Postdoctoral Research Associate - High voltage power electronics design and controls

Date: Feb 3, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12310 


The Electric Drive Research (EDR) Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position to 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 hands-on fabrication and experimental 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 pulse-width modulated (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.
  • Develop presentations and written reports of research results, and present the results to sponsors and at meetings.



  • A Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a focus on power electronics.
  • 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.


Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.


Some travel will be required for this position.


No clearance is required.


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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