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Postdoctoral Researcher - Techno-Economic Analysis of Electrochemical and CO2 Utilization Processes
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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The National Bioenergy Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of techno-economic analysis of electrochemical and CO2 utilization processes. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

Job Duties: The successful candidate will support several multi-investigator, interdisciplinary projects with focus on techno-economic evaluation of electrochemical and other conversion pathways for the utilization of CO2 and other waste streams. The researcher will work under the supervision of senior analysts and researchers to develop models and scaled-up conceptual designs to understand the conversion processes and estimate their economics. This will help outline the most impactful research areas and their technical goals. Aspen Plus is the preferred process simulation tool. This researcher will document results and findings in detailed internal reports, contribute to peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.

Required Education and Experience: Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering or related fields granted within the last three years; experience with electrochemistry, electrochemical processes, CO2 and waste conversion processes, and the modeling of such processes. Experience with Aspen Plus modeling, and Excel (with VBA) will be strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to publish high impact research/analysis will also be a strong consideration for this position.

Additional Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to develop accurate and thorough techno-economic analysis models; working in a multi-disciplinary team; maintaining and facilitating effective technical communication with stakeholders including internal and external researchers; making strong individual contributions towards the development of impactful research products; good understanding of the fundamentals of chemical engineering allowing future diversification into other areas of research including electrochemical, thermochemical and biological conversion processes; proven ability to meet deadlines, work within budgets, and maintain good quality; being able to deliver under tight deadlines when necessary.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

Use of multiple process simulation tools, cost estimation tools, lifecycle analysis software; understanding of petroleum refinery processes; strong understanding of thermodynamics to help model new conceptual processes; experience with Fortran and deployment of custom models; experience performing electrochemical, electrocatalytic, and/or electrosynthesis experiments


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