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Senior Research Scientist in Modeling & Simulation of Chemical Processes

Date: Jan 17, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5227 



This position seeks to fill a research leadership role in chemical processes and energy systems with a nationally recognized expert in computational modeling and simulation theory and application. Preference is given to candidates with expertise in the modeling and analysis of chemical processes and systems over a wide range of scales. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of: 1) technical accomplishment in the field of modeling and simulation; 2) building and leading cross-functional teams in the field of modeling and simulation; and 3) defining and implementing research visions that unify and guide the activities of multi-disciplinary researchers. Experience with validation of models and working with experimentalist is also of interest.  The chosen candidate is expected to lead major programs in the areas of biomass conversion to fuels and co-products, chemical manufacturing, CO2 capture and utilization, and other clean energy chemical processes.


The position is in the Manufacturing Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The successful candidate will opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of staff across ORNL.  The successful candidate will be expected to serve as the technical communicator to sponsors as well as interface with collaborating scientists at other national labs, industry, and universities. Representative activities include: developing strategies for defining and meeting long term goals relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs, engaging DOE sponsors, developing R&D proposals, providing technical and strategic vision and leadership in developing a portfolio of cross-cutting modeling and simulation research by coordinating with a diverse multi-disciplinary team.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 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. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL is nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with an abundance of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities on the surrounding lakes, rivers, and trails.  Staff enjoy a four-season climate and affordable living in the Oak Ridge/Knoxville area which has a lively music, theater, and restaurant scene.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

- Lead and conduct pioneering research in modeling and simulation of complex chemical processes including catalyst systems, chemical processes, and thermochemical/electrochemical conversion processes for renewable clean energy

- Present and report research results in high-impact peer reviewed journals, conferences and program reviews

- Work with other ORNL researchers to develop a long-term technical focus and strategy that leverages and aligns controls capabilities within the laboratory

- Mentor students, post-docs, and early career research staff

- Write and coordinate the submission of research and development proposals that build upon programmatic themes in support of ORNL key mission areas

- Serve as technical liaison to sponsors and DOE, other agencies, and technical teams representing government-industry partnerships


Qualifications Required

- A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in modeling and simulation of applied engineering processes and systems.

- A record of excellence in modeling and simulation research as evidenced through peer-reviewed journal publications, patents, or industry/commercial impact

- Demonstrated experience mentoring students, post-docs, and early career research staff

- Demonstrated experience building and executing high impact research programs


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