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The Nuclear Verification and Disarmament Laboratory, sponsored by a FREIGEIST-fellowship of the VolkswagenStiftung, is a new junior research group that conducts research on verification approaches to make progress on nuclear disarmament. The research lies at the crossroads of experimental physics, computational nuclear engineering as well as the social sciences. It seeks to develop new "nuclear archaeology" tools to reconstruct how much weapons-usable materials have been produced in the past. More information: https://www.aices.rwth-aachen.de/en/about-aices/about/institutes/nuclear-verification-disarmament.

The Laboratory is part of the graduate school Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES), which conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematics, computer science and engineering. The Laboratory also works together with the III. Institute of Physics B, which conducts research in the field of experimental particle and astroparticle physics.

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We are looking for a highly motivated research assistant with excellent scientific skills to pursue a doctorate in physics. You are excited to work within an interdisciplinary and young research team, and to apply your technical skills to help make progress on international peace and security. You are ready to apply your capabilities and commitment as a team-player to contribute to building up a new research group, while working with the support of experienced advisors.

A prerequisite is a university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in physics or a related field with an above-average record. Applicants who will have their degree in hand at the time of the appointment can also apply. Very good English skills, or very good German and good English skills are required. Further, knowledge is required in three or more of the following areas:
- Experimental nuclear physics or nuclear engineering
- Programming
- Statistical methods
- Mathematical optimization
- Coupled differential equations
- Fuel depletion calculations
- Monte Carlo radiation transport simulations
- Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament

In addition to a letter of motivation, a CV and your academic transcripts/records, you can prove your capabilities by submitting a letter of recommendation. Applications can be submitted in German or English.

Your responsibilities

Plutonium is produced in reactors and must be subsequently separated from the reactor fuel in reprocessing plants, producing radioactive waste. Information on past production can be obtained today by measuring isotopic concentrations of radioactive waste and structural material samples from shut-down reactors. The aim of your work is to develop techniques to reconstruct complex plutonium production histories. To this end, you develop algorithms based on the so-called depletion equation and on statistical methods. You also use computer simulations and examine measurement techniques.

As part of your doctoral education, you will to a limited extent be involved with teaching on topics related to your research.

What we offer

The successful candidate will be employed as a public servant.
The position is to be filled as soon as possible and for 3 years.
The standard weekly hours will be 25,93. The salary corresponds to 65 % of a EG 13 TV-L position.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to level TV-L EG 13.

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a Family-Friendly University.
We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University.
The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

Application deadline: Extended to 15 December 2017

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