Post-doctoral Research Opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory

The Systems Analysis Group at Argonne National Laboratory has three advertised positions for Post-Doctoral Research Fellows which might be a good fit for ISIE members who recently graduated or who are scheduled to graduate later this spring/summer. The positions are posted here:https://www.anl.gov/hr/postdoctoral-applicants and can be accessed using the following Requisition Numbers.

  • Petroleum Fuel Life Cycle Assessment: 405458
  • Hydrogen Delivery Techno-Economic Analysis: 403506
  • Battery Production and Recycling LCA & TEA: 405071

 

Petroleum Fuel Life Cycle Assessment

Requisition Number: 405458

Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development

Division: ES-Energy Systems

 

Education Required: Doctorate Degree

Position Description

The Systems Assessment Group (SAG) of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has been conducting assessments of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels over the last 25 years. It has developed the GREET® (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) model for estimating energy use, emissions, and water consumption on a life-cycle basis for conventional and new vehicle/fuel systems (seehttps://greet.es.anl.gov for details).

The GREET model has more than 35,000 registered users worldwide, including academia, industry, and regulatory agencies. Besides, the Group has examined economic and cost effects of new vehicle technologies, infrastructure buildup, and transportation energy systems. The SAG has been working closely with auto and energy industries, universities, and governmental agencies to evaluate energy, environmental, and economic impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. The SAG continues to assess conventional and advanced fuels production technologies for their energy, environmental, and economic effects.

A post doctorial researcher position is now open for a candidate with expertise and experience in petroleum fuel life cycle analysis (LCA) with special expertise in crude supply, crude recovery, and petroleum refining.

Position Requirements 
We expect you to have:

  • A Ph.D. degree in energy and engineering fields, or related fields, and be familiar with energy and environmental impacts of oil and gas products.
  • A strong understanding of supply and demand of different crude types globally, petroleum refining, and LCA of petroleum fuels.
  • Familiarity with the GREET LCA model is desirable.
  • Proficiency at extracting energy and environmental data for the petroleum sector, be familiar with linear programming (LP) models for petroleum refining, and be able to process LP model results for LCA applications.
  • The candidate should have computer programming skills in MS Excel and other relevant software.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are also required.

 

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

Hydrogen Delivery Techno-Economic Analysis

Requisition Number: 403506

Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development

Division: ES-Energy Systems

 

Education Required: Doctorate Degree

 

 

Position Description 
The Systems Assessment Group of the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has been conducting hydrogen production, delivery, storage, and infrastructure analysis for over 10 years. With support from DOE, the group has developed the HDSAM (Hydrogen Delivery Scenario Analysis Model) for hydrogen delivery analysis, the HRSAM (Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model) for hydrogen refueling analysis, the H2SCOPE (Hydrogen Station Cost Optimization and Performance Evaluation) model for thermodynamic evaluation of various onboard storage pressure and dispensing options/methods, and the GREETTM (Greenhouse gas, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) model for life-cycle analysis of hydrogen and other advanced fuels for transportation applications.

The Systems Assessment Group has been interacting with industries, government agencies, and research institutions in evaluating the cost of delivering hydrogen from the production facility to the vehicles’ tanks. The current research includes examining various components in the gaseous and liquid hydrogen delivery pathways, identifying major cost drivers in various delivery options, and suggesting options to reduce the total delivery cost of hydrogen. The group is also examining the effect of other parameters like vehicle storage type, working pressure, and refueling protocols/methods on the refueling cost of hydrogen.

A post-doctoral appointee position is now open to conduct in-depth techno-economic and thermodynamic/fluid dynamics analysis of various liquid and gaseous hydrogen delivery pathways suitable for various dispensing options and protocols. The candidate will use existing models to evaluate various technology options for reducing hydrogen delivery and refueling infrastructure costs. The candidate will collect data from the technical literature and through interactions with other national laboratories, academia, industry, and other organizations. The candidate will work with the hydrogen analysis team in expanding the existing Argonne models to evaluate the potential of current and new technologies in achieving the DOE performance and cost targets of dispensed hydrogen.

Position Requirements 
Qualified individuals should have:

  • Oobtained a Ph.D. within the last 3 years in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related areas.
  • Familiarity with thermodynamics, heat transfer, and life cycle analysis methods.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer programming skills, preferably in MS Excel and Visual Basic, are also desirable.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Battery Production and Recycling LCA & TEA

Requisition Number: 405071

Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development

Division: ES-Energy Systems

 

Education Required: Doctorate Degree

Position Description 
The Energy Systems Division (ES) at Argonne National Laboratory conducts applied research to develop sustainableinnovative technologiestoimprovethe efficiency of resource and energy utilization; to diversify the nation’s energy supply; and to enhance our national economic viability.

A Postdoctoral Appointment is now open for a candidate with expertise in techno-economic analysis (TEA) and/or life cycle analysis (LCA) of production and recycling of lithium-ion and other advanced battery technologies. 

In this role you will:

  • Possess good understanding of batteries, processes to make and recycle them, and the economic and environmental impacts of the processes. 
  • You will work with a newly developed model named ReCell for battery manufacturing and recycling, as well as the GREET model (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation), an LCA model for vehicle technologies and energy systems, and the BatPaC model, a battery performance and costing model, all of which have been developed at Argonne. 
  • These models will be expanded, updated, and used to capture the life-cycle impacts of lithium-ion and other advanced batteries.

Position Requirements 
We expect you to have:

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other related softwareExperience working with GREET.
  • Experience working with BatPaC.
  • Strong knowledge of life cycle analysis.
  • Strong knowledge of techno-economic analysis.
  • Understanding of lithium-ion battery chemistries.
  • Knowledge of Aspen Plus or other chemical engineering models.
  • Ability to work well within a team of experts in various areas of expertise related to batteries, batteries materials, and energy systems.

To be considered you must have:  A recent (0-2 years) Ph.D. Degree in Applied Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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