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R&D Assistant Staff Member - Energy Efficiency Engineer and Researcher

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Date: Nov 18, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4296 



Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Analysis (MEEA) Group within the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking to fill a R&D Assistant position to work in the areas of industrial and building energy efficiency and corporate energy management.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

You will assist principal investigators and lead projects as part of an expanding program. Your work will be focused on technical assistance and research related to improved energy management in existing buildings and industrial facilities during their operational phase. In addition, you will provide support to the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) programs. AMO is under the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). There may also be opportunities to work on international energy efficiency programs. AMO’s Technology Partnerships subprogram presently works with some of the largest manufacturing plants in the United States through the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program.


You will have the opportunity to collaborate on research and analysis of technologies and practices for increasing the energy efficiency of the industrial and buildings sectors. The assignment will involve leading projects and supporting ORNL program managers and principal investigators on AMO programs and projects in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment. The AMO project work includes supporting activities under the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program; activities would include: acting as a technical account manager for key companies and interfacing with corporate energy managers, visiting manufacturing sites, analyzing technologies, assisting industrial clients to improve energy management practices, perform energy data benchmarking and analysis studies. Your work may also include writing technical reports to summarize the results of technical assistance activities and contributing to periodic progress reports for sponsors. You should demonstrate the ability to work creatively and cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary research team.


You will have the opportunity to lead projects, collaborate with research staff and partner organizations on future research initiatives, network with related organizations, interact with existing sponsors in pursuit of additional research funding, and prepare proposals and present results to sponsors, peer reviewers, and others. 

Basic Qualifications

  • M.S. in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or related discipline with experience with industry and/or buildings, specifically with energy efficiency management and projects is required.
  • Proficiency with the use of Excel in engineering data reduction and analysis is essential.
  • Experience with mechanical engineering modeling and analysis tools is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of industrial processes, building science, energy savings performance contracts, heating and cooling technologies, and mechanical systems and controls is desired.
  • Familiarity with numerical calculation and statistical data analysis techniques is desired.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to support regular interactions with manufacturing partners, sponsors, and others and to prepare reports, proposals, publications and journal articles are required.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building, partnering and communications are a plus for this position.
  • Must be willing to travel. You will be involved in meetings with DOE sponsors in Washington, DC and will attend key conferences and workshops. Travel will be periodically required to visit federal facilities and industrial plants.


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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