R&D Staff - Building Envelope Materials Research

Date: Sep 6, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11333 


ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us and help solve the world's most challenging energy problems!


We are seeking for an R&D Staff who will be part of the Building Envelope Materials Research (BEMR) Group in the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). BEMR research supports the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office and other customers by developing pioneering and cost-effective building envelope technologies that make new and existing buildings energy efficient, low carbon, durable, comfortable, and grid interactive.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

You will:

  • Perform simulation, laboratory, and field experiments to develop state-of-the-art building envelope materials and assemblies that co-optimize the reduction of operational energy and embodied carbon, manufacturability, quality, and affordability.
  • Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams that are composed of ORNL researchers with various backgrounds (e.g., material science, automation, advanced software, and sensors and controls among others).
  • Interact and collaborate with researchers from universities, national laboratories, and private industry.
  • Present research results to ORNL staff, DOE, industry, and academia in the form of invited talks, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journal papers with high impact factors.
  • Develop ideas and assemble proposals.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and program requirements.

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 6 years of relevant work experience.
  • PhD in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or related field.
  • Solid academic and research record in relevant heat transfer, thermodynamics, and/or mass transfer, emphasizing modeling and experimental research.
  • Background in building construction and energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Extensive experience designing, setting, conducting, and analyzing results from laboratory experiments.
  • Strong, proven track record in:
  • Writing proposals and securing funds.
  • Working individually and as part of diverse teams.
  • Supporting and leading team building.
  • Working in a fast-paced research environment in which you must set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks for parallel deadlines.
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals with high reputation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Active participation in professional societies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with EnergyPlus and COMSOL.
  • Proficiency with Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, or similar tools.
  • Experience with machine learning and deep neural networks is a plus.
  • Experience with Building Information Modeling is a plus.


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.


For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.


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.

No security clearance is required for this position.


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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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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