Postdoctoral Associate, Energy Initiative

Massachusetts, United States
06 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2021
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.


MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), to join a ARPA-E-funded project investigating the design and operation of flexible carbon capture and storage at fossil-fuel power plants. Will work with Howard Herzog, senior research engineer at the MIT Energy Initiative and the project lead, and MITEI research scientists, Dr. Emre Gençer and Dr. Dharik Mallapragada.  The project will develop models to investigate the cost-effective design and operation of a near-zero emission power plant concept that combines flue gas CO2 capture with a lime-based direct air capture (DAC) process in a way that does not impact power plant flexibility.  Will be expected to regularly present research results at meetings and workshops, prepare quarterly progress reports, and publish papers in international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

The position will offer an opportunity to interact and work closely with researchers at MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in chemical engineering or a subject pertinent to the research area; expertise and a relevant track record in process modeling, techno economic assessment, modeling and optimization, and power plant and carbon capture process modeling; demonstrated knowledge of using commercial process modeling software such as Aspen Plus and programming languages such as MATLAB or Python; excellent communication skills; ability to produce and prioritize work and meet deadlines with minimal supervision; and fluency in spoken and written English.

PREFERRED: Experience with mathematical optimization techniques and surrogate model development.  Job #18888

For further information on the group and related projects, please feel free contact Dr. Emre Gençer ( and Dr. Dharik Mallapragada ( 

In addition to applying for the position online via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit their application package (full CV and a research statement) to Dr. Dharik Mallapragada at Applicants should also arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation send to the above email address. The project will be based at the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, but the option of working remotely for the initial period will be considered.

This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal depending on the progress achieved and continued funding.

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.