MITEI Electric Power Systems Center Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts, United States
04 Jun 2020
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04 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS CENTER POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATEMIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), to assume a position in the area of energy systems optimization, with a focus on natural gas impact and implications. Will work with MITEI researchers to study the role of natural gas in future low-carbon electricity systems under uncertain technology, policy, and fuel price scenarios. The responsibilities will include developing/improving power system optimization models to assess long-term system evolution under policy and technology-driven uncertainty, incorporating upstream constraints (e.g., gas infrastructure) related to gas-based power generation, and using the developed models to provide policy-relevant recommendations on the role of existing and new natural gas assets and emerging technologies (e.g., battery storage).

The position offers an opportunity to interact and work closely with researchers at MIT and be part of the MITEI’s Electric Power Systems (EPS) Low-Carbon Energy Center.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in an engineering discipline with a background in energy systems, e.g., energy engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering; expertise and a relevant track record in formulating and solving optimization models; working knowledge of power systems and the various grid technologies; experience with handling large data sets; demonstrated experience using one or more of the following programming languages--Julia, GAMS, Python, and/or MATLAB; ability to regularly present research results in sponsor meetings and center workshops and publish papers at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals; excellent communication skills; ability to work independently with limited supervision and to prioritize work to meet deadlines; and fluency in spoken and written English.  Job #18660

In addition to applying via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit a full CV and research statement to Raanan Miller at and Gail Monahan at

The position is expected to start immediately. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

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