Microscopy Specialist

Date: 30 Jun 2024

Location: Torino, IT

Company: newcleo

Role Description
We are looking for a Microscopy Specialist who will play an active role developing innovative nuclear materials for newcleo’s Lead Fast Reactor (LFR) technology. Characterize materials to gain fundamental understanding of the relationships between processing parameters and operational performance. Leverage top-notch experimental infrastructure, contributing to solve the main material challenges concerning fuel elements, reactor internals, pumps, vessels, and steam generators.

Main Activities
This role is experimental and will focus strongly in the macro area of structural characterizations across different types of materials classes (steels, coatings, new materials), in tight collaboration with scientists and engineers.

  • Contribute defining and executing experimental research activities based on test plans.
  • Perform measurements, analyze results, and produce characterization reports, with attention to data curation and visualization.

Operate advanced characterization instruments:

  1. prepare samples as needed (mechanical, chemical, metallographic, or focused-ion beam preparation…)
  2. Perform analyses via optical, scanning and/or (scanning) transmission microscopy (OM, SEM, S-TEM), including online analyses tools such EDX, EBSD, or others.
  • Provide a detailed analysis of structural observations (grain size and orientation, morphology, phases, chemical composition, dislocation features, lattice distortions…), contributing to discussions around relationships between processing parameters, structural features and thermo-mechanical performance.
  • Contribute to quality assurance actions.
  •  Maintain assigned instruments and test equipment, organize, and participate in trainings, and take the lead in the liaison with after-sales service for microscopy tools
  • Apply and enforce safety rules when working in the laboratory.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering teams.
  • Participate in and foster a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.


Desired Qualifications    

  • A bachelor’s degree in nuclear, mechanical, materials, physics or chemical engineering, or equivalent, is a must. A master’s degree is a strong plus. A Ph.D. is a nice to have.
  • Professional courses related to the use of microscopy instruments are a strong plus.
  • Fluent Italian and English. French is a plus.
  • Solid experience and applied knowledge using optical, scanning and/or (scanning) transmission electron microscopes and their associated analysis tools (EDX, WDX, EBSD, FIB) is a must.
  • Solid experience in performing metallographic observations and samples preparation for microstructural analysis.
  • Solid experience with X-Ray diffractometry, computed tomography or other structural characterization techniques, such as atom-probe tomography are a very strong plus.
  • Applied knowledge of metallurgy, microstructural properties of metallic, ceramic and composite materials, as well as thermomechanical behavior of materials is a must.
  • Applied knowledge of structural steels processing conditions and typical thermal treatments is a strong plus.
  • Applied knowledge/experience in electrochemistry, corrosion or thin films characterization is a strong plus.
  • Experience in a nuclear or other highly regulated environment and good understanding of safety aspects is a plus.
  • Not more than/at least 5 years’ experience (depending on seniority junior/senior) in a laboratory/workshop environment at any academic or research institution or industrial company.