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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Biorefinery Analysis Internship (Year-Round) in United States

Posting Title

Biorefinery Analysis Internship (Year-Round)



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable. The Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL has an internship opportunity available in Biorefinery Analysis.

The position will support biorefinery analysis efforts to evaluate the impacts of variations in biorefinery process designs, feedstock composition, and downstream separation schemes. The student will work under the guidance of experts but will be expected to perform with minimal supervision after their initial training. Graduate and undergraduate students interested in full-time assignments should apply.

General responsibilities will include developing or modifying existing conceptual process models in Aspen Plus (or other process simulation software) for the conversion of biomass to transportation fuels and other performance advantaged products, using spreadsheet tools to calculate product cost estimates, and possibly, performing sustainability and life cycle analysis of biomass conversion processes.

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • understand the fundamentals of process engineering

  • communicate with other researchers in the planning and execution of work,

  • communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral,

  • work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and biologists,

  • work independently while coordinating efforts and reporting results.


Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note:

•You will need to upload official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.

•If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.


Additional Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • be able to apply fundamental engineering principles to biomass conversion processes

  • have experience with process design

  • be a recent graduate in chemical engineering or closely related discipline with a desire to gain experience in biorefinery analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience using simulation tools such as Aspen Plus

  • Knowledge of biomass conversion processes

  • Experience in life-cycle or sustainability analysis


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