R&D Associate Staff, Thermal Energy Storage (Geothermal) (11403)

Job Posted 8/23/2023
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Job Description

Requisition Id 11403 

ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us and help solve the world's most challenging energy problems!



The Vehicle Power Electronics Research Group in Buildings and Transportation Science Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for an R&D Associate Staff position to conduct research on electromagnetics in power electronics applications. You will design high-frequency and dc inductors, low frequency inductors, high-frequency isolation transformers, and electromagnetic coupling coils for wireless charging systems.


Main Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Determine research needs for electromagnetics as used in inverters, dc/dc converters, transformers, etc. in terms of advanced materials, geometries, and core configurations.

  • Model, simulate, analyze, design, and characterize magnetic structures and wireless power transfer coils.

  • Use finite element analysis (FEA)-based tools at expert level.

  • Use 3D multiphysics models for electrical, mechanical, thermal, and magnetics optimization of new generation magnetic components.

  • Work on wireless field excitation systems for wound rotor synchronous machines

  • Conduct R&D projects and help the expansion of R&D to take advantage of our multidisciplinary capabilities, multimodal strengths, and unique tools and capabilities.

  • Validate theoretical designs through prototype building and testing evaluation.

  • Network and develop collaborative R&D with other groups and divisions internally and within DOE, and the industry including semiconductor and power converter manufacturers.

  • Prepare new proposals to the internal and external funding agencies.

  • Present research results to sponsors, peer reviewers, industry partners and others and at technical meetings such as IEEE and SAE sponsored conferences.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with focus on electromagnetics.

  • Experience with various magnetic components, subsystems, and systems.

  • Expertise in 3D modeling and mechanical and electrical design tools.

  • Expertise in mechanical, thermal, and electrical simulation tools.

  • Experience in winding and assembly.

  • Prior experience in proposal development activities is preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to make presentations to sponsors and others and to prepare reports, proposals, and publications/journal articles.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to support team building and leadership.

  • A publication history in prestigious international conferences and journals.

  • Demonstrated publication record of scientific results in either peer-reviewed journals, or presentations at national meetings, are expected.


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible working options, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.





This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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