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Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
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Postdoctoral Scholar - 95954

Division: EA-Energy Analysis Env Impacts


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts (EAEI, Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.


We perform innovative research to achieve clean, affordable, and accessible energy systems.


In this exciting role, you will develop and conduct system analysis such as spatial and scenario modeling, life-cycle assessment, market and technology road-mapping, and impact assessment, with an emphasis on carbon dioxide removal technologies, hydrogen, and methane detection technologies. You will model the life cycles of early stage technologies such as enhanced weathering and direct air capture technologies and developing indicators of viability for their deployment such as cost of carbon abatement, community benefits, availability of energy and infrastructure, and co-benefits. You will also provide support modeling and estimating the cost of hydrogen storage technologies, and methane abatement associated with deploying emerging low-cost methane leaks detection technologies in California.


What You Will Do:

• Contribute process modeling and hybrid life cycle assessment in python or R, and open source LCA software.

• Work in a multidisciplinary team environment, including backgrounds in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, statistics, physics, energy technologies, materials science, and computer science.

• Analyze and summarize data and present findings at internal lab meetings and scientific conferences.

• Publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to scientific research papers and reports.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

• Participate in routine Sustainable Energy System Group meetings.

• Assist with mentoring of interns.

• Ensure that results are translated to industry impact.

• Contribute to research proposals and grants as needed.


What is Required:

• Ph.D. in Civil or Chemical Engineering or related field.

• Some programming experience.

• Experience conducting life cycle assessment

• Knowledge of energy systems a plus.

• Evidence of ability to publish results in relevant journals.

• An ability to work in an integrated diverse team environment.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Keen interest in solving science challenges, particularly in energy.

• Keep an accurate and detailed physical or digital laboratory notebook.


Desired Qualifications:

• Prior experience working on carbon dioxide removal and methane detection technologies.

• Keen interest in multi-disciplinary research to influence policy and technology development.



• 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 of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

• 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.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit ( for more information.


Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.


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