Princeton University Postdoctoral Research Associate positions: zero-carbon energy technology evaluation and optimization

One or more postdoctoral research associate or more senior research positions are available at Princeton University in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Associates will join the Zero-carbon Energy systems Research and Optimization Laboratory (ZERO Lab) run by assistant professor Jesse Jenkins (Andlinger Center and Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), which focuses on macro-energy systems modeling, low-carbon energy transitions and policy analysis, and techno-economic assessment of novel low-carbon energy technologies and their role in a decarbonized energy sector.

Applicants will begin sometime between January and June 2022 and will help staff and lead a new research consortium focused on zero-carbon energy technology evaluation.

The ZERO Lab Technology Evaluation Program will focus on the use of optimization-based models of macro-scale energy systems to evaluate novel low-carbon energy technologies, optimize their design, and identify key cost and performance improvements necessary for these technologies to scale for meaningful impact in future energy systems. Researchers in this program will engage closely with Department of Energy program leaders, private sector investors, major corporations, and technology developers from across the energy innovation ecosystem to provide practical insights to guide strategic planning, R&D priorities, market valuation, investment decisions, and policy engagement.

Applicants will have experience in optimization methods and applied energy system modeling, particularly macro-scale energy systems; techno-economic analysis; familiarity with algebraic modeling languages used for linear and mixed integer programming (e.g. Julia/JuMP, Python/Pyomo, AMPL, GAMS); and comfort working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

Individuals with expertise in energy systems and a PhD in relevant fields (including operations research, energy resources, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, and computer science) are encouraged to apply. All candidates must have strong, demonstrated research ability, excellent English written and spoken communication skills.

We are interested in receiving applications from members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in science and engineering.

The appointment will be for one year, with annual renewal contingent on performance and funding (expected total term: 2-3 years).

Applicants must apply online at and submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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