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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Modeling

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Work type: Post Doctoral Fellow Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Other, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Academic Affairs, Research Administration/Grants/Proposals


Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Energy Modeling

The Opportunity:

We are seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher to work on a project focused on energy modelling. The candidate will work closely with the team undertaking the Open Energy Outlook for the United States (based at Carnegie Mellon and NCSU). The goal of the project is to develop and utilize open source datasets and models to examine technology pathways and policies for deep decarbonization in the United States. The Mines focus will be on areas of either critical minerals or energy in industry and advanced manufacturing. This effort will build upon an existing open source modeling effort called ‘Tools for Energy Model Optimization and Analysis’ (Temoa): The postdoctoral researcher will work in coordination with a large, interdisciplinary academic team and have primary responsibility for data and model implementation, as well as conducting the model-based analysis.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in engineering, operations research, economics, or related field
  • Domain knowledge in energy with expertise in energy systems optimization modeling
  • Strong programming skills
  • Ability to think broadly about climate mitigation pathways and climate policy
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with GitHub, Python, Pyomo, Pandas, R, and relational databases 
Department Description: The Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines is in a unique position to serve as a nexus for high-quality, data-driven, solutions-oriented research and dialogue needed to inform energy and environmental policy at this critical moment. The Payne Institute can harness the faculty and student body of an institution with deep roots in mining and petroleum engineering, but also with superb programs and longstanding relationships spanning renewable energy, water purification, civil and environmental engineering, materials science and other areas. Mines has an unmatched track record in solving tough scientific and engineering problems across the gamut of energy and environmental fields. The university enjoys a hard-earned reputation as an unbiased problem-solver in disciplines often at odds in the energy-environment discussion; the university tagline, a marriage of the words “Earth” “Energy” and “Environment,” is in fact an accurate reflection of our expansive and growing purview.
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range:

Mines is offering an academic year salary of $50,000 - $63,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a CV and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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