Postdoctoral Position in Methane Decomposition

Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Methane Decomposition

Requisition #: A-83481-3

Status: Full Time

Type: Other

School: Whiting School of Engineering

Department/Program: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Location Zip Code: 21218

Closing Date: Open until filled

To apply:

General Description

We are recruiting a post-doctoral research associate to make a multi-disciplinary assessment of the impact of natural gas decomposition to hydrogen and solid carbon, mixing policy, technical, and economic perspectives.  This work is funded by a JHU Discovery Award entitled "The Carbon Age: Prospects for Lowering CO2 Emissions in the Short Term by Increasing Fossil Fuel Use?!," a deliberately provocative title intended to spur creative analysis of whether emerging fossil fuel-related technologies may lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and what gaps in technology and policy exist to hinder adoption.  The post-doctoral fellow will be supervised by Prof. Ben Hobbs (Environmental Health and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering), Prof. Sarah Jordaan (Energy Resources and Environment, JHU School of Advanced International Studies), and Prof. Jonah Erlebacher (Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering).  We especially encourage candidates with demonstrated capabilities or experience in energy systems and economics modeling.  Familiarity with integrated national models such as NEMS or MARKAL is a plus.


A Ph.D. in an area relevant to the proposed work is required. 

Application Instructions

Potential applicants should please apply directly here in Interfolio.  Please include your cover letter, CV, list of names/contacts of three references, and copies of relevant publications.  If you require sponsorship for work authorization, please be sure to include this information in your Interfolio package.

Questions can sent to Prof. Hobbs (, Prof. Jordaan ( or Prof. Erlebacher ( putting "Post-Doc Opportunity in Methane Decomposition" in the subject line.   

To apply for this position, visit:

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

  • During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.
  • The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

Equal Opportunity Employer

EEO is the Law. Learn more:
Important legal information:

Clery Notice of Availability

The Johns Hopkins University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the University’s website

In keeping with the mandates of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the University’s Annual Report contains statistics of certain crimes that are reported and that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or an officially recognized student organization, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus for the three most recent calendar years. Also included are campus security policies including those related to missing student notifications, alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, and fire safety policies and statistics. All Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students are encouraged to read and print out the report at and to report all criminal incidents promptly to your respective security department.

A printed copy of the report may be obtained from the following university security offices or personnel: Homewood (410-516-4631); Peabody Institute (667-208-6608); Medical Institutions (410-614-3473); Applied Physics Laboratory (443-778-4805); Harbor East Campus (410-234-9301); Columbia Center (410-516-9700); SAIS Bologna Center (202-663-5808, Int. +39.051.2917.811); Washington Centers - KSAS (202-663-5808), SAIS (202-663-5808), Carey Business School (202-663-5808); Hopkins-Nanjing Center (202-663-5808, Int. +86.25.8359.2436); Montgomery County Campus (301-294-7011) and Barcelona, Spain (Int. +34.93.542.25.99).