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Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho
Date Posted 09/21/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 10/19/2020
Full Job Description

Job Information

Job Title: Hydrogen Energy Systems Postdoctoral Research Associate

Org: Hydrogen and Thermal Systems
Contact: Thomas.Steele@inl.gov
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80's)

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 talented Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in high temperature laboratory tests and multiphysics modeling for simulating integrated energy systems that involve heat, fluid and electron transport. This posting is for multiple positions, so expertise in all the areas described above is not necessary. However, competency in multiple key areas is highly desired. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with senior staff members to solve applied and operational problems in the areas of R&D for Energy and Environment, Nuclear Programs, and National and Homeland Security. In the near term, the successful candidate will support the design and fabrication of complete portable hydrogen electrolysis systems that can be deployed to industrial partners for commercial demonstrations. This work may include designing thermal dispatch systems for industrial partners to supply the steam needed for high temperature electrolysis.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to

  • Perform design engineering and participate in physical tests using highly specialized equipment/instruments operated at low and high temperatures with flammable gases;
  • Develop Multiphysics and possibly multiscale simulations involving heat, fluid, and electron transport
  • Assist in performing qualification and operational tests for assigned instruments/equipment;
  • Develop innovative ways to perform tasks/activities in a remote environment;
  • Interact with Researchers to develop equipment/systems to accomplish research activities;
  • Support maintenance activities for assigned equipment/instruments;
  • Collect, assimilate, interpret and then report technical data via numerous media as required to meet programmatic goals;
  • Act as a team member supporting and coordinating ongoing tasks;
  • Participate in writing proposals, project costing, and business plan development;
  • Interact with other technical personnel as well as mission support staff from other organizations;
  • Contribute to the development of new capabilities and intellectual property;
  • Perform tasks on an independent basis without excessive oversight.

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 must have doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field. Ph.D. must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years.
  • The candidate must additionally have experience in multiphysics simulations involving heat and fluid transport
  • The candidate must have experience in operating laboratory equipment or other machinery.
  • Expertise in Multiphysics modeling using Comsol, Abaqus, STARCCM+, ANSYS or similar software package
  • Expertise in Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor, Labview, VBA, ChemCAD, Python.
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.

Walking – prolonged, Twisting, Standing – prolonged, Applying torque (arms), Bending/stooping, Pushing/pulling, Squatting, Overhead work, Grasping/gripping, Repetitive work, Fine motor control (hands), Visually demanding work, Speech discrimination, Audio alarms, Depth perception, High noises, Cold stress, Machine/eletrical hazards, >8 Hrs/day, Power tools, Overtime/irregular hours, Working alone, Protective clothing, Typing/keyboard

Please Apply Before: October 18, 2020

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
When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

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.

JOB: Postdoc
SCHEDULE: Full-time
JOB POSTING: Sep 18, 2020, 8:06:57 PM
UNPOSTING DATE: Oct 19, 2020, 12:59:00 AM
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