Water and Power Systems Postdoctoral Research Associate

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Idaho Falls, ID, United States
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Job Title: Water and Power Systems Postdoctoral Research Associate   
Org: Energy Systems

Work Location:  Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80s)

Mission/Vision Statement

Empowering the Nation's Energy Future
Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Power and Energy Systems Department within the Energy and Environment Science & Technology (EES&T) Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral research associate with a background in water systems to advance water and power systems research. This postdoctoral position will cultivate a cross-cutting breadth of perspective in addition to depth of technical expertise in a few specific activity focus areas. The specific water systems to be investigated include hydropower, irrigation, and municipal water supply and treatment. Activities within the researcher's portfolio may include topics such as water inflow forecasting for hydropower and multi-sectoral uses, water resource characterization for water conveyance, and integrated water-power system resilience evaluation. These are broad, multi-disciplinary concepts that will benefit from a self-motivated researcher excited about contributing to diverse teams and performing stakeholder outreach as part of their postdoctoral position.

EES&T's role and mission is to develop and advance clean, smart and secure energy systems essential to national security, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability. It embodies science and engineering functions that contribute enabling technologies for today's national energy portfolio. It also augments the country's technical ability to collaborate on and overcome critical energy and water challenges that already impact tomorrow's energy choices. This position supports and integrates actions, activities, projects, & initiatives of the EES&T Directorate's Integrated Mission Plan and other INL research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) efforts.


The candidate should have a PhD Degree in water resources science/engineering or related field, must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years. Demonstrated technical understanding, research collaborations, and professional recognition through multiple in-process publications relevant to the defined Position Role. The candidate should also have demonstrated proposal writing and research project execution experience.

`The ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is highly desired.

Selective Service Requirements

To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas.  For more information see www.sss.gov.

Employee Job Functions

Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Motor Abilities: Fine motor control (hands).

Special Senses: Near vision; Speech discrimination.

Work Conditions: Hazardous chemical/waste; Typing/keyboard; >8 Hrs/day.

Please Apply Before: July 10, 2020 (Midnight)

Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements.  Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

Other Information

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INL Overview

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense.  With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

The Idaho Falls Area

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc.  For more information about the area, please visit www.visitidahofalls.com and www.visitidaho.org.