Associate Research and Development Staff, Buildings Equipment Research

Date: Jun 27, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12969 



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 Building Equipment Research Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified candidates to fill an Associate 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 assignments related to advanced building equipment for residential and commercial sectors, including but not limited to air conditioning systems (including heat pumps) and commercial refrigeration systems.  A more in-depth knowledge about the research development of compressor technologies using experimental and theoretical techniques is highly desirable. You will be involved in leading the design and development of experimental setups to study compressors technologies including scroll, reciprocating, rotary, linear and other novel types. You will also perform in-depth analysis of the results and developing models as needed by the projects. You will have the opportunity to prepare technical/scientific reports and research publications. The work will involve interacting and collaborating with high-level researchers/technologists from universities, national laboratories, and private industry.
  • 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:

  • PhD or an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of one year of previous research work experience (including postdoctoral, other academic, research fellow, and/or industry) is highly desired.
  • You should possess the necessary background and experience in vapor compression systems for heating, cooling and refrigeration; application of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants; and development of compression technologies. 
  • Strong fundamental knowledge in areas such as thermodynamics, heat transfer, and energy conversion is desired. 
  • The ability to lead teams of engineers and technicians to successfully design, build and evaluate advanced building equipment is required. 
  • 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. 
  • Finally, you should have a strong, proven publication/patent record.


For more information, please contact Brian Fricke (


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.

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