Postdoctoral Appointee - Fuel/Chemical Production Technology Assessment

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7069621 (Ref:408790)

Posted: September 9, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Systems Assessment Center (SAC) of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has been conducting assessments of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels over the last 25 years. It has developed the GREET® (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies) model for estimating energy use, emissions, and water consumption on a life-cycle basis for conventional and new vehicle/fuel systems, as well as emerging technology for energy production, energy storage, and chemical production.  (see https://greet.es.anl.gov for details). The GREET model has more than 40,000 registered users worldwide, including academia, industry, and regulatory agencies. The SAC has been working closely with auto and energy industries, universities, and governmental agencies to evaluate energy, environmental, and cost impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels.

 

The SAC continues to assess conventional and advanced fuels and chemicals production technologies for their energy and environmental effects. Current research efforts include examination of: 1) extraction of various petroleum crude types in different world regions; 2) production of gasoline, jet and diesel from different crudes that meet new fuel quality and emission requirements; 3) extraction of U.S. shale gas in different US regions; and 4) a variety of new fuel/chemical production technologies from biomass, plastic waste, municipal waste, etc. The SAC continues to evaluate energy and environmental effects of these conventional and advanced transportation fuel systems. SAC is working closely with the auto, energy, biofuel, and chemical industry to examine next-generation fuels and chemicals derived from both conventional and alternative energy sources, for enhanced performance and reduced emissions.

We are seeking a candidate with expertise and experience in process modeling (preferably using Aspen Plus), and in system assessment for fuel/chemical production and conversion process/technology. The candidate will possess good understanding of petroleum fuels, natural gas-based fuels, and advanced fuel and chemical production technologies such as those converting biomass to liquid fuels, waste to fuels/chemicals, characterize properties of fuels, chemicals and other products. The candidate will possess system analysis including process modeling, technoeconomic analysis (TEA) and environmental life cycle analysis (LCA). 

The candidate is expected to know extraction practices and technologies for petroleum and natural gas, conversion of these energy resources into liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel, and similar hydrocarbon fuels. The candidate will extract energy and emissions data associated with fuel and chemical production technologies from field data, process simulations, the technical literature, and from interactions with other national laboratories, academia, industry, and stakeholders. The candidate will work with researchers within the SAC to expand the GREET model with the new data to enhance and expand the model’s capability of assessing the life-cycle energy use and emissions associated with various transportation fuels and chemicals.  

Basic Requirements:

  • Experience in extraction practices and technologies for petroleum and natural gas, conversion of these energy resources into liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel, and similar hydrocarbon fuels.
  • Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering or related fields, with experiences in Aspen Plus process modeling, and be familiar with energy and environmental impacts of fuel and chemical production processes.
  • Good knowledge of petroleum refining, petrochemical and chemical industries is desirable.
  • Skills in computer programming skills in MS Excel, Excel VBA and other relevant software.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

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, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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