The Vehicle Power Electronics Research Group of Vehicle & Mobility Systems Section in Buildings and Transportation Science Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for an R&D staff position to conduct research on advanced electromagnetics and power electronics for high-power wireless charging system for electric vehicles. The successful candidate will be capable of performing high-fidelity finite element analysis, modeling, simulation, and design of wireless charging systems and work in the modeling, simulation, design, and characterization of high-power compensation networks, power electronics systems, resonant circuits, inverters, rectifiers, and electric vehicle charging systems.
Major Duties / Responsibilities
- Conduct R&D projects and help the expansion of R&D to take advantage of our multidisciplinary capabilities, multimodal strengths, and unique tools and capabilities.
- Be familiar with state of the art in high-power magnetics, resonant circuit, and power electronics technologies. Be well versed in various modeling and simulation programs.
- Perform electromagnetic and thermal Finite Element Analysis (FEA) based designs and optimizations for high-power high-frequency magnetics, especially focusing on wireless charging systems for electric vehicles.
- Capable of carrying designs through prototype building and evaluation.
- Network and develop collaborative R&D with other groups and divisions internally and with DOE, the industry, and the automotive and charging system OEMs.
- Prior experience in high-power wireless charging systems is preferred.
- Prepare new proposals to the internal and external funding agencies.
- Have excellent oral and written skills for preparing and presenting research results to sponsors, peer reviewers, industry partners and others and at technical meetings such as IEEE and SAE sponsored conferences.
- A Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a focus on electromagnetics and power electronics.
- Experience with advanced magnetics, magnetic materials and geometries, and power semiconductor technologies and its applications.
- Experience in high-fidelity finite element modeling and simulations of electromagnetic systems.
- Knowledge of high-power resonant circuit design and simulation software tools is desired.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills to make presentations to sponsors and others and to prepare reports, proposals, and publications/journal articles.
- Strong interpersonal skills to support team building and leadership.
- A publication history in prestigious international conferences and journals.
- Demonstrated publication record of scientific results in either peer-reviewed journals, or presentations at national meetings, are expected.
- Prior work experience with the automotive industry will be valued for this position.
- A strong commitment to scientific integrity is an important requirement.