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Requisition Number 17-0024
Post Date 3/3/2017
Title Research Engineer - Advanced Reaction Systems/Gasification Program
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
This position serves as a member of the NRCCE Energy Programs Division (EPD) supporting the programs of the Research and Innovation Center (RIC) of the US DOE, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) (Morgantown and Pittsburgh locations). The incumbent in this position will support collaborative research in modeling of coal-based and natural gas-based energy systems that involves both NETL and WVU research team members. The incumbent in this position will develop and apply advanced modeling tools and techniques to design and optimize the performance of advanced energy systems based on coal, natural gas, and other fuels and technologies. Work performed by this position is primarily directed toward mathematical and computational modeling of, and software development for, advanced energy systems, primarily based on fossil fuels. This work will emphasize the development and application of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification (VV&UQ) techniques applied using the NETL MFiX Software Suite. The incumbent will also design and recommend the development of fundamental physical experiments to support and validate the VVUQ activities. Work assignments will be in support of the NETL Multiphase Flow Science team in the RIC (MFS-RIC). The incumbent will also provide mentoring support to junior researchers in mathematical modeling and software development.

This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and independently resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness, and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program and project image, with potential legal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Responsible for meeting task requirements of NETL and AECOM research managers in attaining goals established for the NETL Multiphase Flow Science team and RIC programs as delineated in the statements of work pertaining to funding awards supporting this position.
2) Responsible for meeting the reporting and training requirements established by NETL and by AECOM, the prime contractor under the RES program providing site support services for RIC in the area of research and development.
3) Responsible for providing R&D technical support for the NETL multiphase flow sciences team and for mentoring and guidance for junior researchers in mathematical modeling and software development.
4) Responsible for collaborating with the multiphase flow science team on numerical / analytical / computational and mathematical studies of advanced energy conversion systems, and also responsible for applying experimental data to model validation and improvement.
5) Performing computational model development and computational research for advanced energy conversion systems.
6) Developing high fidelity analytical and computational models of steady state and dynamic flows in advanced energy conversion systems.
7) Analyzing experimental data from laboratory tests and published data from other authors.
8) Active participation in the group meetings of the NETL multiphase flow science team, including open discussions and presentation of research updates.
9) Assisting in the preparation of technical papers, reports, conference papers, and annual and quarterly reports. All presentation material(s) and journal papers shall be sent through AECOM/NETL for review and comment before submission to external units for technical review for publication or for presentation.
10) Presenting the results of the research at technical conferences and publishing in archival journals.
11) Developing, designing, and recommending physical experiments, including recommendations for identifying measurement locations, for obtaining data to validate computational models and uncertainty estimates.

Supervisory/Lead Role
The position reports administratively to the NRCCE Director. The position will also have technical reporting responsibilities to AECOM and NETL personnel overseeing the NETL multiphase flow sciences program. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Supervision of others is not required; however, sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur or be assigned in this position.

Physical Demands
Strong eye-hand coordination, as well as the ability to finger and feel; ordinary communication and hearing; as well as strong visual acuity, near and far, depth perception, color and field vision are required to successfully perform the responsibilities of this position. Activities are predominantly non-manual though some manual work may be included. Laboratory work will be required, and the incumbent is expected to adhere to safety and health protocols established by NETL and AECOM.

Work Environment
Work is performed in standard office and laboratory settings with shared equipment and light traffic. Moderate noise levels, exposure to electricity, fumes, and chemicals will occur. Use of protective clothing and/or equipment and compliance with safety precautions is required. The incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures and to maintain all certifications required by NETL and/or AECOM as a condition of working on site at the NETL campuses.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering or a closely related field with an emphasis in computational multiphase fluid dynamics in gas-solids reacting flows, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling;
2) 1 – 2 years of postgraduate research and development experience in computational, mathematical and analytical model development relevant to energy conversion and chemical process systems that includes an emphasis on computational multiphase flow with experience in the development and application of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification techniques to multiphase flows;
3) A combination of education and experience will be considered.

1) Incumbent must be able to meet the requirements for gaining clearance to work on the NETL campus.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Ability to develop and use computational fluid dynamics models for multiphase unsteady flows which span multiple flow regimes.
2) Experience in the design, implementation and maintenance of scientific software.
3) Experience in FORTRAN, C, Python, and C++ computer languages.
4) Ability to design and implement new computational models as well as the ability to assess and modify existing models in computational codes used by NETL researchers; ability to develop, design, and recommend physical experiments to obtain data necessary for model validation and uncertainty quantification.
5) Proficiency in computational modeling of complex multiphase flows, heat transfer, thermal management
6) Experience in using CFD software such as the NETL MFIX Suite and ANSYS FLUENT/CFX.
7) Experience in performing CFD simulation and comparing results of the analysis with experimental measurements.
8) Working knowledge of multiphase flow modeling and analysis using Eulerian-Eulerian and Eulerian-Lagrangian methodologies for gas-solid and gas-liquid multiphase flows.
9) Ability to document model development activities including, but not limited to, modeling theory, numerical techniques, verification and validation tests, and user manuals.
10) Ability to document and present research results, including using power point presentations and making podium presentations at technical meetings.
11) Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary/multi-organization team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines.
12) Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the scientific and business community.
13) Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents related to pertinent areas of research.
14) Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format as well as use original or innovative techniques or styles due to the nature of the scientific content of the material being presented.
15) Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences.
16) Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
17) Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (e.g., formulas, scientific equations, graphs) in its most difficult phases.
18) Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
19) Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
20) Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.\
21) Ability to meet deadlines; prepare, present and report results effectively.
22) Ability to do strategic planning for program development.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercises discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
Experience/knowledge is preferred in the following areas:
1) Rotating Detonation Combustion computational and experimental studies;
2) Ability to write competitive proposals in area of expertise;
3) Ability to apply research results to industrial applications.
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