Technician - Multifunctional Equipment Integration

Date: Apr 3, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12658 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy Science and Energy Laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. We are seeking a professional to fill a Technical Research Professional position in the Multifunctional Equipment Integration (MEI) group within the Buildings and Transportation Sciences Division (BTSD), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at ORNL. The team consists of researchers and technical professionals focused on conducting research in world-class facilities and deploying science-based knowledge in real-world deployment applications. The work supports a range of activities under the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office and Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office. This position requires working with project leads, external partners, corporations, and sponsors to develop project management tools and analysis frameworks along with coordinating regular research and development activities. Candidate selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education.



The Multifunctional Equipment Integration (MEI) Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified candidates to fill an Staff Technician 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 and equipment-to-grid integration. Research areas include energy-efficient and grid-interactive equipment for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, water heating, and appliances for residential and small commercial buildings (including electrical and natural gas-driven systems).


The Multifunctional Equipment Integration Group develops state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmental-friendly solutions for building equipment and focuses on grid integration, advanced energy storage, and energy conversion systems. The group leverages novel thermodynamics processes, advanced materials and manufacturing, and process control to advance building equipment. Research conducted includes advanced dehumidification systems and indoor air quality; energy storage solutions integrated into applications such as air conditioning and water heating; advanced heat exchanger design for applications including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration;  modular power generation and desalination; energy-efficient appliances; natural gas and hybrid fuel driven equipment and integrated solutions for direct carbon dioxide capture using air handling systems for buildings. The group has the unique ability to develop solutions for critical problems by utilizing advanced materials and manufacturing processes, and advanced computational and neutron resources.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for coordinating and supporting research and development for advanced building technologies. (a) instrumentation (e.g., thermocouples, RTDs, power meters, pressure transducers, etc.), (b) capacity and efficiency testing of HVAC&R equipment, (c) calibration. You will work within a team of engineers to successfully build and evaluate advanced building equipment and energy conversion systems. Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success


Basic Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma is required. 
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), as well as strong interpersonal skills to support team building, partnering, and leadership are required.
  • You must have at least 5 years of experience with advanced thermal system design and development.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with prototype development is highly desirable.


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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