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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Robotics & Automation in Additive Manufacturing

Date: Nov 11, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6575 


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 Manufacturing Automation and Controls Group in the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who will focus on Robotics and Controls.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct R&D projects and support the expansion of R&D in Direct Energy Deposition and metal additive manufacturing
  • Support efforts to improve the metal DED AM process efficiency with focus on system integration, energy efficiency, and optimization
  • Interact with material scientists to advance understanding of DED-based metallurgy.
  • Develop new applications of Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing and other areas of ORNL mission
  • Develop Robotics applications outside of manufacturing automation
  • Mentor students and interns
  • Network and develop collaborative R&D with other groups and divisions internally and with DOE, industry, and utilities
  • Prepare and present research results to sponsors, peer reviewers, members of local, state, and federal government, and to a general audience at technical meetings


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or related with focus on controls, robotics, automation, mechatronics with a strong orientation on practical implementation completed within the last 5 years
  • Understanding of automation and robotics in aspects of inverse/forward kinematics, motion control, process control and system integration
  • Programming skills allowing to implement robotics concepts in software
  • Basic CAD modelling skills
  • Ability to directly apply scientific methods to solve engineering problems
  • Flexibility and willingness to explore, adapt, and synthesize aspects of other scientific fields into the needs of large scale metal additive manufacturing
  • Knowledge of relevant public and private stakeholders
  • Frequent domestic travel and possibly international travel


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in C/C++/Java or similar
  • Experience in LabView
  • Knowledge of CAD software
  • Experience with industrial robots
  • Understanding of the AM process and its challenges
  • Experience with TIG/MIG or laser welding process
  • 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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