Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Computational Scientist, Compressible Flow Modeling


The Multiphysics Modeling and Flows group is seeking a skilled computational scientist to contribute to research in the integrated modeling of gas centrifuges and other enrichment technology.  In this role, you will have the opportunity to work with subject matter experts to develop and validate compressible gas dynamics modeling capabilities and analyze other aspects of enrichment technologies such as gas centrifuge cascades.  Both steady-state and transient flow effects are of interest.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to research and develop multiphysics modeling tools for centrifuge enrichment modeling, cascade modeling, and validating modeling tools against experimental data.
  • Interact with sponsors to define, execute, and report on relevant project elements.
  • Present non-sensitive research in professional journals and conferences.
  • Develop proposals and work statements for funding, and manage work scope and deliverables to sponsors.

Basic  Qualifications:

  • PhD in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering or related field and some relevant research experience.
  • R&D experience in the application of multiphysics modeling tools to integrated systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with usage and/or code development in a variety of programming langagues (FORTRAN, Python, C++, MatLab, Julia) and their application to scientific computing (e.g. automation, pre/post processing, data analysis, file I/O, parallel computing).  FORTRAN experience is particularly desirable.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of relevant professional R&D experience outside of Ph.D.
  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: compressible fluid flow, complex fluid flow networks, chemical process flow analysis, convective heat transfer, petrochemical processing.
  • Experience combining FORTRAN coding with C++
  • Demonstrated experience with the verification and/or validation of complex computational models and simulation results
  • Experience working in  a modern code development project
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to work in a team environment.
  • An active DOE Q clearance

Special Requirements:

This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements and to sensitive projects. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse program (WSAP) testing designed position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.

Benefits at ORNL:  

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.

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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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