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An opportunity exists within the RSS Contract at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)-Pittsburgh to join an interdisciplinary team participating in developing new optical fiber sensor technologies for energy infrastructure sensing applications, with an emphasis on natural gas infrastructure. The Optical Scientist will collaborate on an interdisciplinary team spanning industry, academic, and national laboratory partners that seeks to develop and demonstrate advanced sensors and enabling technologies for energy infrastructure monitoring applications. The team seeks a candidate with a strong background in distributed fiber optic interrogator development and fiber-optic devices and systems for physical and chemical sensing in energy infrastructure monitoring applications.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
- Develop fiber-optic devices and sensing platforms to monitor the structural health of energy infrastructure with an emphasis on natural gas pipelines.
- Develop and prototype distributed optical fiber interrogators for long-distance and distributed sensing in both lab testing and field demonstration.
- Model the physics of light propagation in unaltered and functionalized optical fibers and interaction with surrounding media and external stimuli.
- Prototype, develop and deploy novel fiber-optics sensors for environmental conditions monitoring.
- Strong collaborative interactions are expected with material scientists as well as other device level scientists focused on the distributed gas and chemical sensing for natural gas pipelines.
- Publications in high quality scientific peer-reviewed journals, presentations at national and international technical meetings
- Development of new intellectual property based on the innovative research
- Period status reporting and project reports (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and clients
- This position will require extensive interface with clients and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
- PhD degree in Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering or a related field of study.
- Experience in distributed fiber optic interrogator development based on optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) and optical frequency-domain reflectometry (OFDR).
- Knowledge of optical spectroscopy techniques including UV/Vis/Near-IR, ellipsometry, fluorescence, fiber coating, fiber Bragg gratings, interferometric sensing, optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR), optical frequency-domain reflectometry (OFDR), Rayleigh and other backscatter phenomena
- Hands-on familiarity with laboratory equipment such as lasers, photodiode detectors, fusion splicers, electro-optic modulators, spectrophotometer, oscilloscopes, optical spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and data acquisition and processing systems
- Experience with simulation of fiber-optics waveguide devices with algorithms such as Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), beam propagation method (BPM), Finite element method (FEM) using software packages such as COMSOL; mathematical solutions software such as MATLAB.
- Excellent communication skills and a willingness and interest to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team environment to drive towards overall project and team objectives is highly desired.
- Strong background in Optics, fiber-optic sensing technologies and techniques.
- Hands-on experience with optical fiber and designing optical systems is highly desired.
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External Referral Bonus:Ineligible
Potential for Telework:Yes, 75%
Clearance Level Required:None
Travel:Yes, 10% of the time
Scheduled Weekly Hours:40
Job Family:Research Scientist
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