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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Process Engineer - Biorefinery Analysis in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Senior Process Engineer - Biorefinery Analysis



CO - Golden


Position Type



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 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.


Basic Qualifications

Related PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, related Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, related Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience .


Additional Required Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

Applies extensive engineering technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Considered a technical resource. Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Submission Guidelines

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EEO Policy

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment.

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