Associate Research Staff Scientist, Manufacturing Systems Design

Date: Feb 6, 2024

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11517 

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 Department of Energy Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and the Manufacturing Systems Design Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are seeking a research professional with a design for additive manufacturing, topology optimization and other design optimization experience. The applicant will work with the development of novel design techniques that utilize advanced manufacturing techniques to optimize component performance in clean energy applications and beyond.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Lead R&D projects related to systems design
  • Develop novel concepts and ideas
  • Research the boundaries of design for additive manufacturing through the application of algorithms including topology optimization.
  • Develop analysis and optimization techniques using finite element and cfd analysis to optimizing the performance of additively manufactured components.
  • Write journal articles discussing the results of the research
  • Prepare and present research results to sponsors, peer reviewers, and others and at technical meetings.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD level engineering degree preferably in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience in Mechanical Design
  • Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes and topology optimization knowledge
  • Ability to problem solve and find solutions to challenging engineering problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to assist in the preparation of reports, proposals, publications and journal articles is required.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience working in R&D
  • Basic programming skills
  • Mechanical design experience
  • Experimental design experience


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain versatile people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, 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.


Other benefits include Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville