Technical Officer (#22520)
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Chalk River, ON, Canada
2 months ago


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 and energy storage technologies and waste processing technologies.

The team’s objective is to support CNL’s Value Proposition through the S&T Programs (Energy, Environment, Safety & Security).

The team is actively involved in developing, assessing and facilitating commercialization of innovative leading edge technologies through 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, and in particular training to become a qualified member for tritium handling operations in the licenced 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.

Tritium and heavy water technologies :

Heavy water management / production / upgrading based on CNL’s catalyst technologies

Tritium handling

Tritium removal processes

Tritium adsorption on nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films

Fabrication of nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films

Fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic and betavoltaic devices

Characterization of thin films and nanomaterials

Hydrogen production, storage and safety :

Thermochemical hydrogen production using nuclear or renewable energy sources

Process development for hydrogen production using Copper-Chlorine Cycle

Electrochemical characterization of process steps in Copper-Chlorine Cycle

Development of components for unit operations in Copper-Chlorine Cycle

Low and High temperature electrolysers for hydrogen production

Hydrogen and electrical 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

Waste processing :

Management of radionuclides and chemical contaminants

Development of technologies for separation and segregation of wastes

Immobilization of liquid wastes

Extraction of valuable radioisotopes from wastes

Volume reduction of wastes for storage cost reduction

The position would require active involvement in many of the above areas as there is significant synergy among them.


Carry out all responsibilities safely and accurately by strictly following protocols and procedures

Work independently and / or in a team with minimum supervision following initial training

Supervise junior technologists and students in project work

Set-up and commission experimental and production facilities for R&D and commercial projects

Troubleshoot laboratory and experimental issues with minimum input from supervision

Formal training to become fully qualified for licenced facility (Tritium Facility) operation

Coordinate daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly activities related to routine laboratory operations such as equipment calibration, housekeeping and waste disposal

Excellent oral and written communication


Graduation from a recognized institute of advanced technology in a program of Chemical Technology, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering

At least six (6) to twelve (12) years of chemical engineering laboratory operation experience

Excellent working knowledge of analytical techniques and analytical equipment

Excellent knowledge of chemical laboratory practices and safety procedures

Well established computer skills with word processing and spreadsheet use

Knowledgeable in the QA requirements for R&D activities

CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities

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