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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 two postdoctoral researchers in the broad areas of actinide chemistry and repository science. Both positions are physically located at the University of Notre Dame, but require 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 first position is aligned with the Actinide Center of Excellence (ACE), a multi-institutional initiative between the University of Notre Dame, Washington State University, Oregon State University, the University of Minnesota, and Northwestern University. We seek a highly motivated recent PhD to contribute in the synthesis and characterization of plutonium oxide clusters and related materials. Candidates are sought who have demonstrated expertise, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, in areas including, but not necessarily limited to: inorganic synthesis; X-ray diffraction and scattering; and spectroscopic analysis of solutions and solids.

The second 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 to either position, 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. 

​​​Actinide Science at Notre Dame