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​​​Actinide Science at Notre Dame

Postdoctoral Positions in Actinide Chemistry and Repository Science


The Hixon Research Group within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher in the broad area of repository science. The position is physically located at the University of Notre Dame, but requires extensive collaboration with partner institutions. Therefore, the applicant should demonstrate success working as part of a team. In addition, postdocs are expected to publish their results in peer-reviewed publications and contribute to internal reports to the U.S. Department of Energy and other stakeholders. Prior experience working with actinides is desired, but not required.


The position is aligned with the Los Alamos Actinide Chemistry and Repository Science team that is affiliated with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) TRU repository.  This position will primarily support ongoing research to provide a strong scientific basis for the WIPP repository safety case in the areas of environmentally-relevant actinide brine chemistry and actinide redox behavior.  There remain many fundamental questions on the high-pH speciation and redox behavior of multivalent actinides in the environment.   Repository science is an inherently international field and work/experience within the international community is desirable but not required.  Candidates are sought who have demonstrated expertise, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, in areas including, but not necessarily limited to: mineral synthesis; sorption, complexation, and solubility processes; and geochemical or thermodynamic modeling (e.g., PHREEQC, FITEQL).

For further information or to apply, please email Professor Amy E. Hixon (ahixon@nd.edu). Applications must include a letter detailing your qualifications and research experience, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for at least three persons willing to provide professional references. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until all positions are filled.