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Senior Scientist in Marine Water Power Technology

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4281 



The Biodiversity and Sustainable Systems Section (BSSS) within the Environmental Sciences Division,, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL),, is seeking a science leader to support ORNL’s marine energy science and technology research and development strategy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who bring unique skills in hydraulics to BSSS’ existing capabilities in hydrology, have the ability to contribute to existing programs, and can develop new research programs in marine hydrokinetics.


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 scientists 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:

Develop, implement, and sustain a marine energy science and technology research and development strategy 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 management, staff and facilities and the marine energy technology development community, including sponsors of marine energy science and technology research.

Mentor ORNL early-career and mid-career research staff in the development and execution of marine energy science and technology research.

Propose, execute and publish the results of marine energy science and technology research.


Qualifications Required:

15 years of post-PhD experience.

PhD in engineering, physics, or related discipline.

Experience in an interdisciplinary research environment integrating marine energy resource characterization, environmental impact science, and machine design and modeling.

Experience in testing of marine energy technology prototypes.

Positive and self-starting.

Demonstrate ability to lead colleagues in collaborative projects.

Strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences, and experience with marine hydrokinetics are expected.

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required.


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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