NREL Senior Process Engineer - Biorefinery Analysis in Golden, Colorado
Senior Process Engineer - Biorefinery Analysis
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.
This position is part of the Biorefinery Analysis team within NREL's National Bioenergy Center. Primary responsibilities of team members include the development of conceptual process designs, and the economic and sustainability analyses of biomass-based conversion processes.
The selected candidate should have extensive engineering and technical expertise with specialization(s) in one or more areas of interest for bioconversion processes. Those areas may include: process modeling (required); biomass conversion modeling; sustainability and life-cycle assessment; understanding of fuels, related properties, and integration with petroleum refineries; fundamental understanding of bioproducts (and potential new products), their properties and product development from biomass feedstocks; biochemical conversion processes; algal feedstock conversion processes; biomass feedstocks and their impacts on downstream processing; thermochemical conversion including gasification and pyrolysis; electrochemical conversion.
The candidate should be a strategic thinker; technical leader; have proven ability to work independently and provide leadership for successful outcomes; be customer oriented with quality commitment and attention to detail; an effective communicator (verbal and written) including proposal writing and peer-reviewed publications; have experience managing and coordinating technical projects with multi-party involvement; have good time management and prioritization, with the ability to work under tight deadlines; ability to work on and manage multiple projects simultaneously; be self-motivated; have good interpersonal skills; be a team player.
Along with technical leadership and project accountability, the selected candidate will be responsible for the development of conceptual process models in Aspen Plus for the conversion of biomass, wastes (including gases), to liquid transportation fuels and co-products and estimating related production costs. The selected candidate will work with researchers from diverse backgrounds to understand the details of ongoing and future research, help develop future targets and work proposals based on process model-based understanding of commercial-scale impacts of research outcomes.
Work products will include technical reports, journal articles, presentations, and proposals. It is expected that the delivered work will be of superior quality and will sometimes need to be delivered under aggressive timelines. Other aspects of the work will include, but will not be limited to literature reviews and independent learning for the development of expertise in new research areas.
Our ideal candidate will have experience with use and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts for productive outcomes. To be considered, candidates must have strengths in modeling with tools such as Aspen Plus. Advanced modeling and mathematical skills using related software will be bonuses.
Relevant PhD and 9 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 12 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 14 or more years of experience . Apply advanced engineering technical principles, theories and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Considered a national subject matter expert. Demonstrates leadership in a number of areas including all team, task and/or project lead responsibilities (works independently). Demonstrated management of complex and/or impactful projects. Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
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