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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Vehicle Systems Research

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Date: Jul 31, 2019

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 338 


A Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) is available in the Energy & Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in control theory with an emphasis in applications related to CAVs, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The prospective Postdoctoral Research Associate will be part of a team consisting of ORNL researchers, academic, and industry partners to work on project in this rapidly growing area. The project focuses on developing and implementing novel control technologies in PEVs that will aim at computing optimal routing, optimized driving profiles based on traffic conditions, and optimizing onboard powertrain efficiency.



We are seeking exceptional individuals who hold a Ph.D. in relevant disciplines and have demonstrated dedication to creativity, innovation, and engineering solutions. The application must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) the names and addresses of three or more references, (4) a two-page statement of research interests, and (5) electronic copies of no more than three representative publications.  Applications should be submitted as a single pdf document.

Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Appointments will initially be for 24 months with a possibility of an extension of up to 12 months. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   


Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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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.

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