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Postdoc – Systems-based approaches in nuclear verification – Concepts, models and simulation


Non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons requires verification of whether states are complying with corresponding agreements. At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Nuclear Waste Management (IEK-6), we develop approaches and procedures for international nuclear material safeguards and nuclear disarmament verification. Become part of our interdisciplinary team and contribute to solving current and future challenges of nuclear verification. Join the BMBF-funded joint project VeSPoTec, in which an interdisciplinary team of natural scientists, sociologists and political scientists is investigating the complex interactions of technology, politics and cooperative behavior in nuclear verification and is establishing a regional center for integrated interdisciplinary verification research: https://vespotec.rwth-aachen.de

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Your Job:

We are looking for a postdoc to further develop system-based approaches to nuclear verification, possibly building on our earlier work on the topic (e.g. doi:10.1002/nav.21689, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-29537-0). The aim is to better identify the specific challenges of nuclear verification and to draw up solutions and concrete recommendations for action.

Your tasks in detail:

  • Analysis, aggregation and visualization of future challenges of nuclear verification, with particular consideration of verification procedures
  • Contribution to the development of verification scenarios (e.g. safeguards under crisis/conflict situations; irreversible, multilateral disarmament verification)
  • Analysis and assessment of the role and quality of verification-relevant data and information in the verification scenarios
  • Description and modeling of the relevant systems in the verification scenarios, visualization and development of procedures for the analysis of the verification-relevant data and information
  • Simulation of different verification concepts and evaluation

Your Profile:

  • Successfully completed Master`s degree or PhD in applied mathematics, computer science, physics, nuclear engineering, or in another relevant natural or engineering science
  • Experience in mathematical modeling and simulation of complex systems
  • Knowledge in one of the following fields: nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, disarmament verification
  • Independent and committed way of working
  • Strong ability to work in a team as well as interest in and ability for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Very good communication skills in English, spoken and written

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the opportunity to actively help in shaping change. Here is what Forschungszentrum Jülich can offer you:

  • A large research campus in a forested area, offering fantastic opportunities for networking with colleagues and pursuing sporting activities alongside work
  • Developing the potential of our employees is important to us, which is why we offer individual professional development opportunities
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy supported by our Equal Opportunities Bureau
  • Flexible working hours in a full-time position (39 hours/week) with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Flexible work arrangements, e.g. in the home office in coordination with the supervisor and in accordance with required presence appointments
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  • Exploration and preparation of next career opportunities, supported by our Career Center & Postdoc Office: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/career-center-postdoc-office

We offer you a position initially limited until 31.03.2026. Salary and social security benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund), pay group 13, depending on your current qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to you.

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 19.07.2023