NREL Postdoctoral Research Position: Battery Safety Multi-Physics Modeler in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Research Position: Battery Safety Multi-Physics Modeler



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

NREL's Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center has a postdoctoral research position available. The selected candidate will be responsible for integrating NREL’s battery modeling framework into commercial battery simulation software and performing simulation-based analysis to investigate performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries for electric-drive vehicles as part of the DOE Vehicle Technologies Energy Storage program. The postdoctoral researcher will also support parameter identification and simulation validation by performing experiments. This position will support R&D conducted in-house and externally by NREL researchers and University and industry participants.

Job Duties

Job duties include, but not limited to:

  • Integrating NREL’s battery modeling framework into commercial battery simulation software and performing simulation-based analysis to investigate safety, performance, and life of lithium-ion batteries for electric-drive vehicles.

  • Work with NREL researchers to enhance NREL’s Multi-Scale Multi-Dimensional (MSMD) battery model bridging particle-, electrode-, cell-, and pack-scale physics

  • Integrate battery model into commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD), chemical engineering and heat transfer codes

  • Improve safety of li-ion battery units with simulation-based analysis

  • Modify existing models to run using generalized solvers and design experiments and analyze data to validate model predictions

  • Perform component-level and cell-level safety testing and extract modeling parameters

  • Document work in detailed technical memos, laboratory notebooks, milestone reports, and journal articles and present at technical conferences


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years

  • Ph.D. in relevant chemistry, electrochemistry, mechanical, chemical engineering or related discipline with 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Experience in thermal modeling and simulation of reactive flows, chemical, and electrochemical energy storage devices or systems

  • Experience with 3D multi-physics modeling using ANSYS/Fluent

  • Extensive hands-on coding experience in C, C++, Python and/or Fortran

  • Experience using numerical solver packages such as CANTERA, SUNDIALS, NumPy, FENICS or LAPACK

  • Experience with running jobs on a parallel platform

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated research capability to solve challenging problems.

  • Familiarity with commercial CFD and FEA software packages such as Fluent, ANSYS, STAR-CCM+, and COMSOL.

  • Previous research or practical experience proposing, formulating and solving physics-based models of multi-scale reaction-transport systems such as lithium-ion batteries. Experience with numerical discretization techniques.

  • Experience designing and running laboratory experiments.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing and documentation skills. Demonstrated team work, creativity, innovation, and adaptability. Good publication record.


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