The Building Envelope Materials Research (BEMR) Group in the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) in the Building and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a Senior 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 and cost-effective building envelope technologies that make new and existing buildings energy efficient, durable, comfortable, grid-interactive, sustainable, and have low embodied energy.
You will be responsible for developing and conducting research in advanced construction. For example:
Preparing proposals on innovative construction approaches for new buildings and envelope retrofits.
Conducting, coordinating, and reporting complex research on the development and integration of advanced manufacturing practices into offsite and onsite construction.
Developing experimental setups, conducting experiments, and analyzing results.
Presenting research results to ORNL staff, DOE, industry, and academia in the form of invited talks, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journal papers.
Coordinating the procurement, installation, and operation of new equipment. For example, collaborative robots and respective sensors and controls.
Collaborating in multidisciplinary teams that are composed of researchers from various areas of expertise at ORNL (e.g, material science, organic and inorganic chemistry, automation, and sensors and controls among others).
Interacting and collaborating with researchers from universities, national laboratories, and private industry.
M.S. or PhD in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, construction engineering, or related discipline is required. Required work experience is a minimum of 12 years for a candidate with an M.S. degree and a minimum of six years for a candidate with a PhD degree. Knowledge of building construction, energy efficiency in buildings, prefabrication of building components, manufacturing science and technology, flexible industrial automation, human machine interaction, and/or optimization of factory production lines is desired. Background in the development and implementation of digital twins and application of machine learning is a plus.
The candidate should have
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills to support team building, mentoring of junior staff, partnering, and leadership.
Experience leading R&D teams.
Ability to work individually and as part of a diverse team.
Ability to develop and/or maintain strong relationships through active participation in building industry organizations and events.
Strong, proven publication/patent record.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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.
ORNL’s 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. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.
ORNL supports these missions through leadership in four major areas of science and technology:
Neutr...ons—We operate two of the world’s leading neutron sources, which enable scientists and engineers to gain new insights into materials and biological systems;
Computing—We accelerate scientific discovery through modeling and simulation on powerful supercomputers, advance data-intensive science, and sustain US leadership in high-performance computing;
Materials—We integrate basic and applied research to develop advanced materials for energy applications;
Nuclear—We advance the scientific basis for 21st century nuclear fission and fusion technologies and systems, and we produce isotopes for research, industry, and medicine.