Postdoctoral Fellow (Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems)
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Location: Berkeley, California
- Category: Admin-Occupational and Environmental Safety
- Posting Date: 09/18/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Berkeley Lab’s Energy Analysis and Environment Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems Group. The successful candidate will work with experts from multiple national labs and universities to identify and quantify opportunities for energy efficiency and decarbonization in the water and wastewater sector in the U.S.
In this role, you will focus on modeling key performance metrics for current and emerging water and wastewater treatment systems and technologies, including costs, energy use, and life-cycle environmental emissions.
What You Will Do:
- Conduct research in the life-cycle cost and environmental assessment for water and wastewater treatment decarbonization.
- Conduct data collection, cleaning, quality assurance, and validation activities.
- Participate in/author peer-reviewed journal papers and reports to funders and present results to key stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with industry and academic partners involved in projects.
- Proactively engage in discussions with other research groups to gather data and insights necessary to complete interdisciplinary research.
- Keep and maintain accurate and detailed records of all research performed.
What is Required:
- A recent Ph.D. in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related Engineering/Science discipline with a strong quantitative focus.
- Experience with life-cycle costing, life-cycle environmental assessment, and environmental impact assessment methods and/or software.
- Knowledge of water and wastewater treatment systems and technologies.
- Proficiency with MS Office and strong skills in at least one programming language (e.g., R, C/C++, Python, Java), including experience handling large datasets and ensuring data quality.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills including publication record or papers from Ph.D. currently under review.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work independently and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues in a dynamic environment.
What We Prefer:
- Experience with techno economic analysis/process simulation.
- Interest in multi-disciplinary research to influence policy and technology development.
For full consideration, please apply by October 7, 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 may initially be performed remotely but limited to individuals who can reside in the United States. Once Berkeley Lab resumes full onsite operations, 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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