Postdoctoral Researcher: Modeling and Simulation of Green Steelmaking

Job Description

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher: Modeling and Simulation of Green Steelmaking



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



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Job Description

NREL’s Computational Science Center has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher focused on modeling and simulation of green steelmaking.  The successful candidate will be based in NREL’s Computational Science Center (CSC) and will work with projects across the laboratory in industrial decarbonization.   The successful candidate will be expected to bridge advanced simulation and the physics of multiple processes within steelmaking.  Because this is an emerging research area, there will be the opportunity to shape future research directions at NREL.  

Together with NREL staff, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop and validate simulations of key processes in steelmaking.

  • Identify realistic simulation parameters through literature review and discussions with industrial partners.

  • Use simulations to help assess the impact of decarbonization strategies such as replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen and electrification of key process outputs.

  • Publish results in relevant scientific journals.

  • Identify long-term strategies for using advanced simulation to accelerate industrial decarbonization.

  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.


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

  • A PhD in an applicable engineering field with coursework in thermal sciences (heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics) earned within the past three years. Candidates scheduled to defend by January 2024 are also encouraged to apply.
  • A broad fundamental knowledge of steelmaking processes, as demonstrated through research experience and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience in applying simulation tools to one or more parts of the steelmaking process, such as iron ore reduction or electric arc furnace operation.
  • A working knowledge of a computing language such as C++, Python, or MATLAB, and the willingness to learn other languages as needed.
  • Experience using one or more commercial simulation packages such as ANSYS-FLUENT, COMSOL, or STAR-CCM+, or experience in developing and using open source CFD packages such as OpenFOAM. Ideally, the candidate should have experience in both commercial and open-source packages, but candidates with experience in one approach and a willingness to learn other approaches are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and conference (or other) presentations.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in mentoring or supervising undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Experience in linking physical simulation to techno-economic analysis.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $71,300 - $117,600

NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

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.

* Based on eligibility rules

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