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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Waterpower Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311509

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth Systems Science

Group: Earth Systems Predictability & Resiliency

Job Description

The candidate for this position will be a key contributor to interdisciplinary projects, sponsored by government agencies (e.g. the Department of Energy and US Army Corps of Engineers), to develop technologies for studying the environmental impact of renewable energy systems such as conventional hydropower, marine and hydrokinetic energy, and wind power. Examples include development of autonomous and mobile water quality monitoring systems for challenging locations, energy-harvesting devices for sensor platforms, field deployment and testing of sensing and telemetry systems or prototype devices near hydroelectric dams, wind farms, and marine and hydrokinetic systems. Job responsibility include autonomous sensor design, autonomous sensor platform design, experimental design, digital signal acquisition in laboratory and field settings, data processing and analysis, and leading journal article and report writing.

Candidates must have received a PhD in mechanical engineering, civil or environmental engineering, physical oceanography, or a related field.

The selected candidate must have demonstrated experience in advanced sensor design. The candidate must have demonstrated experience with digital signal acquisition and processing, surface water instrumentation and data acquisition, or acoustic instrument and measurements. The candidate must have experience with analysis and visualization tools (e.g., MATLAB; Tecplot; Excel). In addition, the successful candidate will be able to work well in a team setting; will exhibit a strong work ethic; will be self-motivated; and will place a high value on data quality and accuracy.. In addition, the candidate must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in mechanical engineering, civil or environmental engineering, physical oceanography, or a related field. 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in development of energy-harvesting devices (e.g., wave, thermal, mechanical, piezoelectric, etc.)

  • Hands-on experience of underwater autonomous vehicles, multi-robot network, or underwater acoustic

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Must be comfortable working in the field, including on a research vessel.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Earth Syst Predicta & Resil

Opening Date: 2021-04-02

Closing Date: 2021-04-23