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Research and Development Staff, Buildings Equipment Research

Date: Jan 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7263 


The Building Equipment Research Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified candidates to fill a Research and Development Staff 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:

You will be responsible for conducting, coordinating, and reporting complex research assignments related to advanced building equipment for residential and commercial sectors, including but not limited to air conditioning systems (including heat pumps) and commercial refrigeration systems.  In-depth knowledge regarding the research and development of compressor technologies using experimental and theoretical techniques is highly desirable. You will be involved in leading the design and development of experimental setups to study compressor technologies including scroll, reciprocating, rotary, linear, and other novel types. You will also perform in-depth analysis of the experimental results, develop models and prepare technical/scientific reports and research publications. The work will involve interacting and collaborating with high-level researchers/technologists from universities, national laboratories, and private industry.


Basic Qualifications:

You must have earned a Ph.D. or an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field, with at least 5 years (after acquiring a Ph.D.) or 10 years (after acquiring an M.S.) of experience. You should possess the necessary background and experience in vapor compression systems for heating, cooling, and refrigeration; application of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants; and development of compression technologies.  Strong fundamental knowledge in areas such as thermodynamics, heat transfer, and energy conversion is desired.  The candidate should have the ability to lead teams of engineers and technicians to successfully design, build and evaluate advanced building equipment.  Excellent communication skills (oral and written), as well as strong interpersonal skills to support team building, partnering, and leadership are required.  The ability to develop and/or maintain strong relationships through active participation in building industry organizations and events is required.  Finally, you should have a strong, proven publication/patent record.


For more information, please contact Brian Fricke (


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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