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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Adaptive Sensing, Modelling, and Control at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Adaptive Sensing, Modelling, and Control

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, TN Full-Time
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Requisition Id 8372 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Sensors and Electronics Group in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division (EEID), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The postdoctoral research associate will have expertise in modeling, sensor management, and process monitoring to support research in water treatment process control and advanced manufacturing. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in 1) the development and application of method for model identification; 2) statistical tools for process quality monitoring and control; and 3) generating creative solutions for complex challenges in systems monitoring and control.

The chosen candidate is expected to perform research that expands the state-of-the-art for data- and model-based techniques for process supervision in a diverse range of manufacturing and water systems. The chosen candidate is expected to publish the results of their research.  Representative activities include: (a) the development and implementation of algorithms and software tools for online identification of dynamic process models and anomaly detection in large-dimensional data sets, and (b) collaboration with staff at ORNL as well as academic and industrial partners to develop strategically placed capabilities to solve problems proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and industrial partners.

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

The primary responsibilities for this position involve the development, implementation, and experimental evaluation of tools for complex systems monitoring and control based on mechanistic and empirical models in support of ORNL/DOEs mission to advance science and energy applications.

  • Conduct pioneering research in modelling and control theory, aimed at application in water treatment and production, manufacturing, and the electric grid.
  • Present and report research results in high-impact peer reviewed journals, conferences, and program reviews
  • Work with other ORNL researchers to develop technical strategies for future research that aligns with the monitoring and automation capabilities within the laboratory

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Physics, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a related field completed within the last 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and experience with mechanistic and empirical models, sensor systems and analytics, desirable software skills include online management of process models (digital twins), database usage (e.g., SQL), and robotic control systems (e.g., ROS2)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to [ Link removed ] with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.

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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.

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.

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Funding source: The position will be funded from projects originating from one or more of the following programs: Building Technologies, Office of Electricity, Advanced Manufacturing and Nuclear Energy.

Special Requirements

This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.

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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