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Graduate (Year-Round) Intern - Direct Air Capture Techno-Economics

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


💻 Remote
🤑 £42.7K - £68.3K

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  • You must be enrolled in or have recently graduated from a chemical engineering or related program, with experience in direct air capture systems, economic analysis, and life cycle assessment. Strong teamwork and leadership skills are essential, along with TEA experience and programming proficiency.
  • You will develop economic models, analyze suitable locations for direct air capture, engage with industry partners, lead initiatives, modify cost models, work independently and collaboratively, establish collaborations, and lead and facilitate collaborations with various stakeholders.

Off-cycle Internship



  • The Industrial Systems and Fuels Group is seeking a Ph.D. research intern to support and lead work related to direct air capture (DAC) projects. The successful candidate will spearhead and assist in technoeconomic analysis (TEA) and will engage extensively with industry partners, co-leading industry advisory and community engagement committees. The primary focus will be on identifying suitable DAC locations and projecting costs over time with appropriate technical assumptions. Additionally, the candidate is expected to possess basic programming skills, and experience with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) would be a plus.
  • Candidates with a track record of working independently and demonstrating initiative are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to design high-quality research projects and effectively interpret, assess, and communicate modeling results. The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, along with a proven record of contributions to the field. Strong teamwork, leadership, and collaboration abilities are essential


  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Candidates who have earned a degree may work for a period not to exceed 12 months. Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
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  • A strong record of teamwork, mentorship, project management, and leadership are desired
  • Life cycle assessment experience and basic laboratory skills be able to assist experiments.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • PhD student in Chemical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related engineering discipline.
  • Experience with and an understanding of direct air capture systems, specifically economic analysis, life cycle assessment, and operational optimization.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental and applied science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems.
  • Knowledge of different direct air capture systems and techno-economic modeling.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • TEA experience and use and proficiency of associated software/tools
  • Experience of programming in Python, MATLAB, or similar
  • Record of publications/presentations in areas related to direct air capture
  • A strong record of teamwork, mentorship, project management, and leadership are desired
  • Life cycle assessment experience and basic laboratory skills be able to assist experiments.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • The position entails developing and analyzing economic models to identify suitable locations for direct air capture systems. The intern will extensively engage with industry partners, co-leading industry advisory and community initiatives.
  • This will require the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods to identify existing cost model methodologies and to modify or design new strategies as needed.
  • The successful candidate will be self-motivated and capable of completing tasks independently, while also actively contributing to collaborative modeling efforts.
  • The successful candidate will work closely with engineers, scientists, and students in many different fields, and will work to establish collaborations both within NREL and with partner organizations. As such, demonstration of an ability to participate in, to facilitate, and to lead collaborations is important.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





42700 - 68300 GBP