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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Water Resources Science and Engineering

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Location1 Bethel Valley Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionRelocation assistance
Requisition Id 8405
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 two Postdoctoral Research Associates who will support the Water Resources Science and Engineering Group, Biodiversity and Sustainable Systems Section (BSSS), in the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate (BESSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Post-doctoral Research Associates will have the skills and creativity to apply water resources engineering knowledge towards the assessment and advancement of innovative waterpower and engineering development.

We are interested in qualified candidates who can bring unique skills in one or more of the following fields: hydrology and hydraulics, hydropower and/or hydrokinetics energy, hydrodynamics modeling and experiment, geospatial data analysis, hydroclimate impact assessment, and high-performace computting. A successful candidate will have strong interdisciplinary teamwork skills as they will be expected to work with researchers in water resources engineering, computation, informatics, ecology, and environmental economics. The candidate will benefit from the unique capabilities at ORNL and will have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge research supporting clean, renewable, and sustainable 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 nations leadership in creating solutions to help sustain the Earths 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:

Conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources management for global energy-water security
Develop, improve, and implement novel waterpower theories and technologies to promote the sustainable growth of national clean and renewable energy
Lead and participate in research partnerships with industrial and academic partners
Lead or contribute to proposals for future research related 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

Basic Qualifications:

A PhD in Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science, or a related field completed within the last 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in at-least one of the fields:

Geospatial and remote sensing data analysis (e.g., GIS, Google Earth Engine)
Waterpower resource evaluation, and environmental impact science
Field, laboratory, or numerical testing of waterpower technologies or hydraulic structures
Hydrologic, hydraulic, and reservoir management modeling
Hydroclimate extremes and impact assessment

Strong scripting and programming skills (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, C, Fortran)

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

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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.

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