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R&D Assistant Staff Member - Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing, Robotics Design

Date: Jan 13, 2021

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4531 



Big Area Additive Manufacturing Research with the focus on arc/laser - based metal fusion.




The Department of Energy Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and the ­­­­ Manufacturing Automation and Controls at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are seeking an internationally recognized researcher to conduct projects, expand research, and assist in the development of projects to support the arc/laser welding -based metal additive manufacturing R&D portfolio.


Major Duties/Responsibilities


The selected candidate will:

- Conduct R&D projects and support the expansion of R&D in MIG and laser-based metal additive manufacturing

- Design new robotic systems for AM

- Conduct R&D on new deposition head design

-  Deposition rate improvement

- Integration of sensors and components

- Testing and verification of new systems

- Support efforts to improve the metal AM process efficiency with focus on

  • System integration
  • Process development
  • High throughput
  • Energy efficiency

-  Test new methods and improvements with industrial application on the MDF metal Big Area Additive Manufacturing test bed.

- 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, and others and at technical meetings.


Qualifications Required

The position requires:

A Master or MS in Mechanical Engineering with focus on design/robotics/mechatronics with practical knowledge.

Design of robotics systems

Robot programming experience

Experience with design of Direct Energy Deposition system design

High level kill sin computer aided design (CAD), Solidworks preferred

Ability to directly apply scientific methods to solve engineering problems

Excellent oral and written communication skills to support regular interactions with sponsors, peer reviewers, and others and to prepare reports, proposals, publications and journal articles is required.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building.

Knowledge of relevant public and private stakeholders is required.

Frequent domestic travel and possibly international travel is expected in this position.

Some activities may require export control and/or national security interests.  Therefore, U.S. citizenship is required.


Additional Qualifications Preferred

  • Basic programming 
  • Experience with industrial robots
  • Understanding of the AM process and its challenges
  • Experience with TIG/MIG or laser welding process


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