Job Opportunities

Faculty Position in Nuclear Engineering

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level.

We are interested in receiving applications from candidates with background and interest in all areas of nuclear engineering and science.

The department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering, as well as M.S. level concentrations in Medical Physics and Radiation Protection Engineering. The current department faculty comprises four Full Professors, one Associate Professor, three Assistant Professors, two Lecturers, and two UNM-National Lab Professors.

Active Departmental research includes nuclear fuels and materials, nuclear reactor design, safety and thermal-hydraulics, space nuclear power, radiation detection and data, advanced instrumentation and diagnostics, nuclear imaging, nuclear safeguards, radiation transport, and criticality safety. Facilities include an AGN-201M low-power teaching reactor, a nuclear materials lab with a hot cell, a nuclear fuel and reactor safety laboratory, a radiation measurement and detection laboratory, a thermal fluids laboratory, a thermal-hydraulics and energy conversion laboratory, and a high-performance computing facility. Department faculty were recipients of six DOE-NEUP grants over the last two years.

An established Strategic Alliance between UNM and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque uniquely facilitates close interactions and collaborations between SNL staff and UNM faculty and students. In addition, the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque and the proximity of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) provide exceptional opportunities for collaborative research. UNM is also part of the National Universities Consortium (NUC) established by the Idaho National Laboratory.

Additionally, UNM is a recipient of an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant from the NSF to promote and advance women and minority faculty in STEM fields. The School of Engineering is partnering with the ADVANCE at UNM program to help recruit and retain an excellent and diverse faculty. Candidates from all underrepresented groups are thus strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering or closely related field by the appointment start date
  • At least 2 years’ prior research experience necessary to lead an active research program, commensurate with entry-level faculty position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background and experience in general nuclear engineering.
  • The successful candidate is expected to have a strong research vision and ability to develop an independent, extramurally funded research program.
  • Have a background that would expedite the formation of collaborations with the national laboratories.
  • Have a strong commitment to teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in nuclear engineering.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Applications must be submitted online through UNMJobs at For best consideration, complete applications must be received by October 15, 2021. The expected start date is January 1, 2022. The position, however, will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of: (1) a cover letter/letter of interest; (2) a comprehensive CV; (3) a statement articulating teaching and research experience, vision, philosophy, and interests; and (4) the names and contact information (address, phone number, and email address) of five professional references.

Inquiries should be sent to Prof. Cassiano de Oliveira, Chair of the Search Committee at For more information about UNM’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and School of Engineering, see and

The University of New Mexico, the flagship institution of higher learning in the state of NM, has a rich and diverse culture and firm commitments to diversity and excellence in teaching and research. It is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Postdoctoral Researcher position at The University of New Mexico

Job Description

A postdoctoral researcher position is available starting on Fall 2021 in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico. The focus of the prospective candidate is on the establishment of a nuclear security and safeguards program at UNM. The candidate will help with the development of live and online undergraduate/graduate and professional development classes, as well with the establishment of a research program in related technical fields. This work is programmatically supported by the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) through Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) with the support of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Minimum Qualifications

The postdoctoral applicant is expected to hold a PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with nuclear security
  • Experience with national and international nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation
  • Experience with methods and techniques applicable to the fields above
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities

Annual Salary Level

$50,000 - $70,000, depending on the experience and qualification of the applicant

Other Information

The preferred start date of the position is beginning of Fall semester but no later than Jan 2022.

Applications must be submitted online through Submit your application by June 28 for best consideration. A complete application consists of: (1) cover letter/expression of interest (no maximum), (2) comprehensive CV including contact details, list of publications and names of 3 professional references with contact information (address phone number and email), and (3) statement articulating teaching and research experience and philosophy.

Finalists for this position should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

For complete job announcement, and to apply, go to Questions regarding the position can be directed to Prof. Cassiano Endres de Oliveira (