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Postdoc Program

​​​Postdoc Program

The postdoc program at GTSI-INL is intended to provide opportunities to highly qualified individuals who have a specific interest in actinide chemistry as it relates to basic science, the nuclear fuel cycle, reactor operation and engineering, waste minimization and treatment, and other technical fields. Various sources of funding can be leveraged to support this research and will differ in each case. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Don Wood at

Current Postdocs at GTSI-INL

Dr. Trishelle Copeland-Johnson

​Dr. Trishelle Cope​land-Johnson is a materials engineering researcher interested in optimizing high-performance of materials by developing property-performance relationships using materials characterization techniques and chemical engineering principles. Her application experience includes biomaterials for therapeutic treatments for articular cartilage, oxidation resistance of nuclear fuel rods, thin-film solar technologies, and industrial lubricants.

Dr. Thibaut Lecrivain

​Dr. Thibaut Lecrivain is an expert in the separation of actinide and fission products in liquid solutions with application to the fuel cycle and isotope production.

Dr. Rocio Rodriquez-Laguna

​Dr. Rocio Ro​driquez-Laguna is an expert in the synthesis of high-temperature thermal fluids, nanomaterials, and engineered colloidal dispersions of nanoparticles. She is interested in the morphological, rheological, stability, acoustic, and vibrational characterization of materials. She is specialized in graphene nanofluids and molten salts for heat transfer and thermal energy storage applications.

Charlyne Smith

Dr. Charlyne Smith's expertise includes the elucidation of the mechanisms responsible for the formation of the high burnup structure in nuclear fuel. She is interested in the advanced characterization and post-irradiation examination to understand nuclear fuel evolution for qualification. She has a professional interest in the development of nuclear engineering education infrastructure in the Caribbean.​

Dr. Shuixiang Zhou

Dr. Shuixiang Zhou research interests lie in nuclear material performance, including phonon behavior, elastic properties, and electron and thermal transports under various conditions using advanced computational methods, such as density functional theory and machine learning.

Past Postdocs

​Glenn T. Seaborg Distinguished Postdoc Research Associate

For more than six decades, Idaho National Laboratory scientists and engineers have helped solve some of the nation's most pressing energy, environment, and national security challenges. The advancement of actinide chemistry and physics is a fundamental part of the INL mission. In order to support that effort, the laboratory is offering a valuable opportunity for top Ph.D. researchers in related fields.

The Glenn T. Seaborg Distinguished Postdoc program is designed to nurture early-career Ph.D. scientists and engineers with a specific focus on the actinide elements in support of nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle, waste treatment, and proliferation topics. This highly competitive appointment will provide the candidate with a very structured environment centered on specific research topics while allowing flexibility to further the candidate's interests. The full support of the national laboratory, along with energetic and talented colleagues, will offer the candidate an excellent opportunity for development of a rewarding career in this field.

Ideal candidates will have exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential to become impactful players in the field of actinide studies. The preferred candidates will have experience and interest in solid-state chemistry, nuclear physics, solution chemistry, materials science, radiation chemistry, and other actinides-related fields.

The Glenn T. Seaborg Distinguished Postdoc appointment awards up to two years of research support to the selected candidate with a possible one-year extension. The GTSI-INL mission is to develop the candidate for a possible long-term career following a successful appointment.​