Job ID: 147794

PostDoctoral Scholar in Marine Energy

Oregon State University

  • Oct. 16, 2020
  • PostDoctoral Scholar in Marine Energy
  • Pacific Marine Energy Center & Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Oregon State University
    Corvallis, OR
  • Open until filled
  • Nov. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Ocean Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Civil Engineering

The Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) at Oregon State University is recruiting a post-doctoral scholar to provide marine energy research, development, testing, and student mentoring support. PMEC has a wide range of R&D activities on-going and is looking for an inquisitive, self-motivated, and passionate PostDoc to join our team.

PMEC is a competitively designated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Center focused on the responsible
advancement of marine energy by expanding scientific understanding, engaging stakeholders, and educating
students. Within PMEC, researchers from Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and the
University of Alaska Fairbanks work closely with marine energy technology developers, academic and National Laboratory researchers, coastal community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators, and other government officials, to address key challenges in the sector and accelerate its emergence. We serve as an objective voice regarding the opportunities, capabilities, and effects of marine energy, including wave, tidal, riverine, and offshore wind resources. For additional information about the activities within PMEC, please visit:

Given the breadth of on-going projects (from real-time hybrid modelling of offshore wind turbines, new wave maker designs, WEC-based AUV-recharge, hydrodynamic optimization, non-linear waves, PTO control, etc …), the exact position responsibilities will be designed to maximise the benefit of the successful applicant’s skills and assist them to achieve personal research objectives.

The successful applicant will:

  • Collaborate with the PMEC Director and PMEC-affiliated faculty to conduct cutting edge research, develop and conduct a variety of tests for wave and offshore wind prototypes.
  • Conduct numerical and physical modelling of marine energy technologies; possibly including mechanical, hydrodynamic and electrical design aspects.
  • Support undergraduate and graduate student success.
  • Collaborate across engineering, social science, liberal arts and humanities research streams.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in engineering or relevant discipline (mechanical, civil, ocean, electrical, environmental, etc).
  • Proven track-record of independent research, critical thinking, and successful academic publications.
  • Experience in numerical modelling.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Numerical modelling of the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic effects for ocean conditions. Example numerical codes include WEC-Sim, ProteusDS, FAST and OrcaFlex.
  • Mechanical design experience utilizing Solidworks (or similar CAD package) and associated manufacturing skills.
  • Experience working with scaled prototypes in wave tanks, flumes, and similar.

Position available: November 1, 2020 (open until filled)

This is a full-time, 12-month Postdoctoral Scholar position, located in Corvallis, Oregon. Position is a 1-year appointment; however, extension is possible based on satisfactory performance and mutual agreement.

U.S. citizens and residents will be prioritized.
Stipend and benefits conform with postdoctoral scholar standards at Oregon State. More information about
postdoctoral scholar appointments at Oregon State can be found at

For full consideration, apply by October 30th. Applicants must email the following documents in a single PDF file (Word documents will not be opened) to the contact listed:

  • A detailed CV and academic transcript
  • A one-page statement describing your background and how you fit the advertised position
  • Contact information for three references

The subject line of your email should contain the following text: "PMEC Post-doctoral scholar in Marine Energy (your last name)." Please note that only candidates that meet the required skills and expertise will be contacted.

  • Please note that OSU and PMEC commit to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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Contact Information

  • Brenda Langley, Operations & Communication Manager
    Pacific Marine Energy Center
    Oregon State University
    Corvallis, OR

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