Post-Doctoral Researcher - FSRI

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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Underwriters Laboratories Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to join our growing team.  FSRI research addresses the world’s unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers.  


As a post-doctoral researcher, you will collaborate with other researchers to apply a wide variety of scientific knowledge based in disciplines of mechanical and fire protection engineering with the goal of improving fire safety. 


Specifically, this two-year position is focused on addressing concerns related to advancements in experimental measurement and numerical modelling of heat transfer, chemical reaction phenomena, and products of combustion from battery fires.  Topic areas include: lithium ion battery fire suppression, stranded energy mitigation methods, characterization and mitigation of battery gas explosion hazards, and air and water contamination from battery fires.   


The post-doctoral researcher will assist in initiating the design, development, execution and implementation of fire safety research projects. Conducts experiments, modeling, and analysis to provide accurate data and information with the goal of developing that information into peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and on-line educational programs. Defines concepts and criteria to resolve major problems in current programs or approaches on topics related to fire safety engineering.  Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories and contributes to scientific literature and conferences. Uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of scientific problems.


UL Research Institutes has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

As a Post-Doctoral Researcher, you will play a key role in the fire safety research conducted by Underwriters Laboratories as you:

  • Conduct literature reviews to analyze fire and explosion incident data and laboratory test results in order to determine causes of problems and develop solutions. Evaluate technical specifications and factors related to process or design objectives.
  • Initiate, plan, design and execute scientific research, experiments and related activities to ensure timely completion of projects. Evaluate and document your results in formal reports and in peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Apply intensive and diverse knowledge of engineering concepts to specific research tasks. Exercise a high degree of judgment in formulating, evaluating, and correlating broad engineering research concepts and guiding the analysis of unique problems and developing new and improved techniques and methods.
  • Conduct research using physical and computational test methods ranging from bench-scale through full-scale.
  • Perform measurements with a variety of instruments and apparatus. This includes understanding the principles of operation to ensure appropriate application, functionality of the device, and the calibration status. Keep work area neat, clean, and safe.
  • Ensure that all data is backed-up, and is entered into the laboratory information management system (LIMS) or data repository and archived in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Stay ahead of changing technologies in the field by reading journals, scientific publications, and attending academic conferences.
  • Demonstrates potential for technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought.
  • Read and follow the Underwriters Laboratories Code of Conduct, and follow all laboratory safety, physical and digital security practices.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

The ideal candidate will bring several qualities to the team, including:

  • Positive and collaborative work ethic
  • Ability to operate at a strategic and operational level, including attention to detail and the ability to perform assigned duties
  • Positive and collaborative Interpersonal skills to work effectively with researchers across the organization.
  • High degree of curiosity to learn and support the fire safety research mission.
  • Problem solving skills with the ability to identify root causes, develop practical solutions, and work in collaboration with other researchers to address technical challenges.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and clear presentation skills
  • Responsiveness, flexibility, and a sense of urgency, with focus on both results and improvements for the short and long term.

Professional experience and education requirements for the role include: 

  • PhD in Mechanical, Chemical, Fire Protection Engineering or related field.
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of scientific/engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fire research experimentation practices and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of programing languages for data analysis and report development.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain academic and applied knowledge and skills.
  • High Proficiency with MS Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency with Cantera, CHEMKIN, FLACS and equivalent explosion models, LaTeX, Git, and Python are a plus.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 127 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any Underwriters Laboratories employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at Underwriters Laboratories. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at Underwriters Laboratories are eligible for bonus compensation. Underwriters Laboratories offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that Underwriters Laboratories contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.


Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.


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