable to the field of radioactive waste management, another critical aspect of the success of a nuclear energy program. Disposal of radioactive waste involves the interactions of radionuclides and the geosphere under surface geological conditions (disposal of short-lived intermediate and low-level waste) and deep (eg disposal of long-lived high-level waste). The objectives of the project are to obtain experimental parameters describing the retention/migration of radionuclides in the environment which will ultimately be used for modelling.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a detailed cover letter to: [email protected]

Supervisory Responsibilities



Qualifications and experience

Qualifications required

  • A PhD in geochemistry/radiochemistry or a closely related discipline.
  • Strong expertise in radiological, chemical and physical characterization of surface retention/transport of surface radionuclides, and transfer factors to plants.
  • Good expertise in batch sorption, percolation and diffusion experiments.
  • A strong motivation and a strong will to actively participate in experiments and numerical modeling as well as to propose and undertake initiatives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; effective interpersonal skills to work effectively within a scientifically diverse team.
  • Ability to successfully report and publish research findings in first quarter journals.
  • A good knowledge of nuclear power plants is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Good programming skills with C/C++, Python and Fortran are desired but not required.

If you need further assistance or have any problem with the online application, please do not hesitate to contact the recruitment team ([email protected]).

Main location: KUK – Khalifa University

Use: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Program: Usual

Gap: Standard

Type of employment: Full time