Associate R&D Staff Member - Multifunctional Equipment Integration

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11201 


The Multifunctional Equipment Integration Group in the Building and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified candidates to fill a Research and Development Staff position. The work in this group supports the U.S. DOE Building Technology Office and other customers by developing state-of-the-art building equipment for energy efficiency, equipment-to-grid integration, and improved life cycle climate performance.  


Major Duties / Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for conducting, coordinating, and reporting complex research related to mass and energy conversion systems including: (1) Water heating technologies; (2) Dehumidification systems (3) Waste heat recovery systems; (4) Advanced vapor compression and power generation systems. The successful candidate will develop novel designs for mass exchangers, conduct experimental campaigns, perform thermodynamic analysis and system modeling, analyze results, prepare technical documents and research publications, and secure new funding. The work will involve interacting and collaborating with researchers from universities, national laboratories, and private industry.


Basic Qualifications:

  • You must have earned a M.S. (Ph.D. is preferred but not required) in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, or a related field.  
  • Research and development experience (including academic, research fellow, and/or industry) is preferred, especially in the above-mentioned relevant fields.
  • The candidate should possess a strong background (or other direct experience) in mass and energy conversion systems (such as system design, analytical modeling, numerical modeling, experimental design, instrumentation and data acquisition).
  • You should have strong, proven publication/patent record.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in any of the following areas is of particular interest: (a) heat and mass exchanger design and related disciplines (heat transfer, fluid flow, and coupled heat and mass transfer), (b) membranes, (c) gas-liquid or gas-solid sorption processes, (d) regeneration systems and integration of waste heat resources, (e) process modeling and control systems, (f) combined heat and power generation (CHP) technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), as well as strong interpersonal skills to support team building, partnering, and leadership are required.
  • The ability to develop and/or maintain strong relationships through active participation in building industry organizations and events is required. 
  • Experience with building equipment such as electric or gas fired air and water heaters, dehumidification systems is a plus.
  • Familiarity with system integration platforms is also preferred.  


For more information, please contact Kashif Nawaz (


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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