Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis and Environment Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join their Sustainable Energy Systems Group.
In this role, you will participate in several multi-disciplinary projects that combine process engineering, techno-economic analysis, and computational science to understand the potential and possible end uses for (1) electrochemical conversion-based refineries via low and high temperature electrosynthesis of chemicals, and (2) for advanced material-based energy storage technologies including those that would rely on advanced composites and adsorptive materials. This position will conduct rigorous process engineering and prospective techno-economic analysis for benchmarking and modeling system performance metrics (upfront and running costs, energy balance, scalability, operation logistics). These metrics will be used to screen both emerging technologies and viable end-uses, as well as support optimization of processes.
What You Will Do:
Contribute process modeling in software such as Matlab, R, and ProSim and conduct techno-economic analysis to evaluate potential impacts of deploying targeted technologies in key end-use applications and sectors.
Collaborate 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.
Participate in routine Sustainable Energy System Group meetings.
Assist with mentoring of interns.
Contribute to research proposals and grants as needed.
What is Required:
Recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or relevant field.
Strong programming experience and familiarity with software versioning systems for process engineering.
Knowledge of green chemistry, electrochemical conversion processes, and materials for gas separation and energy storage technologies a plus.
Proven ability to publish results in relevant journals.
Ability to work in an integrated diverse team environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Interest in solving science challenges, particularly in energy.
What We Prefer:
Experience working on green chemistry technologies including electrochemical conversion and hydrogen-rich energy carriers.
Interest in multi-disciplinary research to influence policy and technology development.
Requested Application Materials:
Cover letter with research statement
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on June 16, 2020.
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 paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
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.
Work will be primarily performed 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.
Berkeley Lab's Postdoc Program is committed to providing Postdoctoral Researchers and Visiting scholars with a positive and impactful experience to jump start their career through premium research and career development, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, and strong community. For more information, please visit our Berkeley Lab Postdoc Resources site and our Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association site.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.