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Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher - Scalable Infrastructure Planning & Modeling



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center and the Strategic Energy Analysis Center  at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in system-level modeling of complex systems, ideally  focusing on transportation systems and related infrastructure or electric power systems to join a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team of analysts and modelers developing and applying state-of-the art 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, such as assessing the impact of electric vehicle on power system planning and operation.   

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement new advanced methods for solving infrastructure system modeling problems coupling multiple sectors
  • Research technology innovation, cross sector systems integration, mobility services, electric vehicle integration, policy and finance options and issues in system planning and operation; and consider how to implement them into infrastructure system models.
  • Undertake quality control to ensure analytical models 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.
  • Design scenario ensembles for analysis projects, execute scenarios, and digest and interpret results to answer relevant questions.
  • Document results and disseminate insights in journal papers and conference presentations



Basic QualificationsMust be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Additional Required Qualifications

    Preferred Qualifications

    • At least 3 years of experience in developing and applying computational models of infrastructure systems and/or related markets,
    • 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 and/or Python,
    • Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills,
    • Good knowledge of one or more infrastructure sectors and related policy and regulatory issues and general transportation analysis.


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