R&D Associate Staff Member (Surface Hydrologic Modeling)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN, United States
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The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking to hire an early career Water Resources Engineer with research focus on hydrologic and land surface modeling, hydrodynamic flood simulation, and hydroclimate impact assessment. A successful candidate is expected to have strong expertise in high performance computing (HPC), and has interdisciplinary teamwork skills with researchers in hydroelectricity, climatology, computation, informatics, and environmental economics. The candidate will benefit from the unique capabilities at ORNL including world class computing (Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility) and is expected to develop cutting-edge research on surface hydrology for global energy-water security and sustainability.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop, improve, and implement various HPC-capable large-scale surface hydrologic models to increase our predicative skills of integrated energy-water system that move beyond the current spatial and temporal scale limitations.
  • Design and supervise efforts to acquire, evaluate, analyze, and archive data relevant to hydrologic systems and water-dependent engineered energy systems.
  • Develop new techniques to visualize and communicate to scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and the energy-water interdependencies manifest in data, analyses, and model results.
  • Lead or contribute to proposal development to better understand surface hydrologic processes and participate in major initiatives across the laboratory.
  • Publish high-quality, impactful, peer-reviewed journal articles and reports.
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required

  • PhD in Civil Engineeirng, Hydrologic Engineering or related discipline
  • Strong familiarity of multiple commonly used hydrologic / land surface models, including but not limited to, VIC, PRMS, DHSVM, SUMMA, and LIS
  • Strong experience in extreme hydroclimate event simulation and analysis (i.e., flood and drought)
  • Strong experience in using HPC to support hydrologic-hydraulic simulation
  • Experience in geographic information system, and other widely-used computational language and software (e.g., c, Fortran, Python, Matlab)
  • Experience in applying hydrologic models at regional or national scales
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate in English orally and in writing
  • Strong record of productive and creative research, demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Capability of working collaboratively in a team environment and interacting effectively with a broad range of colleagues across both national and international institutions

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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