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Postdoctoral Scholar Employee (Building Technology and Urban Systems)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley, California 94720
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  • Mechanical Engineering - Heat Transfer
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Postdoctoral Scholar Employee (Building Technology and Urban Systems) - 83474

Organization: BU-Bldg Technology Urban Systems


Berkeley Lab (LBNL, http://www.lbl.gov/) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Position Summary:

This position is for a post-doctoral researcher in the Building and Industrial Applications (BIA) Department of the Building Technologies and Urban Systems (BTUS, https://buildings.lbl.gov/) Division in the Energy Technologies Area (ETA). The intention is that the researcher will work primarily on an ARPA-E funded Stirling engine heater head development effort. Activities will focus on identifying, designing, and demonstrating efficiency improvements to state-of-the art Stirling engine heater heads. The researcher is expected to engage with funders and researchers and engineers at other organizations (private and public) to design technology, conduct physical experiments, and report findings. Support of other combustion related programs and projects outside of the Stirling engine effort will be required.


Specific Responsibilities: 

• Work to meet funding deliverables on time.

• Engage with other organizations (public and private) to characterize current technology relevant to the field of study.

• Work with ARPA-E program participants to identify and deliver technology solution for their specific needs.

• Review published literature, identify and evaluate unpublished sources of information, and analyze available data to evaluate state-of-the-art Stirling engine heater head technology and identify areas for significant improvement.

• Integrate new and current advanced technologies to create ultra-high efficiency Stirling engine heater head designs.

• Design, build, and validate physical experiments to test engine heater heads and associated technologies.

• Collaborate with other researchers throughout ETA and LBNL, as well as other organizations (private and public) to refine technology designs.

• Use computer software to evaluate technology designs.

• Communicate research results through technical documents (technical reports, journal manuscripts, web pages, etc.) and presentations at technical meetings.

• Design and carry out statistical analyses of data and develop graphical methods to display results for further in-depth review and analysis by staff scientists.

• Assist and lead research tasks associated with other combustion projects.


Additional Desire Responsibilities:

• Participate in professional scientific activities, e.g., reviews of papers, research proposals, etc.

• Support and contribute to the development of research project ideas and proposals.

• Participate in relevant professional societies with relevance to the program and group activities. 


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on April 12, 2017.



• This is a full time 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 2 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

• Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

• This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process. 


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4 (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/pdf/EO13665_PrescribedNondiscriminationPostingLanguage_JRFQA508c.pdf).  Click here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) to view the poster: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law".



Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D degree in mechanical, chemical, environmental engineering, physics or other relevant areas that provide technical background for work in combustion and heat transfer sciences with focus on engineering design and experimental quantification of premixed flames.

• Strong technical background in several of the following areas: combustion science, fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; analytical chemistry; statistics; advanced laser diagnostics.

• Strong demonstrated experience in several of the following specific areas: advanced heat and mass transfer, chemical thermodynamics; experimental test experience for reacting flow systems, including hands-on experience designing, developing, and validating an experimental combustion systems.

• Ability and interest in learning new skills and technical concepts.

• Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.

• Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse, interdisciplinary team, and contribute to an active intellectual environment.

• Broad familiarity with computers and design software tools on PC-based systems.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Experience with combustion modeling and analytical software tools such as FLUENT, CFX, CHEMKIN/CANTERA, and OpenFOAM.

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