Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis and Environment Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Sustainable Transportation Initiative!
In this role, you will work on our high-performance agent-based transportation modeling and simulation platform BEAM (Behavior, Energy, Autonomy, and Mobility), in particular, to better represent passenger and freight transport within the system. This position will entail using existing models to simulate future travel and energy use under different scenarios of shared, connected, automated, and electrified travel modes, with the goal of identifying new opportunities to reduce energy use while maintaining or increasing mobility.
The BEAM simulation platform is used for performing large-scale regional transportation systems analysis to analyze traveler responses to potential future mobility technologies in order to understand potential impacts and improve user benefits that achieve sustainable and energy-efficient mobility solutions.
We are looking for a talented researcher with specific interests in the design and development of integrated land-use and transportation models, demographic microsimulation, and urban freight transportation systems. Additionally, we welcome researchers with interests in formalizing and contributing towards the design and development of an integrated urban systems paradigm that consists of transportation, land-use, energy, environment, and public health.
What You Will Do:
Conduct research on the long-term energy implications of emerging transportation technologies.
Develop models and software implementations of travel behavior and multi-modal transportation systems.
Develop new approaches and methodologies (e.g., machine learning and econometrics) for understanding passenger and freight transportation systems analysis.
Contribute to on-going efforts in modeling and implementation of demographic microsimulation and urban freight transport within a larger integrated urban systems framework.
Run a regional agent-based travel activity model (BEAM) and long-term land-use simulation model (UrbanSim) under various scenarios to simulate the effect of emerging trends on system travel, energy use, and mobility.
Assist the PI in the development of grant proposals in the areas of integrated transportation modeling and simulation, travel behavior analysis, and electrified transportation.
Write reports and journal articles and present research work to scientific audiences and the general public.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. Degree in Transportation Modeling and Simulation, Urban Planning, Geography, or a related field.
Strong experience in transportation systems modeling and analysis.
Research experience in data analytics, econometrics, machine learning, and geospatial analysis for various research efforts in transportation planning & modeling.
Strong experience in computer programming languages (e.g., Python, R, Java, or Scala), data analysis, and statistical packages (e.g., Pandas and Tidyverse) along with geo-spatial data analysis (e.g., QGIS and PostGIS).
Willingness to learn and identify methodologies and applications from other fields such as machine learning, social sciences, energy sciences, and high-performance computing as applicable solving transportation systems analysis.
Strong understanding of issues relating to regional land use and transportation systems, as well as transportation energy technologies and policies.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work both independently and as a team member in collaboration.
What We Prefer:
Familiarity with object-oriented programming (e.g., in C++, Java, Scala, or Python) applied to agent-based transportation simulation models using open-source platforms such as BEAM, MATSim, and SUMO.
Experience developing production-level code, including detailed design, version control, testing, and documentation.
Knowledge and experience with database technologies and cloud-computing platforms (e.g., PostgreSQL and or Amazon Web Services) or in both development and deployment of workflow pipelines for various analytical endeavors.
For full consideration, please apply by April 12, 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 will initially be performed remotely but limited to individuals who can reside in the United States. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, 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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