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Postdoctoral Researcher - Iron and Steel Decarbonization

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $71.3K - $117.6K

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  • You must be a recent PhD graduate in Metallurgical Engineering with expertise in iron ore processing, direct reduction, and steelmaking. Strong teamwork, leadership, and communication skills are essential, along with a history of independent research and publication.
  • You will lead experimental work on green steel production, focusing on hydrogen direct reduction of iron ores for decarbonized steel. This includes thermal management, energy/mass balance, chemical requirements, ore pre-processing, carburization, smelting, and electric arc furnace processing. Coordination with team and mentorship of interns will be required.

Graduate Job

Research & Development, ScienceGolden


  • 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:
  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical Chemistry, or related field.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate experimentally-based expertise in:
  • Metallurgy
  • Direct reduction of iron ores
  • Iron ore processing
  • A candidate with a strong fundamental knowledge of metallurgical principles who can translate this understanding to applied problems is sought. Creative, critical thinking across a wide variety of disciplines and research areas will be essential.
  • A strong record of teamwork, mentorship, project management, and leadership are desired. 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. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to encourage and maximize the unique talents and innovative ideas of a diverse array of collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • In addition to strong teamwork, candidates must demonstrate a history of working independently and taking initiative. Candidates must demonstrate ability to design high-quality research projects and to interpret and communicate experimental results. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, with a strong record of contributions to the field. Teamwork, leadership, and collaboration will be essential.
  • Ideally, the candidate will have expertise in:
  • Iron carburization
  • Smelting
  • Electric arc furnaces
  • Thermal management of ironmaking processes
  • Renewable energy integration with industrial processes
  • Working closely with modeling experts
  • Steelmaking
  • Preferred qualifications include:
  • Experience developing new laboratory capabilities
  • Leadership experience
  • A strong history of publication
  • Applied work (e.g., with the steel industry or related field)

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • NREL's Building Thermal Energy Sciences group has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to support a green steel production (decarbonized steel) project, addressing the ~8% of global annual CO2 emissions generated by the steel industry. The ideal candidate will have background in metallurgical processes, preferably focused on ironmaking. The candidate should have experience leading experimental work in this area.
  • Specifically, the project focuses on hydrogen direct reduction of iron ores including thermal management, energy/mass balance, and chemical requirements of the process for steel production. Ore pre-processing, carburization, smelting, and electric arc furnace processing are also of interest.
  • Coordination with a large multi-institutional team and mentorship of interns and juniors will be required. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellent teamwork, strong leadership, and mentorship skills.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





71300 - 117600 USD