2024 Fall Student – Process Student


Position Number 416
Security Clearance Class 2 (A) Reliability Status
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world-renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this Fall then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.

Department: Deuterium and Tritium Technologies Branch
Number of Positions: 1
Duration:  4 months (beginning in September)
Discipline:  chemisty, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics at a recognized university.
Year of study: Students having completed at least three years of study.
Location: Chalk River, ON

All students applying for student positions at CNL must be returning to full-time studies upon completion of their work term. Exceptions will be made for students who require a work term in order to graduate. Students must submit a resume, cover letter, and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of May 26th, 2024 @11:59pm to ensure consideration for student employment.  The employment period generally runs from the beginning of September to the end of December (for a 4 month work term).

Security clearance eligibility required: Reliability Status which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom. CNL implements security screening in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat “Standard on Security Screening” and the “Policy on Government Security”.

Process Student
The position is a process student working in the Deuterium and Tritium Technologies Branch.  The group conducts research in handling and processing two heavy isotopes of hydrogen:  deuterium and tritium.  Deuterium gas is used as a tracer in many systems, while deuterium oxide (heavy water) is the moderator and coolant used in CANDU nuclear reactors.  Tritium is the radioactive form of hydrogen, and one of its many uses is the fuel for a fusion reactor.  The position involves experimental work associated with heavy water processing, including heavy water production, heavy water upgrading (removal of light water from heavy water), and processes that can removal tritium from either light water or heavy water.  Heavy water and tritium processing is part of the fuel cycle for a fusion power plant.  Other branch activities include research on tritium interaction with materials, using tritium as a low output power source, and novel methods of tritium monitoring and detection in solids, liquids and gases.

What you will be doing!
The student will be involved in the following activities:
•    Operation of experimental systems that test the performance of hydrogen isotope exchange catalyst
•    Operation of experimental systems that conduct Quality Assurance testing on manufactured catalyst
•    Operation of experimental systems that test the performance of hydrogen oxygen recombination catalyst
•    Maintenance and calibration of equipment within the test systems.
•    Analysis and interpretation of data from experimental systems using software tools.

What we are looking for:
•    Experience working in a chemical process laboratory will be an asset
•    Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
•    Good skills with Microsoft Office suite of products; experience with Visual Basic for Applications in Excel an asset.

Are you in this field / program? 
Applicants should be students in chemisty, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics at a recognized university.at a recognized university. Students having completed at least three to four years of study.

Why CNL? 
Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you? We’re reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.

Do Our Priorities Resonate with You?
•    Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
•    Restore and protect the Environment.
•    Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL’s Chalk River laboratory is nestled in the Ottawa Valley and affords our employees an area that is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills and numerous small lakes, all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the Canadian Shield.  Many surrounding towns, such as Pembroke, Petawawa and Deep River provide you with unparalleled outdoor adventures at your doorstep!  In fact, Deep River was named as the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by movingwaldo.com.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.  Read here further on our DE&I Commitment.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture that is built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please indicate via our ATS when applying. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.