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Electric Machines Researcher

Date: Sep 7, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6498 


The Centrifuge Engineering and Fabrication Section within the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking an Electric Machines Researcher for the Modeling and Data Science Group.  The Electric Machines Researcher will perform analysis on electric motors and motor drive systems for gas centrifuges. In addition, the Electric Machines Researcher will assist with experimental testing of electric motors and motor drives.


The ESED serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists and engineers with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments. The Modeling and Data Science Group applies first principles and empirical approaches to advance the physics and engineering understanding of gas centrifuges using computational tools such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), and data analysis.  The successful Electric Machines Researcher candidate will provide research and development (R&D) leadership to the group in the area of FEA on electric motors and development, testing, and demonstration of motors and motor drives.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Establish and conduct research within the field of electric motors and motor drives as it relates to gas centrifuge and enrichment technologies.
  • Interact with management and group members to define, execute, and report on relevant project elements.
  • Actively collaborate with domain experts from U.S. government laboratories and academia involved in similar efforts.
  • Publish high quality research results in peer-reviewed open or classified journals and conferences, if authorized by the sponsoring agency.
  • Publish and present non-sensitive research in journals and conferences.
  • Develop proposals for cutting edge research and funding.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS degree in Electrical Engineering or a closely related engineering or science discipline.
  • At least 7 years relative experience with modeling of electric motors and an understanding of motor drives and power electronics.
  • Strong computational skills with modeling and simulation experience.
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written), organization, and decision-making skills.
  • The ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and at least 6 years of relevant professional R&D experience with motors, motor drives, and power electronics.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • A record of significant technical publications.

 Special Requirements:

  • This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements and to sensitive projects. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.
  • It is required of this position the ability to obtain and maintain a Q clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse program (WSAP) testing designed position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.


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Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   


Relocation:  UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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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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