Water Resources Engineer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, TN, US


The Biodiversity and Sustainable Systems Section (BSSS) within the Environmental Sciences Division (http://www.esd.ornl.gov), at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, http://www.ornl.gov), is seeking to hire an early career Water Resources Engineer with the skills and creativity to apply water resources engineering knowledge towards the assessment and advancement of innovative water power development. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can bring unique skills in the fields of riverine hydropower, marine hydrokinetics, hydraulics modeling and experiment, hydrodynamics theory, sedimentation, and eco-hydraulics. A successful candidate is also expected to have interdisciplinary teamwork skills with researchers in hydrology, computation, informatics, ecology, and environmental economics. The candidate will benefit from the unique capabilities at ORNL and is expected to develop cutting-edge research for clean, renewable, and sustainable future energy.

ESD is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with more than 60 years of achievement in local, regional, national, and international environmental research. Our vision is to expand scientific knowledge and develop innovative strategies and technologies that will strengthen the nation’s leadership in creating solutions to help sustain the Earth’s natural resources. Our scientists conduct research, develop technology, and perform analyses to understand and assess responses of environmental systems at the environment-human interface and the consequences of alternative energy and environmental strategies.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

Develop, improve, and implement novel water power theories and technologies to promote the sustainable growth of national clean and renewable energy.

Develop experimental and/or numerical analysis tools to advance our understanding of ecohydraulics and morphodynamics.

Design and supervise efforts to acquire, evaluate, analyze, and archive data relevant to water power development and water-dependent energy systems.

Lead and participate in research partnerships with industrial and academic partners.

Lead or contribute to proposal development to clean and renewable energy development.

Publish high-quality, impactful, peer-reviewed journal articles and reports.

Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

Qualifications Required:

2 years of post-PhD experience.

PhD in engineering, physics, or related discipline.

Experience in water power resource characterization, environmental impact science, and machine design and modeling.

Experience in field or laboratory testing of water power technology prototypes.

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required.

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

Other Information:

Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, and a list of at least three references.

At a minimum, we request that applicants include an updated CV and list of references as part of the application packet.

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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