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Magnet/Cryogenic R&D Associate

Date: Dec 28, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830-8050

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6915 


We are seeking a R&D associate staff who will focus on the development of superconducting, cryogenic, and vacuum technology in support the U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) Program in the Office of Science and other related collaborations.  This position resides in the Fusion Technology Group in the Fusion Nuclear Science & Technology Section of the Fusion Energy Division in the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support developing and performing complex research and engineering projects related to superconducting magnets, associated cryogenic materials and systems, and fusion hardware.
  • Analyze complex systems involving cryogenic temperatures, electromagnetic stress, and magnetic fields to develop unique solutions to integrated problems.
  • Communicate results of analyses and experiments through presentations, reports, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work with industrial, university, and/or laboratory partners on multi-disciplinary projects and teams.
  • Oversee fabrication and testing of developmental systems.



Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in electrical or mechanical engineering or a related discipline, or a MS degree with at least two years of experience
  • Experience designing, building, and/or operating superconducting magnets and/or cryogenic systems


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with solid modeling and finite element analysis codes as it relates to electromagnetic interactions of coil assemblies, the modeling of cryogenic/superconducting properties, and/or thermodynamic/heat transfer analysis in cryogenic environments is preferred.
  • Prior experience in magnet design, procurement, and fabrication in high field environments with high temperature superconducting materials is highly desirable.
  • Great communication skills as evidenced by previous reports, papers, and presentations is required.
  • The ability to work individually or as part of a team, and lead based on knowledge and experience.


Special Requirements

Two letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.





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.