Investigation into the challenges and scenarios faced in decommissioning

Reference number: PPPR064


The Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool is seeking to recruit an outstanding individual to join the Nuclear Physics research group as a PhD student. The research project, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Sizewell C, will investigate the challenges and scenarios faced in decommissioning Pressured Water Reactors (PWR).


This PhD project will investigate the use of scenario modelling approaches for estimating decommissioning and spent fuel management costs as a future option for Sizewell C. The proposed research project will investigate the challenges that have been faced by other operators around the world in delivering the decommissioning of PWR reactors to time, quality and cost, with the aim of building a number of scenarios that could be used in a scenario based risk and contingency model for Sizewell.


The successful applicant will participate in the design, setup and execution of the analysis work. They will work with simulation packages required for radiation detector development and will have the opportunity to work closely with the nuclear industry. Experience with radiation detectors or scientific computing would be an advantage. You will receive an annual stipend and payment of tuition fees for 3.5 years.

Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form here: How to apply for a PhD - University of Liverpool 

Please ensure you include the project title and reference number PPPR064 when applying.