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Energy Systems Postdoctoral Researcher

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 09/14/2023

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$108840 Annually 

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in climate change mitigation and energy systems analyses to develop and pursue research addressing the large-scale climate mitigation potential of biomass carbon removal and storage in the United States, focusing primarily on technologies, technoeconomic analysis, social/policy impacts, and systems for a sustainable and secure energy future.  The Energy Systems Postdoctoral Researcher will support and lead projects in our diverse energy portfolio spanning carbon drawdown, measurement reporting and verification frameworks, and community engagement.  In this role, you will contribute to Livermore’s Carbon Initiative, with the ambitious goal of rolling back the causes of climate change.  This position is in the Energy group within the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division.

In this role you will:

  • Analyze the security, performance, cost, lifecycle impacts, and policy ramifications of diverse energy innovations.
  • Model biomass conversion and storage technologies, and systems that substantially improve climate resilience and carbon drawdown potential.
  • Assess the resources that are available and required to meet energy, sustainability, and resilience goals at local, regional, and national scales.
  • Participate in projects that field-demonstrate carbon drawdown and energy resilience.
  • Assess and communicate the importance and results of carbon drawdown R&D to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Publish analysis and results of Carbon Initiative and Climate Security and Resilience Mission Focus Area projects in the peer reviewed literature.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD. in an energy-focused field such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in the evaluation and/or development of clean, resilient energy/environmental technology, including biomass-based carbon management and decarbonization.
  • Experience working in a team setting on energy and environmental projects.
  • Experience with energy systems analysis tools such as lifecycle assessment (LCA), technoeconomic analysis (TEA), risk assessment matrices.
  • Experience in energy, climate, and resilience policy and social impacts analysis.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to interact with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience leading or managing projects and teams on energy and environmental topics.
  • Experience collaborating across research (university, laboratory) and commercial (industry) institutions.
  • Experience developing new projects with State and Federal sponsors.
  • Experience with geospatial (GIS) and economic analysis of energy resources and infrastructure systems.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

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External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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