Hydrogen-metal compounds, so-called hydrides, can form in the zirconium-based cladding tubes of nuclear fuel rods. They may affect the rods’ mechanical properties that is important for nuclear safety. The project aims to investigate the hydrides characteristics as a function of hydrogen concentration and thermomechanical influence, using combination of electron microscopy and large-scale facility techniques such as high-resolution neutron radiography HR-NI and synchrotron X-ray diffraction SXRD.
Your tasks will be:
- Hydrogen loading of test samples and thermomechanical testing
- Support the experiments at large-scale facilities
- Processing/analyses of the data produced at beamlines
- Understanding the hydrides characteristics
- Reporting and results presentation
- Studies in materials science, nuclear engineering, physics or a similar field
- You hold a Bachelor, but have not yet completed your Master
- Interest in nuclear materials, starting knowledge in diffusion and thermomechanical behavior of materials
- Experience in metallography and microstructure analysis are advantageous
- Proficiency in English, knowledge of German is a plus
- You are communicative and enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary international team
Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration.
The contract will be limited to three months.
For further information, please contact Okan Yetik, phone +41 56 310 45 34 or Dr Liliana Duarte, phone +41 56 310 21 16.
Please submit your application online for the position as a Trainee (index no. 4602-T1).
Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Patrizia Meister ,5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland