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Senior Scientist, Connected and Automated Vehicles Research / NB50619094
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a scientific leader with a national and international reputation and record of accomplishment to serve as senior research scientist/engineer within the Energy and Transportation Science Division, focusing on Connected and Automated Vehicles Research.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
You will provide subject matter expertise and vision to assist in establishing ORNL as a national leader in connected and automated systems research. You will be responsible for rapidly growing the ORNL technical capabilities in this focused area by utilizing the multi-disciplinary facilities and capabilities within ORNL along with collaborators from academic and industry. You should have a strong familiarity with a wide variety of connected and automated vehicle technologies, including vehicle control theory, vehicle modeling and simulation, and vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications. Expertise in the following areas would be considered a plus:
  • Communication networks with an emphasis in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks, Wireless networks and Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Experience dealing with distributed congestion control for wireless networks
  • Knowledge of distributed computing, sensor fusion, and cooperative robotics
  • General familiarity with advanced powertrain systems, specifically for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)

    Qualifications Required:
  • Ph.D. in an engineering or scientific discipline relevant to connected and automated systems research and a recognized record of research accomplishments in that field, plus 10 years of relevant experience is required.
  • An established track record of strong leadership qualities, scientific reputation, building programs, team building and motivational skills, written and oral communication skills, and ability to manage to outcomes is a must. A proven record of engineering or scientific accomplishments is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical and strategic leadership ability applicable to running a large, diverse, team
  • oriented organization with a multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists is required.

    Work Directions and Interfaces:
  • Sustainable Transportation Program ORNLs sustainable transportation program is DOEs largest and most comprehensive transportation research portfolio with $80M/year of research expenditures and an additional $25M/year industrial cost-share. The program includes contributions from approximately 250 ORNL staff and a wide array of collaborators in other national laboratories, academia, and industry. We partner closely with the automotive industry in the southeast and across the country to advance transportation technologies. The program spans from light-duty to heavy-duty highway transportation and all other modes with rail, water, and air transportation projects. The program has four key focus areas which are (1) electrification, (2) efficiency of combustion and emissions, (3) data science and connected and automated vehicles, and (4) materials for future systems. The program has research on materials, components, vehicles, as well as full transportation and mobility systems.Our renewed effort is developing the vision and science for future multi-modal mobility systems in which freight and passengers have the opportunity to have a seamless experience to get to their destination in a safe, efficient, clean, and very convenient manner. Connectivity, automation, electrification, and alternative fuels are key technology cornerstones for this vision. ORNL is developing knowledge and technology to make these futures a reality. Cyber security and safety are key drivers for these futures. Join us in our venture to reinvent mobility and allow all people to be move freely in rural and urban environments.
  • National Transportation Research Center A core facility and competence of national statue in the Sustainable Transportation Program is the National Transportation Research Center housing a number of highly-sophisticated, experimental ORNL research laboratories that constitute the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Transportation Research Center User Facility (NTRC) supported by approximately 250 contributors across the laboratory.As a User Facility, NTRC offers industry, academia, and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies. These resources are critical to their efforts in the areas of improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and addressing transportation systems issues, such as traffic congestion, evacuation planning and highway safety.In addition to serving users, ORNL conducts approximately one-half of all its transportation research at NTRC. The nearly 200 ORNL employees based at NTRC work closely with government agencies, industry and universities through non-user facility partnerships including public-domain work for federal agencies, DOE-funded partnerships with industry, and proprietary contracts conducted on behalf of automotive companies and suppliers, large and small. Approximately 50 employees from The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research work at NTRC where they operate several transportation laboratories and occasionally collaborate with ORNL.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    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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