Postdoctoral Fellow (Direct Air Capture System Design & Analysis)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internal Number: 93739
Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis and Environment Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct rigorous process engineering and prospective techno economic analysis of direct air capture (DAC) systems. The goal being to model system performance metrics (upfront and running costs, scalability, operation logistics) and work hand in hand with scientists conducting material discovery and development, as well as support optimization of processes such as thermal regeneration for specific deployment scenarios.
In this role, you will be involved in conducting research in a multidisciplinary project that combines techno economic analysis and computational science to understand the potential systems-level impacts of material-level scientific advances in DAC systems.
What You Will Do:
Conduct research in direct air capture system design and analysis.
Contribute process modeling in software such as ASPEN, Matlab, R, and ProSim and conduct techno economic analyses to evaluate potential impacts of deploying targeted technologies in key end-use applications and sectors.
Work in a multidisciplinary team environment, including backgrounds in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Statistics, Physics, Energy Technologies, Materials Science, and Computer Science.
Analyze and summarize data and present findings at internal lab meetings and scientific conferences.
Publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to scientific research papers and reports.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. in Chemical Science, Material Engineering, or a related discipline.
Knowledge of thermodynamics and materials for gas storage and separation.
Strong programming experience.
Evidence of ability to publish results in relevant journals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to keep an accurate and detailed physical or digital laboratory notebook.
Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work in an integrated diverse team environment.
What We Prefer:
Experience working on direct air capture (DAC) systems.
Interest in solving science challenges, particularly in energy.
Interest in multi-disciplinary research to influence policy and technology development.
For full consideration, please apply by September 29, 2021 with the following application materials:
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience.
Salary for postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree and is predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Due to COVID-19, this position may initially be performed remotely but limited to individuals who can reside in the United States. Once Berkeley Lab resumes full onsite operations, work may resume onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
The EAEI Division focuses on three broad areas: Energy Markets, Policy, and Infrastructure; Energy and Environmental Systems Analysis; and Appliance and Equipment Standards. We develop analytical and experimental methods and tools to assess the technical, economic, and market potential of energy technologies, as well as the associated social, economic, health, and environmental impacts.
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