The incumbent will be part of a well-established team of professionals and technologists specializing in the fields of tritium and heavy water technologies, hydrogen safety, catalyst development, and hydrogen and energy storage technologies. The team’s objective is to support CNL’s Value Proposition through the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate Structure (Advanced Reactors, Hydrogen & Tritium Technologies, Isotopes Radiobiology & Environment, Reactor Fleet Sustainability, and Safety & Security). The team is actively involved in developing, assessing, and facilitating the commercialization of innovative leading-edge technologies through the Business Development and Commercial Ventures Organization at CNL.

The main mandate/function of the incumbent’s position is in carrying out experimental work in the above area, as well as training to become a qualified member for tritium handling operations in the licensed facility. The incumbent will be responsible for delivering on commitments on Federal S&T as well as Commercial Projects. The incumbent is expected to develop and maintain core competencies for emerging opportunities in the above and related fields. The following are general areas of branch activities:

  • Heavy water management/production/upgrading based on CNL’s catalyst and process engineering technologies
  • Tritium handling in a licensed facility
  • Tritium removal processes
  • Tritium adsorption on nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films
  • Fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films for photovoltaic and betavoltaic devices

Hydrogen production, storage, applications, and safety:

  • Thermochemical hydrogen production using nuclear or renewable energy sources

Process and component development for hydrogen production using Copper-Chlorine Cycle

  • Low and High-temperature electrolyzers for hydrogen production
  • Electrochemical characterization of processes
  • Hydrogen and other energy storage methods, distribution, and network optimization
  • Applications of hydrogen in fuel cells, transportation, etc.
  • Hydrogen safety in nuclear and non-nuclear applications

Catalyst technologies:

  • Deployment of CNL’s catalyst technologies for nuclear and non-nuclear applications


  • Carry out all responsibilities safely and accurately by strictly following protocols and procedures
  • Initial responsibility – on-the-job training under the supervision of a senior/experienced staff member
  • Formal training to become fully qualified for licensed facility (Tritium Facility) operation
  • Production of CNL’s proprietary catalysts on small and large scales for various applications
  • Completing daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly activities related to routine laboratory operations such as equipment calibration, housekeeping, and waste disposal coordination
  • Setting up experimental and production facilities for R&D and commercial projects
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Handling toxic and hazardous chemicals, flammable and explosive gasses, and radioactive materials


  • Preference will be given to candidates who have graduated from a recognized institute of advanced technology in a field relevant to the position (Chemical Technology, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering), or equivalent formal education
  • OR Secondary School Graduation Diploma or equivalent and normally has more than 3 years pertinent experience or the equivalent in experience, additional education, and/or training.
  • Experience in chemical laboratory practices and safety procedures
  • Some chemical engineering laboratory operational experience
  • Working knowledge of chemical analysis techniques and equipment
  • Basic computer skills with word processing and spreadsheet knowledge
  • Knowledgeable in Quality Assurance requirements in lab activities
  • Good technical writing skills

Ability to:

  • learn under supervision to design experiments and develop procedures
  • troubleshoot technical/experimental problems in a laboratory environment
  • make decisions to ensure safety in the laboratory
  • make sound decisions and recommendations based on scientific understanding, simulation, and experimental results and observations
  • make sound decisions based on current and previous work carried out at CNL and information obtained from the literature
  • articulate and convince others of his/her decisions and recommendations
  • maintain excellent records of work
  • communicate clearly with subordinates, colleagues, supervisors, and managers
  • provide accurate and concise observations and results for technology development and commercial activities

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.

We offer a complete total rewards package:
o paid time off (vacation, sick, floater & personal);
o benefits effective day one, that’s right no waiting period;
o tuition support
o and a pension!

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 the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by movingwaldo.com.

About CNL:
CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization and a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications. Using our unique expertise, we are restoring and protecting the Environment, we are advancing clean energy technology, and our medical breakthroughs continue to improve the health of people around the world.Our Priorities:

  • Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
  • Restore and protect the Environment.
  • Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders, and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture 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 inform the Talent Acquisition Specialist with whom you are in contact. 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 its 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.