Process Engineer - Biorefinery Analysis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO

About $70,000 - $92,000 a year

Posting Title

Process Engineer - Biorefinery Analysis


CO - Golden

Position Type


Hours Per Week


Job Description
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

This position is part of the Biorefinery Analysis team within NREL's National Bioenergy Center. Primary responsibilities of team members include the development of conceptual process designs, and the economic and sustainability analyses of biomass-based conversion processes.

Job Duties

The selected candidate will work on the development of conceptual process models in Aspen Plus for the conversion of biomass to liquid transportation fuels and co-products and use those models to provide product cost estimates. The engineer will work with researchers of diverse backgrounds to understand the details of ongoing and future research and help model the potential commercial-scale impacts of research outcomes. Work products will include technical reports, journal articles and presentations. It is expected that the delivered work will be of superior quality, and will sometimes need to be delivered under aggressive timelines. Other aspects of the work will include, but will not be limited to literature reviews, study of the petroleum refinery infrastructure compatibility of products, and the development of sustainability metrics for the conversion processes being studied.

Our ideal candidate will have experience with use and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts. To be considered, candidates must have strengths in modeling with tools such as Aspen Plus. Candidates showing evidence of being detail oriented, being self-motivated and learning independently, and having experience with advanced process modeling will be preferred. In addition, strong writing and presentation skills are necessary. The candidate should be able to work under pressure with tight deadlines when the situation demands and also be a team player with a diplomatic approach. It will be helpful to show evidence of working on projects where external information is assimilated into work products, being resourceful at finding that information, and being able to present the information in a professional and thoughtful manner.

Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.

Limited use and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts.


Basic Qualifications
Related Bachelor's Degree.

Additional Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications


Submission Guidelines

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