Postdoctoral Appointee – Carbon Capture

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7117065 (Ref:414521)

Posted: December 1, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The successful candidate will perform research tasks within the transportation/power multi-physics computational team and in collaboration with other computational, chemical, and material scientists at the Laboratory towards developing carbon capture and related decarbonization heavy technologies (like electrification, waste heat recovery, alternate fuel combustion, etc.).

Perform Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of heat and mass transfer across contactors of various types (solid sorbent, liquid solvent, membranes) leveraging High Performance Computing resources. Develop reduced order models for application in process simulations of linked unit operations. Write scientific proposals, white papers, papers, and reports. Use machine learning methods to co-optimize contactor geometries and understand the sensitivities of the desired outputs to various input parameters.

Position Requirements

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in mechanical/aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, or a related discipline.

  • Knowledge of hydrogen production pathways and CO2 capture (point-source and DAC) technologies.

  • Knowledge of code development (in C++/C/Fortran/julia) for the solution of non-linear partial differential equations. Version maintenance via git.

  • Knowledge of chemical thermodynamics is vital, especially use of thermodynamic databases via Cantera/Coolprop/Refprop/Chemkin/Aspen etc.

  • Working knowledge of OpenFOAM/basilisk/PeleLM/Nek5000/deal ii, or any other open-source CFD framework. A working knowledge of proprietary software like CONVERGE/FLUENT/STAR-CCM/Comsol.

  • Collaborative skills, including the ability to work well with other divisions, laboratories, and universities.

  • Skilled in oral and written communications at all levels of the organization.

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

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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Job posting number:#7117065 (Ref:414521)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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