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M/F Doctoral student in physics

This offer is available in the following languages:
Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : vendredi 14 octobre 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR7178-REGSOM-128
Workplace : STRASBOURG
Date of publication : Friday, September 23, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : NOURREDDINE Abdel-Mjid
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 November 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Subject of the thesis : Radioactivity induced by high energy photons
The missions of the candidate will concern the study of induced radioactivity in products irradiated by energy photons.
Monte Carlo simulations based on GEANT, MCNP coupled to FISPACT, FLUKA will be performed in order to estimate the threshold reaction rates and to trace the induced radioactivity in standard products of known composition. Simulation calculations will be compared with experimental measurements by high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry in situ and in the laboratory using an anti-Compton system.
The PhD student will work at the interface of several disciplines: nuclear instrumentation, reactor physics and Monte Carlo numerical simulations.

The candidate will have :
- a background in experimental subatomic physics or reactor physics, holding a Research Master's degree or an Engineering School degree.
- mastering the English language in written and spoken (at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ) in order to be able to write reports of results and present them at meetings and conferences

Work Context

The "Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien" (IPHC), a joint research unit under the joint supervision of CNRS and the University of Strasbourg (UMR7178), is a multidisciplinary laboratory where research teams from different scientific cultures (ecology, physiology and ethology, chemistry and subatomic physics) develop very high level programs based on scientific instrumentation. The IPHC is structured into 4 departments and has a total staff of 393 staff including 257 permanent staff (ie 119 researchers and teachers / researchers and 138 engineers and technicians), 46 staff on fixed-term contracts and 90 doctoral students.
The Thesiswill be attached to Ecole Doctorale Ecole Physique et Chimie-Physique (ED 182), of Strasbourg University and is part of collaboration between DeSIs (Dosimetry Simulation Instrumentation) team of IPHC and the start-up TRANSMUTEX located in Geneva, Switzerland, which develop a reactor based on the fission of thorium and Accelerator-Driven System (ADS) technology.
For more than three decades, usage of cyclotrons for clean nuclear energy production and nuclear waste disposal has been discussed based on the ADS. This promising technology will give an important impulse to the development of cyclotrons with energy and power far superior to those used in the medical field. Indeed, the cyclotrons used for the production of medical isotopes and for radiotherapy have an energy of about 10 MeV and a current of less than 1 mA. On the other hand, the cyclotrons used in an ADS system should have an energy around GeV and a current up to 10 mA. The common problem of all cyclotrons and particles accelerators is the activation of the different components which must be considered in the operation phase as well as in the dismantling phase.

Constraints and risks

The multidisciplinary and collaborative context of this project requires that the candidate has a strong motivation, a curiosity to broaden his field of expertise, autonomy and an ability to work in a team with strong constraints to meet deadlines.

Additional Information

Applications should include a detailed CV with a reference and a cover letter

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