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Postdoc: Energy System Modeler
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Job Description

Job Summary:

The Forecasting and Modeling Group is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in infrastructure system modeling (e.g. gas, water, transportation, electricity) to join a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team of analysts and modelers developing and applying state-of-the art infrastructure system models to conduct leading-edge analyses. The successful candidate would collaborate with a small team of researchers to develop a new class of multi-sector infrastructure models to explore emerging challenges in system evolution and operation.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Model development:

  • Develop and implement new advanced methods for solving infrastructure system modeling problems,
  • Research technology innovation, cross sector systems integration, consumer and institutional factors, policy and finance options and issues in system planning and operation; and consider how to implement them into infrastructure system models,
  • Implement new structures and algorithms into models,
  • Undertake quality control to ensure the modifications are working appropriately,
  • Develop new data architectures to generically and flexibly describe infrastructure systems,
  • Acquire relevant data, evaluate for quality, process into a structure that is useful to the model,
  • Collaborate with analysts working on other modeling teams to relate inputs and outputs across models.

Technology, Finance and Policy Analysis:

  • Contribute to a portfolio of scenario analyses evaluating the impacts of technology change, finance and business models, and regulation and policies on infrastructure system evolution and operations,
  • Design scenario ensembles for analysis projects, execute scenarios, and digest and interpret results for reporting,
  • Present work at conferences,
  • Write and publish results of analyses in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports,
  • Assist in the development of proposals for new work,
  • Help maintain relationships with professional peers from the Department of Energy, other National Labs, industry groups, state regulatory agencies, and academia, in order to identify key collaborations, and to obtain comments, suggestions, and critical reviews of ongoing analyses


    Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


    Preferred Qualifications

    • At least 3 years of experience in developing and applying computational models of infrastructure systems and/or related markets,
    • Significant experience with applied optimization and/or simulation techniques,
    • Demonstrated strong computer programming skills including languages relevant to model development, optimization, and database analysis (Preferred languages: Julia, Python),
    • Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills,
    • Good knowledge of one or more infrastructure sectors and related policy and regulatory issues.


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