Netherlands: PhD in Computational Nuclear Reactor Physics at Delft University of Technology

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Analysis of nuclear reactor core power distributions is important for safety assessment and for optimisation of economy. The determination of such power distributions is traditionally based on a computational approach involving homogenisation. The recent widespread use of mixed oxide fuel and the development of innovative Generation-IV reactors require a new approach. This PhD project, which will be carried out in close collaboration with an industrial partner, aims at developing new calculational approaches for high fidelity reactor core simulations, with a focus on solving the fundamental problem of spatial heterogeneity. The activities of the student will include (1) exploration, rigorous analysis and further development of a recently introduced new approach to inhomogeneous problems, and (2) implementation of the techniques in a simulation platform as well as application of the methods to industrially relevant problems.


We are looking for an outstanding candidate with an MSc degree in applied physics, nuclear engineering or applied mathematics. The successful candidate has a top 20% ranking during his/her BSc and MSc studies. You are a flexible team player capable of working with others but also independently. You have a problem-solving, pro-active, result-oriented work attitude. Previous experience in modelling and (developing) simulations is highly desirable. An affinity for computer programming is a necessity. Excellent communication skills including a good command of the English language (written and spoken) are required.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Danny Lathouwers, phone: +31 (0)15-2783148, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 1 March 2014 to Dr. Lathouwers,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWRST13-051.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Applied Sciences

The Department of Radiation Science and Technology (RST) ( focuses on fundamental research with radiation for energy and health. Applications range from nuclear reactors for energy and isotopes production, new materials for future energy conversion and storage systems, new production routes and applications of radionuclides, and sensors and instrumentation for radiation detection and imaging. In experimental research, extensive use is made of the research facilities of the Reactor Institute Delft, where the department is housed, as well as of large, international research facilities.

The Nuclear Energy and Radiation Applications (NERA) section focuses on the research and design of innovative nuclear reactors and fuel cycles, including thorium, aiming at improved sustainability and safety of nuclear reactors. Our research covers experimental, computational and theoretical studies in reactor physics, thermal-hydraulics and fuel cycle chemistry.

Additional information

Danny Lathouwers
+31 (0)15-2783148

Technische Universiteit Delft

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