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Post Doc: Life Cycle Analyst: Vehicle Materials and Design, and Advanced Powertrains Focus
Requisition Number: 408517 Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development Division: ES-Energy Systems
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Doctorate Degree
Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 - 5:00
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Argonne National Laboratory is seeking dynamic and technically strong Postdoctoral Researchers in the area of life cycle analysis. The position is in the Systems Assessment Center’s Electrification and Infrastructure Group in the Energy Systems Division. Postdoctoral Researchers work with other team members to analyze transportation and energy systems, develop new models and datasets, and provide rigorous and objective results. We are currently seeking applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas: transportation energy systems, materials production with a focus on vehicle materials and lightweighting, lithium-ion battery production and recycling, electrical grid modeling, and vehicle manufacturing.


Postdoctoral Researchers collect and synthesize information to conduct LCA studies in the GREET modeling platform, manipulate large datasets to extract meaningful information, communicate results through well-designed presentations, publish findings in refereed journal articles and reports, and present results at conferences, workshops, and project meetings. The Electrification and Infrastructure Group supports DOE and other sponsors to assess the energy and environmental impacts associated with electricity, infrastructure, vehicles, and integrated systems in order to guide R&D efforts, identify key drivers and improvement opportunities, and create new approaches for LCA/sustainability analysis to address emerging issues.


The Systems Assessment Center continues a 30-year history of leadership in the field of life cycle analysis. Postdoctoral Researchers will join project teams including experts in a variety of topics relevant to their work and will regularly collaborate with experts from Argonne, industry and at other national laboratories. The Systems Assessment Center develops and maintains the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET®) model, which is widely used by government, industry, and academic stakeholders to provide objective and credible LCA results (see Results from the Postdoctoral Researchers’ work may be incorporated in the annual GREET updates.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong expertise in topics related to sustainable transportation, electricity generation, infrastructure development, and/or battery manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated competence in life cycle assessment or closely related skills.
  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork. 
  • Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. degree in engineering, environmental science, or other related field with coursework and/or research experience in life cycle analysis.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience in data-driven sustainability analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform life cycle assessment and/or economic analysis and to write related scientific reports.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of data sources relevant to environmental and sustainability analysis, and the ability to identify topics and data sources and to engage experts to conduct research. Capability of identifying key features of complex systems/processes.
  • Well-developed problem-solving, systems thinking, quantitative, analytical and critical thinking skills; intellectual curiosity. Ability to structure and formulate solutions to complex problems.
  • Highly self-motivated and detail oriented with the ability to work independently and in close collaboration with team members. Energized by working as part of a high functioning team and demonstrates a professional attitude.
  • Skilled written and verbal communicator, including the ability to present complex information so that it is understandable to a broad audience.
  • Strong computer skills relevant for data manipulation and analysis, including experience with creating and using complex models in Excel. Experience with MS Access, Excel VBA scripting, Python, R, AspenPlus, ArcGIS (or related software), Java, and/or Matlab is preferred. Experience with GREET is preferred.
  • Expertise relevant to analysis of one or more of the following: the transportation sector, material production processes, vehicle production processes, vehicle powertrain technologies, batteries, fuel cells, and battery electric vehicles.
  • Experience analyzing large data sets.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

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