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Postdoctoral Research Associate- - High Voltage Power Electronics Design and Controls

Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8782 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Electric Drives Research Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division, Energy Sciences and Technology Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct research on high frequency and high voltage power electronic systems including traction drive inverter and high-power EV charging. The successful candidate will be proficient in analysis, design, and simulation and hands-on evaluation of high frequency power electronics systems needed in electric vehicle applications. The candidate will also assist in fabrication and evaluation of power electronics systems as well as contributing to the development of innovative power electronics designs for inverters and converters for various applications.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct R&D projects and help the expansion of R&D to take advantage of our multidisciplinary capabilities, multimodal strengths, and unique tools and capabilities.
  • Be knowledgeable in the fundamental concepts and principles of power electronics including PWM dc-dc converters including soft-switching implementation, high frequency resonant power convertors, high frequency magnetics, small-signal modeling, and control analysis of switched mode power converters.
  • Be familiar with the state of the art in power electronics technology, packaging of wide bandgap devices, and high frequency passive components.  Be well versed in various modeling and simulation tools.
  • Network and develop collaborative R&D with other groups and divisions internally and with DOE, the industry, and the utilities.
  • Contribute towards new proposals to internal and external funding agencies.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills with proven track record of publication commensurate with experience.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in electrical engineering with a focus on power electronics, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • Experience with high frequency power electronics applications for electric vehicle application.
  • Knowledge of circuit simulation and mathematical tools such as PLECS, MATLAB, Saber.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support team building.
  • A publication track record in reputed peer reviewed publications.
  • Prior work experience with the industry will be valued for this position.
  • A strong commitment to scientific integrity and safety is an important requirement.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Some travel will be required for this position.


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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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