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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Intelligent Machine Tools

Date: Jul 15, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6303 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Intelligent Machine Tools Group in the Manufacturing Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This position will primarily focus on the development of models for advanced manufacturing processes with a focus on machining and hybrid manufacturing.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and perform manufacturing experiments, including pre-process part and machine measurements, in-process data collection, and post-process part measurements
  • Use physics-based models to predict manufacturing process performance and compare to experimental results
  • Actively participate in group meetings, project discussions, project meetings with collaborators, and report preparation
  • Keep detailed records of procedures, data, and results
  • Review scientific literature, understand project goals, and develop ideas to meet milestones and deliverables
  • Identify publishing targets, outline questions/objectives, plan analysis, and prepare manuscripts
  • Be a team player, help others learn and learn from others, mentor less experienced researchers
  • Provide prompt and thorough communication to PI, group members, and staff
  • Follow all laboratory safety protocols and help maintain lab equipment, computers, and facilities


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in:

  • CNC machining
  • Modal testing
  • Coordinate metrology
  • Matlab
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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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.

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