Postdoctoral Appointee in Engineering Systems Modeling-Simulation-Analysis

Argonne National Laboratory Energy Systems and Infrastructure Analysis Division

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of life cycle assessment (LCA) and technology assessment to quantify energy, environmental, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of valorizing waste materials and residue biomass for renewable fuel production such as renewable natural gas and hydrocarbon liquid fuels.

This is a full-time position with the Systems Assessment Center’s Materials Life Cycle Group in the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Analysis Division.

We are seeking applicants with strong technical background and expertise of modeling and analysis of GHG emission effects of waste management practices to reduce and treat a wide range of waste streams.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will have an opportunity to work on research areas including renewable natural gas production and supply chain, CO2 capture and utilization, sustainable aviation fuels, sustainable and carbon-smart agricultural farming practices, waste utilization technologies for energy and material production, and/or industry materials and decarbonization technologies.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with members of the Materials Life Cycle Group to collect, synthesize, and process information; develop high-quality databases and derive data-driven results; apply LCA methodologies to address critical analytical issues; provide rigorous and objective results; publish journal articles and reports; and present results at conferences, workshops, and project meetings.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will modeling and analysis of GHG emission effects of waste management practices related to municipal solid waste, wet waste such as animal manures and wastewater sludge, agriculture residues, forest residues, and/or sawmill dusts, such as landfilling, open burning, animal waste management, and left in the field for decay.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will contribute to Argonne’s GREET LCA model development and expansion with a focus on waste management modeling and waste valorization modeling.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will collect and develop data with state-of-the-art data analytic techniques for a range of business-as-usual waste management practices/strategies/technologies to reduce and treat waste streams.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct rigorous LCA studies in the GREET modeling platform.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will contribute to annual expansion and development of the GREET model with life-cycle results based on a consistent and interactive modeling framework within GREET.

Together with the supervisor, the Postdoctoral Researcher will work closely with collaborators from other national labs and academia to evaluate complex waste-to-energy systems and to incorporate new data in analyses.

The Materials Life Cycle Group supports DOE and other sponsors to assess the energy and environmental impacts associated with energy systems, materials, and integrated systems to help DOE and other stakeholders guide R&D efforts, identify improvement opportunities, and to propose new methodologies to address emerging issues in LCA/sustainability analysis.

The Systems Assessment Center continues a 30-year history of leadership in the field of life cycle assessment.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will join project teams including experts in a variety of topics and will regularly collaborate with experts of other Argonne groups as well as in industry and at other national laboratories.

The Systems Assessment Center develops and maintains the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model which is widely used by government, industry, and academic stakeholders to provide objective and rigorous results (see

Position Requirements

Ph.D. degree in civil, chemical, mechanical engineering, environmental science/engineering, or related fields.

Experience in environmental modeling and analysis of waste management practices and/or forest/agricultural residue management practices.

Knowledge of variation of waste management practices driven by environmental regulations and technology maturity, performance, and costs of different waste management technologies and practices.

Experience in LCA, process modeling, or closely related areas.

Knowledge of topics related to process modeling and sustainability analysis of waste-to-energy systems and technologies.

A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Preferred qualifications include:

Demonstrated experience of peer-reviewed journal papers addressing environmental and sustainability effects of waste management practices, strategies, and/or technologies with rigorous modeling and analysis.

Experience in data-driven sustainability analysis.

Desire and passion to work as a part of a team in a highly collaborative environment.

Familiarity with public data sources relevant for environmental and sustainability analysis.

Well-developed problem-solving, systems thinking, quantitative, and critical thinking skills; intellectual curiosity.

Able to propose and formulate solutions to complex problems.

Skilled written and verbal communicator, including the ability to present complex information so that it is understandable to a broad audience.

Computer programing skills relevant for data manipulation and analysis.

Experience with creating and using complex data-driven analytical models in Excel with VBA scripting, and/or in open-source platforms using Python is preferred. Uploads: Curriculum Vitae Writing Sample, e.g., journal articles or project reports Undergraduate and Graduate School Transcripts, unofficial is acceptable for initial application Names and contact information for four references

Job Family Postdoctoral Family Job Profile Postdoctoral Appointee Worker Type Long-Term (Fixed Term) Time Type Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department. All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis. Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements. Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination. Interested in translating science into innovation? Build your career at Argonne. At Argonne, we view the world from a different perspective. Our scientists and engineers conduct world-class research in clean energy, the environment, technology, national security and more. We’re finding creative ways to prepare the world for a better future.

To learn more about Argonne's benefits programs, amenities, and other employee programs, visit our main Careers site. To learn more about the exciting science going on at Argonne, visit our Science and Technology page. To request a reasonable accommodation or for other application support, contact us anytime at or 630-252-2336.