Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
participate in several multi-disciplinary projects that combine process engineering, techno-economic
Closing date
Dec 22, 2022

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Postdoctoral Scholar - 97369

Division:  ED-Energy Storage & Distributed Resources


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 role, you will participate in several multi-disciplinary projects that combine process engineering, techno-economic analysis, computational science, and technology roadmapping to understand the potential of advanced material-based energy storage technologies including those that would rely on advanced composites for heat storage and adsorptive materials for hydrogen storage. This position will conduct rigorous process engineering and prospective techno-economic analysis for benchmarking and modeling system performance metrics (upfront and running costs, energy balance, water efficiency, scalability, operation logistics). These metrics will be used to screen both emerging technologies and viable end-uses, as well as support optimization of processes and integration at a regional level.


What You Will Do:

• Contribute process modeling in software such as Matlab, R, Aspen, Python, and ProSim and conduct techno-economic analysis to evaluate potential impacts of deploying targeted technologies in key end-use applications and sectors.

• Collaborate 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:

• Recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or relevant field.

• Strong programming experience and familiarity with software versioning systems for process engineering.

• Knowledge of green chemistry, thermodynamics, system optimization, heat integration and materials for gas separation and energy storage technologies a plus.

• Proven ability to publish results in relevant journals.

• Ability to work in an integrated diverse team environment.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Interest in solving science challenges, particularly in energy.


Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working on energy technologies including hydrogen-rich energy carriers and integration with renewable energy system.

• 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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