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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Vehicle Systems Integration Research

Date: May 7, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7545 


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 Vehicle Systems Integration Group in the Buildings and Transportation Sceince Division of the Energy Science and Technology Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Identify, collect, and process real-world data, such as road network information (geographic information systems data), traffic density and flow, signal timing plan, fleet population mix, routing, etc., and develop realistic scenarios in traffic microsimulation software and virtual environment/vehicle simulators
  • Establish detailed light-duty (LD), medium-duty (MD), and/or heavy-duty (HD) vehicle models with emerging mobility technology capabilities, such as connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), cooperative driving automation (CDA), and electrified vehicles.  Develop simulations of these vehicles operating in diverse traffic, geographies, and climates to assess impact of emerging mobility technologies on the transportation system
  • Development and implementation of advanced software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems to support advanced powertrain, CAV and CDA control system design, validation, and verification
  • Working with R&D staff to develop, prepare reports, publications, and journal articles based on on going research


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, transportation engineering or a related field completed within the last 5 years


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Programming languages: Python, C, C++
  • Proficient with traffic microsimulation software tools (e.g., VISSIM, SUMO, AIMSUN)
  • Proficient with Matlab/Simulink and dSpace or other real-time HIL systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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


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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