National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher - Biorefinery Analysis in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher - Biorefinery Analysis
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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
Must be a recent, PhD graduate within the last three years in chemical engineering, bioengineering or related field.
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
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