R&D Assistant Staff, Grid Systems Hardware

Date: Jun 29, 2024

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 13129 




Oak Ridge National Laboratory (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 as we solve the nation's biggest challenges!



The Grid Systems Hardware (GSH) Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is actively seeking applicants for a power electronics research assistant position (temporary) to conduct research on futuristic power electronic systems and integration for the grid. The successful candidates should be capable of developing innovative solutions for futuristic power electronic converters and controls and validating them through experimental prototypes. For this, the candidate is expected to have a good understanding of the requirements of power electronic systems from components to systems, and embedded controllers. Experience in evaluating converter topologies, developing control algorithms, and writing controller code is expected.


Major Duties / Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Work with DSP/FPGA/Microcontroller platforms for controller development.
  • Build and test power electronic converters.
  • Network and develop collaborative R&D with other groups and divisions internally and with DOE, the industry, and the utilities.
  • 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:

  • MS or PhD in electrical engineering or related discipline with a focus on power electronics applications


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience related to designing and controlling power electronic systems
  • Experience with power electronic modeling and simulation platforms including MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Hands on laboratory experience performing testing and analysis is required.
  • Should have a good knowledge base on the requirements and trends in futuristic power electronic converters and their components development.
  • Good 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.
  • A strong commitment to scientific integrity is an important requirement.
  • Experience in leading projects, test platform development etc. is appreciated.


Special Requirements:

  • Some travel will be required for this position.
  • No clearance is required.


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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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