WANTED: PhD Students, 2014-2015

NOTE: Deadlines are December 15, 2014 (MAE) and December 1, 2014 (WWS)

The Nuclearfutures Laboratory has openings for graduate students interested in studying interdisciplinary problems related to nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear disarmament verification. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree through the Nuclearfutures Laboratory can either apply for a PhD program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) or for a PhD program in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS/STEP).

Here is a summary of our current areas of research:

Nuclear Disarmament Verification. Our research focuses on new concepts and technologies that can help support verification approaches for nuclear disarmament in two main areas: the treatment of fissile materials in future arms-control regimes and the verification of nuclear warheads slated for dismantlement. We are also part of the new Consortium for Verification Technology and PhD projects could involve internships at a U.S. National Laboratory.

Research on disarmament verification places a strong emphasis on warhead counting and on verified nuclear warhead dismantlement, which might become necessary for deep-cuts arms control regimes. We pursue several technical approaches in this area. Our work combines neutron physics, computer modeling, and experimental work at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

Nuclear Power. Our research explores the shapes of alternative nuclear futures looking in particular at emerging technologies, many still in the R&D stage, that may be potential game changers for nuclear power. The main emphasis is currently on analyzing and assessing proposed small modular reactor (SMR) designs, which are potentially better suited for a modern electric grid with more distributed power generation and could also offer increased safety and security through underground siting. Some designs also envision much longer core-lives and promise lower proliferation risks.

Please write to Alexander Glaser if you have questions about admission procedures, the Laboratory’s activities and possible topics for a thesis.

WANTED: PhD Students. Again.

The Nuclearfutures Laboratory has openings for graduate students interested in studying interdisciplinary problems related to nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear disarmament verification. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree through the Nuclearfutures Laboratory can either apply for a PhD program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) or for a PhD program in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS).

See the PROJECTS section on this site for more details about ongoing research at the Laboratory. Please write to Alexander Glaser if you have questions about admission procedures, the Laboratory’s activities and possible topics for a thesis.

Postdoc Position Opening: Nuclear Warhead Verification

A postdoctoral or more senior research position is available with Princeton University’s Nuclear Futures Laboratory, an initiative of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Program on Science and Global Security of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The position will involve independent and collaborative research to support an active project on nuclear warhead verification, including experimental work at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Monte-Carlo computer-modeling, and validation of experimental and simulated data. Additional responsibilities will include work with and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the group and project support of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. Applicants should have a PhD in nuclear engineering or the physical sciences and have expertise in radiation detector technologies and verification approaches. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest in policy issues related to nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and funding. The salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis commensurate with experience. Applications should apply online at jobs.princeton.edu (#1200676) and include a cover letter, resume, 2–3 sample publications, and names of three references. Application review begins November 1, 2012, and continues until position is filled.

Individuals with evidence of experience in scholarly research in the prescribed areas are encouraged to apply. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

WANTED: PhD Students

The Nuclearfutures Laboratory has openings for graduate students interested in studying interdisciplinary problems related to nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear disarmament verification. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree through the Nuclearfutures Laboratory can either apply for a PhD program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) or for a PhD program in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS).

See the PROJECTS section on this site for more details about ongoing research at the Laboratory. Please write to Alexander Glaser if you have questions about admission procedures, the Laboratory’s activities and possible topics for a thesis.

Some helpful links:

Applying to Princeton: Graduate School and and CollegeNET.

About a PhD in MAE: Admission and MAE Graduate Handbook (awaiting update).

About a PhD in the WWS: Overview, Curriculum, and Requirements. There are five principal fields (or clusters) in the Woodrow Wilson School’s PhD program; note, in particular, the PhD in Public and International Affairs with a focus in Science, Technology, Environment and Policy (STEP).