Industrial Doctoral Student, characterization of nuclear waste at Vattenfall AB

The position as an Industrial doctoral student is a collaboration with the department of Nuclear physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. This project is financially supported by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research.
PhD project description: Advanced Radwaste Characterization Prototype
As an industrial doctoral student from AB SVAFO at KTH you are expected to primarily focus on your PhD project. The project aims at developing a prototype system for advanced characterization of low and intermediate level nuclear waste predominately packaged in legacy waste containers. The work involves research and development of the Neutron Gamma Emission Tomography (NGET) technique developed by the team at KTH as well as combinations with other established techniques for imaging and characterization of nuclear waste.
At SVAFO you will work with our experts in radiophysics, chemistry and waste management in investigations, planning and execution of measurement campaigns concerning various waste forms. The work may also involve investigations on applicability and evaluation of new or existing technologies for characterization as well as handling and processing equipment for radioactive and potentially chemically complex wastes.
Scope of work
  • Development of photon and neutron detection for imaging and analysis of radioactive materials
  • Implementation of test rigs to simulate various waste forms
  • Research & development on a prototype system with a high degree of automatization and throughput
  • Planning and co-ordination of measurement campaigns
  • Measurements, evaluation and reporting of results for various waste forms
  • Analysis of suitable techniques and processes for handling of radioactive waste

Qualifications
  • Master of Science, or the equivalent
  • Experience with techniques for characterization of radionuclides and hazardous waste is meritorious
  • Experience with signals, sensors and systems technology is meritorious
  • Proficient in English with a strong intent to learn Swedish during the PhD studies

The position requires well developed analytical skills and attention to details as well as a strong safety awareness.
Eligibility
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following: passed a degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
What we offer, an exciting and rewarding employment at SVAFO in combination with a PhD position at the department of Nuclear physics, KTH. You will be given a great deal of individual responsibility for planning and combining your work and study duties. The studies are expected to result in a doctoral degree within four years or at the latest within five years.
Location, Studsvik ca 100 km south of Stockholm Sweden, and KTH (Stockholm) for the work related to the PhD studies.
We welcome your application, including CV and cover letter via the link below, no later than 7th of February 2022. As we may conduct interviews on an ongoing basis, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please note that we do not accept applications sent via e-mail.
For more information about the position you are welcome to contact:
Erik Hellsten, Head of Technologies, AB SVAFO, erik.hellsten@svafo.se
Dr. Anders Puranen, Industry supervisor, AB SVAFO, anders.puranen@svafo.se
Prof. Bo Cederwall, Main supervisor, KTH, bc@kth.se
For more information about the recruitment process you are welcome to contact recruiter Ann Nilsson +46 702 18 77 90.
Trade union representatives: Thomas Rådeby (Unionen), +46 10 472 19 80 and Fredrik Ekenborg (Sveriges Ingenjörer) +46 10 472 19 44.
Our organization
AB SVAFO is a not for profit company that is funded by the Studsvik Fund, the Nuclear Waste Fund and by its owners. The owners of AB SVAFO are the Swedish nuclear power utilities Ringhals, Forsmark and Oskarhamn, we are part of the Vattenfall group.
At Vattenfall, we are convinced that striving for diversity & inclusion helps building a more attractive, efficient, customer centric and profitable company. Therefore we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, religious belief, gender identity & expression, sexual identity, disability and ethnic background.
Vattenfall is one of Europe`s largest electricity generators and producers of heat. We operate in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Our strategy is to reduce emissions from power generation with a roadmap aiming at achieving climate neutrality by one generation.
Since Vattenfall is part of the Swedish critical infrastructure many of our positions are security classed. If this position is security classed the final candidates can be subject to a security vetting process, according to the Swedish legislation.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation.
Research and teaching conducted at the Department of Physics span from basic science topics in condensed matter physics, biophysics, mathematical physics, atomic, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics to applied areas such as medical imaging, nuclear reactor physics, nuclear reactor technology and nuclear power safety.
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