Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Research Scientist to join the team.
The Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division performs innovative technical, economic, policy, and environmental analysis across energy research to maximize the provision of clean, affordable, and accessible energy. In this exciting role, you will work in the EAEI Division, Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems Department, to provide scientific leadership and creativity, and to conduct energy-related research and analysis. You will develop and conduct process modeling, techno-economic assessment, market and technology road-mapping, and impact assessment, with an emphasis on direct air capture and carbon removal technologies.
The research will involve working on the prospective life cycle and techno-economic modeling of early-stage direct air capture technologies and their integration and scale-up into future energy, water, and geologic storage infrastructure. You will also conduct computational and/or experimental research on novel regeneration approaches for direct air capture.
What You Will Do:
Conduct energy research using scientific/engineering methodologies
Develop and utilize process models applicable to direct air capture and other carbon removal strategies
Develop targets for process-level performance of direct air capture systems from system-level cost targets
Design and validate new experimental setup/approaches for investigating novel regeneration methods
Proactively engage in discussions with other research groups to gather expertise necessary to complete interdisciplinary analysis
Present results to funders, fellow researchers, industry and the general public and maintain relationships with funders and stakeholders.
Author or contribute to conferences, LBNL reports, articles for peer-reviewed journals, and technical reports as required by funders.
Identify or respond to potential sources of funding, and develop proposals.
Keep and maintain accurate and detailed records of all research performed.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Participate in Department and Group meetings and activities.
Assist in preparing research updates/progress reports to funders, and otherwise act as liason between PIs/Scientists, other LBNL employees, and external contacts.
Develop new scientific/engineering methodologies and apply those concepts to energy research.
What is Required:
Advanced degree in an engineering or science discipline and a minimum of 5 years related professional experience, or equivalent education and experience.
Experience in conducting technoeconomic analysis and life cycle assessment.
Experience conducting market analysis and technology road mapping.
Experience handling large datasets and ensuring data quality.
Experience setting up gas flow analysis experiments and ThermoGravimetric Analysis tools.
Experience conducting mass and energy balance analysis.
Proven ability to work with multiple principal investigators on several concurring projects.
Supervise and provides scientific direction to technical staff and students as needed.
Ability to work successfully in an interdisciplinary environment.
Ability to effectively collaborate and successfully work in a team environment with a variety of colleagues from a diverse set of fields and as an individual contributor.
Excellent time management skills, including the ability to prioritize work, manage multiple cross-functional projects and collaborate effectively with clients, project teams, and industry experts.
Familiarity with process modeling of direct air capture systems.
Background in thermal management related to direct air capture.
Demonstrated competency in carrying out analysis of complex systems relying on diverse datasets.
Proficiency with MS Office and preferably at least one programming language (R, C/C++, Python, Java).
Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and excellent interpersonal skills Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to adhere to all Berkeley Lab and EH&S safety policies.
Demonstrated publication record.
Knowledge of carbon removal methods.
Familiarity with design of gas flow analysis experimental setup.
Ph.d. in engineering or science discipline and five years of related experience.
Prior experience in contributing to research proposals.
Prior experience developing new experimental methods and approaches.
Requested Application Materials:
Statement of research experience and interests.
Names and contact information for at least three individuals who can write letters of reference
This is a full time, 5 year, career-track term appointment that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
This position is expected to pay $11,019 - $12,177 which fits within the full salary range of $7,474 - $17,937 for the Career-Track Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist (S48.1). Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate's qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.
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.
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