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May 10, 2018

CNL continues to attract world’s best & brightest nuclear scientists and engineers

Canada’s national nuclear laboratory hires over 100 new, talented scientists and researchers to meet growing demand for nuclear products and services.

Chalk River, ON, May 10, 2018 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, is pleased to announce that it has hired over 100 new scientists, engineers and other technical professionals from around the world as part of its recruitment campaign to foster the continued growth of its nuclear science and technology products and services. The hiring is to support CNL’s Long-Term Strategy, an ambitious 10-year plan that will position the organization as a global leader in nuclear science and technology, and a period during which CNL’s research staffing is projected to grow by more than 20 per cent.

CNL intends to develop a variety of new products and services as part of its transformation, including the deployment of small modular reactors, the pursuit of commercial opportunities in targeted alpha therapies, and the use of hydrogen to decarbonise Canada’s transportation sector. In order to prepare for this organizational transition, CNL established a human resources strategy last year to ensure that it has the high-calibre workforce needed to grow and expand CNL’s science and technology programs.

“The revitalization of the Chalk River Laboratories campus is an exciting time for CNL, with the construction of new, world-class facilities, the modernization of the site’s infrastructure, and the development of ambitious new research programs. But this transition extends to our people as well,” commented Mark Lesinski, CNL’s President and CEO. “We are working hard to attract new talent, and to grow and retain the talent we have here already, to develop and deliver the innovative nuclear products, technologies and services of tomorrow. So far, that process is going very well.”

The permanent shut down of NRU created an opportunity to retain the talent CNL already has, and to redeploy hundreds of staff into new positions within the company in support of its renewed science and research programs. Many vacancies, particularly in CNL’s research programs, remain. In response, CNL refocused its recruitment efforts to attract high-quality talent globally to augment its existing team.

With the recent hiring of over 100 new research personnel, and ongoing interactions with talented candidates, CNL’s effort has proven very successful. The new additions to CNL’s research programs include international expertise in a variety of disciplines, including nuclear physics, fuels and materials for light water reactors, hydrogeology, cyber security, metallography, molecular and cell biology, data science, and high temperature heat transfer engineering.

“CNL’s research staff embody our science and technology capabilities, and so we are absolutely thrilled that we’ve been able to attract these high-calibre employees to CNL through this focused recruitment,” explained Kathy McCarthy, Vice-President of Research and Development. “We have a very ambitious vision for the future of our organization, but we need the right people to bring this vision to life. Through this campaign, we’ve taken an important step towards that objective.”

Over the coming year, CNL will continue to work to attract new talent to fill remaining vacancies in its R&D organization and other business areas. CNL’s recruitment specialists will be visiting colleges and universities across Canada and the US, as well as career fairs, industry events and strengthening the online recruitment materials and job postings. For more information on working at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, to review the human resources strategy or to apply to vacancies, please visit

About CNL 

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively involved with industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defence, security and life sciences, we provide solutions to keep these sectors competitive internationally.

With ongoing investments in new facilities and a focused mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new performance standard reinforced with a strong safety culture underscores every activity.

For more information on the complete range of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories services, please visit or contact [email protected].



Patrick Quinn
Director, Corporate Communications
CNL, 1-866-886-2325

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