Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division (EAEI) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The postdoctoral scholar will work in the Sustainable Energy Systems group in the EAEI Division, Energy Technologies Area. The incumbent will focus on the economic and environmental performance of various bioenergy and bioproduct production processes from municipal solid waste, agricultural residues, other organic wastes, and dedicated lignocellulosic biomass. The position will also entail cost analyses of related technologies, specifically distributed generation and district energy systems. The successful postdoctoral scholar should have a technical background (civil, environmental, or chemical engineering or related field), experience conducting life-cycle assessment and/or techno economic analysis. Some background in modeling bioenergy systems is strongly preferred. The postdoctoral scholar will be located at the main LBNL site, with occasional visits to the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) satellite location in Emeryville, CA.
What You Will Do:
Develop and build on under-development life-cycle assessment and technoeconomic models for conversion of organic waste to energy and products, with a specific emphasis on California
Collaborate with geospatial modelers, chemists, and biologists to integrate empirical results into technoeconomic and life-cycle models, and feed those results to broader scenario analyses
Proactively engage in discussions with other research groups to identify opportunities for conducting environmental analyses
Conduct technical potential analyses to understand the magnitude of potential production for different biomass/organic waste resources and end products
Participate in reporting to funders and present results to key stakeholders
Facilitate collaborations with academic, government, and industrial entities
Participate in educational and outreach activities
Keep and maintain accurate and detailed records of all research performed.
Develop skills in key software packages and work to build models that link tools together for improved automation
What is Required:
Ph.D. degree in an engineering or science discipline, ideally related to environmental or chemical engineering
Experience in conducting technoeconomic analysis/cash flow modeling
Experience with geospatial modeling tools such as ArcGIS or similar
Experience with life-cycle environmental assessment
Some familiarity with software such as SuperPro and AspenPlus
Background in bioenergy/bio-products research
Demonstrated competency in carrying out analysis of complex systems relying on diverse datasets
Proficiency with MS Office and at least one programming language (R, C/C++, Python, FORTRAN, Java)
Demonstrated publication record or papers from Ph.D. currently under review
Ability to work independently and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues in a dynamic environment
Flexible, approachable and able to prioritize and manage multiple cross-functional projects
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on March 5, 2018.
This is a full time 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.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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
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.
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