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Tue, 21 Nov 2006 21:35:59 -0500
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Sr. Research Engineer - APECS R&D

The WVU Research Corporation seeks applications for the position of Senior Research Engineer/Scientist - APECS R&D.  The position is in the National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) at West Virginia University (WVU) and serves as an R&D liaison to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) in support of further development of its R&D100 Award-winning Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS).  The applicant will establish a comprehensive and collaborative R&D program focused on the continued development and demonstration of the APECS software framework for high-fidelity process/equipment co-simulation to improve the design, analysis, and optimization of fossil-energy systems.  

The APECS R&D Senior Research Engineer/Scientist will also contribute to the recently launched Collaboratory for Process & Dynamic Systems Research (‘Collaboratory’) between NETL, WVU, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University.  The objective of the Collaboratory is to accelerate the development of an advanced process systems engineering capability for fossil energy systems and promote its use to produce increasingly valuable outcomes for DOE and the Nation.  This assignment will be accomplished through the continued development and application of NETL’s APECS technology, along with an increased focus on R&D activities in the areas of dynamic simulation, advanced process control, stochastic analysis, plant-wide optimization, and real-time training applications.

The APECS R&D Senior Research Engineer/Scientist will be assigned management and coordination duties in all major phases of the APECS R&D program, including detailed planning, research projects, software development, testing, deployment, documentation, and training, as well as on-going support within the Collaboratory.  The incumbent will also contribute technically to R&D projects in the areas of CAPE-OPEN software interoperability, reduced-order modeling, co-simulation solution strategies and advanced analysis tools, post-processing and visualization, integration with virtual engineering software, distributed and parallel computing, and dynamic simulation.  In addition, the incumbent will coordinate Collaboratory interactions with APECS technology collaborators and advisory panel members, including members from universities, research organizations, software vendors, and end users from the process and energy industries.

Responsibilities require advanced knowledge of processes and procedures to support duties of the position and demonstrated knowledge of steady-state and dynamic process simulation, CFD, process/CFD co-simulation, and reduced-order modeling.  Supervision of others is not required; however, project lead responsibilities, sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role.  The successful candidates will possess a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, and at least 5 years of experience in the development of process systems engineering and/or CFD software; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience to fulfill position requirements.  A strong working knowledge of the process industry CAPE-OPEN software standard, C++/object-oriented programming, and COM/CORBA middleware technology is also required.  

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The WVURC is an EEO employer. In order to receive consideration for this position, applicants should send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to:  WVURC Department of Human Resources, PO Box 6221, Morgantown, WV  26506.  Applications must be submitted by email to:  [log in to unmask] and a confirming copy must be sent via regular mail.  Applications should reference the APECS R&D position.

Stephen E. Zitney, Ph.D.
Director, Collaboratory for Process & Dynamic Systems Research
Office of Research & Development
U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880 
TEL: 304-285-1379
FAX: 304-285-0903
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