Join our talent network

Job #: R-00012062
Location: Morgantown, WV
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil


Job Requisition:

Research Scientist/Engineer

Job Description:

No two career paths will ever look the same. At Leidos, we know the most talented and diverse IT and engineering professionals will always have a multitude of career choices; your time at Leidos will be a wise investment in your career and in yourself. We welcome your perspective and ideas, in order to foster collaboration and deliver world-class solutions.  We look for solutions that not only transform businesses, but change the world.

Our Civil business is helping to modernize and manage infrastructure, systems and controls, and cybersecurity for civilian agencies and commercial clients around the globe. With core competencies in information technology, energy and environment, complex logistics, and specialized engineering, we solve technical challenges and implement newfound efficiencies on a number of programs!

Protect yourself and your family, with the benefits of working for a world-class employer. When you join Leidos, you join a Fortune 500 company and one of Ethisphere Institute’s “World's Most Ethical Companies”

Leidos...We strive to make the complex clear

Leidos currently has an opening for a Research Scientist/Engineer to work at the US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown WV. The Research Scientist/Engineer in this position will conduct systems level modeling of super critical CO2 power systems. The objective is to define optimized “exemplar” system configurations and develop understanding of the characteristics these systems for the purposes of research community guidance and program decision making. The models will be exercised to examine off-design performance of the direct-fired cycle. Efficiency over a range of load conditions and ambient temperatures will be determined. Initial controls may also be implemented.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities are functional in nature and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop modeling and simulation computational technology as a team member in a collaborative environment on projects ranging from individual process units for power generation or coal conversion plants to entire plants.  Goals include the development of steady-state and dynamic process models which will be used to examine off-design performance and control, with emphasis on supercritical CO2 power cycles.
  • Develop procedures to estimate modeling uncertainty during process upscaling.
  • Provide support to meet NETL and LRST reporting and administrative requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education:  A Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or a closely related field with emphasis on developing advanced computer models for the steady-state and dynamic modeling of coal-based power plant process units and overall plants and/or coal conversion systems;
  • At least one year of experience in research and development applied to steady-state and dynamic simulation of process engineering systems, and a strong background in thermal and fluid sciences with advanced computer modeling experience;  OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive experience using commercial steady-state and dynamic process modeling software including Aspen Plus, Aspen Plus Dynamics, Aspen Custom Modeler, DYNSIM, and risk analysis software.
  • Ability to apply dynamic modeling techniques to various process units such as CO2 capture systems (solid sorbents, solvents), heat exchanger networks, air separation, power generation, and energy integrated systems.
  • The ability to implement basic controls in the Aspen Plus software environment. 
  • Experience in dynamic control of energy systems for power generation
  • Knowledge with the optimization of energy systems and uncertainty quantification
  • Knowledge of both indirect-fired and direct-fired supercritical CO2 power cycles. 
  • Ability and knowledge related to modeling devices for CO2 capture in fossil energy plants, with emphasis on pre-and post-combustion CO2 capture for coal-fired power plants and coal conversion systems. 
  • Ability to prepare models and evaluate their performance in simulating carbon capture technologies.
  • Ability to quantify model uncertainty propagation during process upscaling. 
  • Experience with the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative’s (CCSI) open source software product called FOQUS (Framework for Optimization Quantification of Uncertainty and Surrogates)
  • Experience with Matlab software. 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary/multi-organization team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations.
  • demonstrated ability to author high quality research publications
  • This position requires extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are a necessity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Sound knowledge of Bayesian hierarchical modeling, multi-scale modeling, UQ and Gaussian processes is preferred.

Clearance:  Candidate must be able to meet the requirements for gaining clearance to work on the NETL campus

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:




Requisition Category:


Job Family:

Research Scientist



Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information at any part of the employment application process. And Leidos will communicate with you only through emails that are sent from a email address. If you receive an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information, please report the email to

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

Talent Community

Join our Talent Community to create a profile, enabling a streamlined application process and to help our recruiters better understand your areas of expertise and interest.

Join our Talent Community