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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher - Biorefinery Analysis in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher - Biorefinery Analysis

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)

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Hours Per Week

40

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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 NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. The National Bioenergy Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher within the Biorefinery Analysis (also known as Economic, Sustainability, and Market Analysis) group. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

The National Bioenergy Center is conducting research aimed at quantifying the economic potential for biomass/biorefinery conversion technologies, as well as understanding opportunities and risks for scaling such technologies up to commercial implementation. This position will entail process modeling, techno-economic analysis (TEA), and life-cycle assessment (LCA), with a particular focus on providing support for biochemical conversion technologies (e.g. biomass deconstruction and fermentation), algae technologies (e.g. algal biomass cultivation and conversion), and strategic support including risk analysis for scale-up and deployment moving from bench/pilot-scale research to commercial-scale implementation. Working with a dynamic, analytical and modeling team will be a critical component of this position, and analysis will be expected to guide experimental research efforts.

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Assimilate a wide variety of information and data into engineering assessments

  • Envision, develop, and optimize process flow diagrams reflecting integrated process operations

  • Communicate analysis results effectively, both written and oral

  • Author peer-reviewed publications

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Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent, PhD graduate within the last three years in chemical engineering, bioengineering or related field.

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Additional Required Qualifications

  • Research/analysis experience with an emphasis on biochemical conversion and/or algae process development

  • Demonstrated experience in process modeling with tools such as Aspen Plus

  • Demonstrated experience in life-cycle assessment with tools such as SimaPro/GREET

  • Demonstrated experience with data acquisition, management and analysis

  • Knowledge of technology risk assessment, risks and uncertainties associated with technology scale-up, and pioneer versus “ nth -plant” operations/economics

  • PhD degree in chemical engineering or related field

Preferred Qualifications

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Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Policy

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy (DOE). We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.

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