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Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment (LAE)
  • Job Number: 16191
  • Functional Area: Research - Engineering
  • Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • School Area: Engineering
  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Aeronautics and Astronautics-Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment (LAE), to perform research aimed at improving our understanding of life cycle emissions of petroleum-derived fuels and to identify opportunities to mitigate petroleum fuels life cycle emissions.  Will explore the technical, environmental, and economic viability of coprocessing biogenic lipids with petroleum feedstocks; develop detailed chemical process models of hydrocracking and fluid catalytic cracking process units in a petroleum refinery in order to characterize the operational impacts of processing a fraction of renewable feedstock together with conventional petroleum feedstocks; and coordinate the day-to-day activities LAE.  The model outputs will be used to carry out environmental and economic evaluation of the technologies of interest by using life cycle analysis and techno-economic assessment.  Will collaborate with the funding sponsor and LAE’s leadership team and assist in supervising LAE graduate students. 


Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in chemical engineering or related field, extensive experience in chemical process modeling using Aspen or similar software, significant experience in applying the methods of LCA and TEA to evaluate energy technologies, a record of peer-reviewed publication and a desire to publish the findings of this research project, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Job #16191

This is a one-year position beginning in early 2019, with the opportunity for extension based on satisfactory performance.  


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