Sr. Research Engineer APECS R&D (NRCCE118)


The West Virginia University Research Corporation seeks applications for the position of Senior Research Engineer– APECS R&D.  The position is in the National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) at West Virginia University (WVU) and serves as a research and development (R&D) liaison to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Morgantown and Pittsburgh locations in support of further development of NETL’s R&D100 Award-winning Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS). This position will be discovering and/or “inventing” processes, descriptions of processes, and creating computer code/programs that will be key to advancement in the utilization of energy systems; therefore, the work of this scientist will have an impact on the economic and physical well-being of human populations. 


The APECS R&D Senior Research Engineer 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.  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.  These R&D projects will be conducted under the auspices of the Collaboratory for Process & Dynamic Systems Research (‘Collaboratory’) between NETL, WVU, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition, the incumbent will coordinate R&D interactions with other APECS technology collaborators, including researchers from other universities, 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.  Position will require project lead responsibilities, sharing of knowledge and team participation.  The successful candidate 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 and use of process simulation (e.g., Aspen Plus®) and/or CFD software (e.g., FLUENT®, COMSOL Multiphysics®); 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 desirable. 


Competitive salary and benefits package offered. In order to receive consideration for this position, applicants should apply at AAE/EOE.



Tim McVicker
Human Resources
West Virginia University Research Corporation
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