Postdoctoral Research Associate - Multifunctional Equipment Integration

Date: May 18, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11155 


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.



The Multifunctional Equipment Integration Group in the Building and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified candidates to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher 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

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting, coordinating, and reporting complex research assignments related to energy conversion systems including:


  1. Advanced heat and mass exchangers
  2. Waste heat recovery devices and systems
  3. Heat exchangers and mass exchangers
  4. Vapor compression and non-vapor compression heat pumps


This will involve the synthesis/fabrication, utilization, and characterization of new materials that enable the development of novel heat exchangers, waste heat recovery systems and novel HVAC&R systems and components. The successful candidate will develop experimental setups, conduct experimental campaigns, perform thermodynamic analysis and system modeling, analyze results, and prepare technical documents and research publications. The work will involve interacting and collaborating with researchers 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:

  • A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • The candidate should possess the necessary background and experience in (a) innovating thinking and problem solving, (b) thermodynamic cycle modeling, (c) thermal storage materials and applications, (d) experience with the design and operation of experimental thermal/fluid systems, design of experiments, and knowledge of various mechanical systems and instrumentation (e) good knowledge of fluid dynamics and heat and mass transfer, and (f) knowledge of various mechanical systems and instrumentation. Experience with heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment is also a plus. Strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills are required. Finally, the successful candidate should have strong background in project management with a proven publication/patent record.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas is of particular interest: (a) heat exchanger design and its associated disciplines (heat transfer, fluid flow, and coupled heat and mass transfer), (b) design and modeling of reverse Rankine (vapor compression) and related thermodynamic cycles, (c) design, measurement, and standards related to residential and commercial equipment, appliances, and water heaters, (d) materials relevant to non-vapor compression heat pumps, (e) phase change materials, (f) membranes, (g) cost reduction and design for manufacturing, (h) advanced manufacturing methods, (i) controls of building equipment, and (j) other technologies relevant to developing future building equipment that is efficient and grid-interactive.


For more information, please contact Kashif Nawaz (  


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.


Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. 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.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


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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