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David Hopkinson <[log in to unmask]>
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David Hopkinson <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 5 Jun 2012 13:53:40 -0400
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U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Position title:  Post-doctoral scholar in gas separations process design 
and optimization

Two post-docs are sought with experience in gas separations systems 
analysis.  Specific modeling needs include:

1.	Systems modeling of membranes for post-combustion capture of CO2 
from flue gas.  This work will result in an evaluation of energy 
consumption and cost for a post-combustion CO2 capture membrane system.  
Also, new and innovative process designs for membrane based gas separation 
will be developed, such as a hybrid solvent-membrane system and others.  

2.	Systems modeling of a sorbent system for separation of oxygen from 
air.  This is a feasibility study for the use of a novel sorbent to be used 
in large scale oxygen production.  The sorbent system will be evaluated for 
energy consumption and cost.

Our research group studies gas separations for industrial energy 
applications with an emphasis on solvent, sorbent, and membrane materials.  
The incumbents will become part of a dynamic research group addressing all 
aspects of materials development including molecular modeling, synthesis 
and characterization, device fabrication, performance testing, and systems 
analysis.  The incumbents will work closely with experimentalists to model 
systems that are based on real materials being developed at the NETL.  The 
position will be located either in Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA at 
NETL, a center of excellence in carbon dioxide capture and sequestration 

Minimum qualifications:  A Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related field 
with experience and publications in process design and optimization

Preferred qualifications:  Experience with Aspen or similar systems 
analysis software; previous modeling of gas separation systems; previous 
modeling of power generation systems; experience with sorbent or membrane 
modeling and theory; experience with membrane module design; previous work 
in computational fluid dynamics.

Start date:  Immediate

Location:  Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA

Term of employment:  Full time; renewable for up to three years total

Salary information:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience; 
competitive benefits package

Application closing date:  Open until filled

To apply:  Please send a letter of application and CV to Dr. David 
Hopkinson, [log in to unmask]