Postdoctoral Researcher - CO2 Mitigation in Cement and Concrete

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Posting Title
Postdoctoral Researcher - CO2 Mitigation in Cement and Concrete
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Location
CO - Golden
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Position Type
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
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Hours Per Week
40
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Job Description
The Building Technologies and Science Group is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to support and lead work relating to decarbonization of the cement and concrete industry. The successful candidate will lead carbon lifecycle analysis (LCA) and technoeconomic analysis (TEA) and will engage extensively with industry partners, co-leading industry advisory and community engagement committees. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to have basic laboratory skill and assist with experimental validation of data for LCA and TEA.
Candidates with a history of working independently and taking initiative are encouraged to apply. Candidates must demonstrate ability to design high-quality research projects and to interpret, assess, and communicate experimental results. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, with a strong record of contributions to the field. Teamwork, leadership, and collaboration will be essential.
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Basic Qualifications
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will have expertise cement and concrete and a history of LCA and TEA modeling.
  • They will demonstrate an ability to lead modeling and analysis for a variety of cement and concrete projects.
  • Additionally they will have basic laboratory skills and be able to assist experiments.
  • A strong record of teamwork, mentorship, project management, and leadership is desired.
  • The successful candidate will work closely with engineers, scientists, and students in many different fields, and will work to establish collaborations both within NREL and with partner organizations. As such, demonstration of an ability to participate in, to facilitate, and to lead collaborations is important.
  • The candidate must demonstrate the ability to encourage and maximize the unique talents and innovative ideas of a diverse array of collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications
  • LCA and TEA expertise and use and proficiency of associated software/tools
  • XRF, TGA, mortar cube strength testing, additive manufacturing optimization, or other cement-related experimental capabilities
  • A strong history of publication
  • A history of working with the cement and concrete industry
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Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
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Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance*; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.
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