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Postdoctoral Researcher Geothermal Science/Engineering

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🤑 $71.3K - $117.6K
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  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
  • NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • In addition, the successful candidate must have demonstrated ability/experience in the following areas:
  • Geophysics/geology/rock physics
  • Resource exploration and characterization; exploration methods and drilling
  • Geophysical theory, methods, data processing, and/or inversion
  • ArcGIS or other GIS software
  • Data analytics using spreadsheets, data visualization, etc. to analyze data and make conclusions.
  • Subsurface data processing, modeling and interpretation.
  • 3D geological modeling environments, such as Leapfrog
  • Thermal-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical (THMC) reservoir modeling, or subsets thereof, using simulators such as CMG STARS, FALCON, Volsung, GOHFER, Resfrac, TOUGH family of codes, OpenGeoSys.
  • General data processing and analysis software, such as Python or MATLAB.
  • Effective and concise communication both in writing and speaking; to disseminate research results through technical talks and through publications, as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the U.S. and international geothermal energy sector
  • Field work with geothermal systems
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of U.S. DOE geothermal research
  • Familiarity with use of high-performance computing for complex simulations.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • This position performs geoscientific, geospatial, technology, and techno-economic analysis, with an emphasis on geothermal energy systems and infrastructure. Work carried out will support R&D and decision-maker support activities within the NREL geothermal program using analysis methodologies such as geologic/geophysical/geochemical data processing and modeling, geothermal resource assessment, and subsurface/reservoir characterization.
  • The researcher will work on various projects designing and analyzing performance and feasibility of geothermal systems, including for heating and cooling applications as well as electricity production. Tasks include modeling the subsurface heat transfer, surface plant operation, and overall economics of the system. Subsurface systems considered include hydrothermal, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), deep closed-loop systems as well as shallow borehole fields.
  • The researcher will likely utilize various NREL software tools such as dGeo, GEOPHIRES, SAM, SBT, and GHEDesigner as well as third-party open-source and commercial software (e.g., TOUGH family of codes, ResFrac, etc.) for modeling the geothermal systems. For some projects, the analysis may require Python coding to implement updates to these tools. The researcher will document results in publications (including peer-reviewed journals) and present results at geothermal conferences
  • This person will participate with senior staff to conceive and propose new research concepts and projects related to geothermal energy, and work with senior staff to develop collaborative internal and external relationships.
  • The position requires documenting work for internal communication and external publication, e.g., writing and publishing analysis results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at national and international forums. The successful candidate will represent NREL's research and analysis at technical, business, and stakeholder events.


Work type

Full time

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71300 - 117600 USD