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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Research Scientist

Canada-Ontario-Chalk River


Company Information

CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. CNL is a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering.

Highly skilled employees enthusiastically deliver a range of nuclear services – ranging from research and development, design and engineering to specialized technology, waste management and decommissioning.

Today, CNL continues its commitment to ensure that Canadians and the world receive energy, health, and environmental benefits from nuclear science and technology with confidence that nuclear safety and security are assured.

Job Description


The incumbent will be part of a well-established team of professionals and technologists specializing in the fields of tritium and heavy water technologies, hydrogen and energy storage technologies and waste processing technologies. The team's objective is to support CNL's Value Proposition through the S&T Programs (Energy, Environment, Safety & Security). The team is actively involved in developing, assessing and facilitating commercialization of innovative leading edge technologies through Business Development and Commercial Ventures Organization at CNL.


The main mandate/function of the incumbent's position is in the development of processes in the above areas, leading projects on process optimization, feasibility studies, conceptual designs and process designs. The incumbent will apply process engineering expertise to a range of experimental work in lab to pilot scale systems. The incumbent is expected to develop and maintain core competencies for emerging opportunities in the above and related fields. The following are general areas of branch activities.


Tritium and heavy water technologies:

  • Heavy water management/production/upgrading based on CNL's catalyst technologies
  • Tritium handling
  • Tritium removal processes
  • Tritium adsorption on nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films
  • Fabrication of nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films
  • Fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic and betavoltaic devices
  • Characterization of thin films and nanomaterials


Hydrogen production, storage and safety:

  • High temperature steam electrolyser for hydrogen production
  • Preparation of electrode materials
  • Characterization of electrode materials
  • Thermochemical hydrogen production using nuclear or renewable energy sources
  • Fabrication of components for Copper-Chlorine Cycle for hydrogen production
  • Electrochemical characterization of process steps in Copper-Chlorine Cycle
  • Surface characterization of electrodes
  • Hydrogen and electrical energy storage methods
  • Hydrogen safety in nuclear and non-nuclear applications


Catalyst technologies:

  • Deployment of CNL's catalyst technologies for nuclear and non-nuclear applications


Waste processing:

  • Management of radionuclides and chemical contaminants


The position would require active involvement in many of the above areas as there is significant synergy among them.



  • Support the team involved in process engineering activities related to the branch technical capabilities through application of chemical engineering principles and process simulation packages
  • Identify and apply suitable equipment to carry out the various operations in thermochemical and electrochemical hydrogen production processes under development at CNL
  • Carry out cost optimization of processes for heavy water production/upgrading, tritium removal and hydrogen production and storage
  • Support experimental testing to validate process developments
  • Produce technical reports and research papers
  • Supervise technical and professional staff as required in the above areas



  • Proficiency in fundamentals of engineering – chemical thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mass/heat transfer
  • Proficiency in mathematical modelling
  • Masters in Engineering or Science, preferably PhD, from a university of recognized standing, or membership in an engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualification in that organization.
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite is required
  • Previous experience in applied research in an industrial, institutional or academic setting is desirable
  • Postdoctoral or work experience in related fields

CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Contact Information

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Morgan Lapierre
Posting Date: 03-Aug-2017Science and Research Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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