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Senior Research Hydraulics Engineer

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7098 


The Biodiversity and Sustainable Systems Section (BSSS) within the Environmental Sciences Division (, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL,, is seeking a senior thought leader in the field of hydraulics engineering to support ORNL’s long-term water power technologies research and development (R&D) efforts. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who have strong experience, vision, and publication records in the frontier of national/international riverine hydropower and marine energy R&D efforts. The senior leader will help guide the direction of major water power R&D initiatives, interact with a diverse set of stakeholders, and collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers in the fields of hydrology, power system, ecology, and environmental economics. The candidate will benefit from the unique capabilities at ORNL and is expected to develop cutting-edge research for clean, renewable, and sustainable future energy.


ESD is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with more than 60 years of achievement in local, regional, national, and international environmental research. Our vision is to expand scientific knowledge and develop innovative strategies and technologies that will strengthen the nation’s leadership in creating solutions to help sustain the Earth’s natural resources. Our researchers conduct research, develop technology, and perform analyses to understand and assess responses of environmental systems at the environment-human interface and the consequences of alternative energy and environmental strategies.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Guide the ORNL water power technologies R&D strategies that integrates ORNL research capabilities in environmental science, computational modeling and simulation, sensors and controls, turbine-generator design, advanced manufacturing science and technology, and advanced materials.
  • Enhance, develop, and sustain working relationships between ORNL researchers and the broad water power community, including sponsors of water power R&D, energy/water stakeholders, and policy influencers.
  • Mentor ORNL early-career and mid-career research staff in the development and execution of water power science and technology research.
  • Lead the research partnerships with industrial and academic entities.
  • Publish high-quality, impactful, peer-reviewed publications.
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required:


Other Information:

  • Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, and a list of at least three references.
  • 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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  • UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities



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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