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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher - Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure Analysis in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher - Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure Analysis



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL’s Mobility Infrastructure and Impacts Analysis (MIIA) group in the Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences (CIMS) is seeking an accomplished and dynamic researcher with sharp problem solving skills, focus on impactful solutions, a growth mindset, and excellent collaboration skills to join our cutting-edge research team to work on for a hydrogen infrastructure analyst role. The MIIA group analyzes and models advanced vehicle infrastructure and integrated behind-the-meter energy systems to answer research questions for various federal and state clients. The ideal candidate for this position will bring a strong track record of data-driven modeling and techno-economic analysis in hydrogen infrastructure including pipeline modeling and analysis. The candidate should demonstrate practical knowledge of hydrogen systems analysis, have experience developing software tools, and be an excellent verbal and written communicator.

The successful candidate will serve as a core researcher assessing the economic impact of blending hydrogen into natural gas pipeline modeling. The candidate will engage with a diverse team of national labs, industry stakeholders, and the department of energy to develop bottom-up cost models to assess the costs of preparing natural gas pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen blending. Additionally, the successful candidate will support the integration of these models into detailed grid operations and natural gas state models to understand what are the costs, opportunities, and total value proposition for hydrogen blending in natural gas pipelines. Education in fields such as engineering, transportation infrastructure, energy system modeling, and economic analysis is preferred.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Review the literature and landscape of existing hydrogen blending into natural gas pipeline analyses

  • Develop bottom-up cost models in an advanced programming language (e.g., Python, Julia, R) for hydrogen blending in natural gas pipelines

  • Support model development and/or run detailed grid models and natural gas pipeline composition models

  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams from industry, government, academia to support and develop modeling techniques for hydrogen infrastructure

  • Publish results in top technical journals and conference proceedings; present work at conferences, symposia, and sponsor review meetings


Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have knowledge of and experience with hydrogen infrastructure analysis and pipeline techno-economic modeling, including background and experience in one or more of the following:

  • Data-driven hydrogen systems analysis and modeling

  • Demonstrated knowledge of applying techno-economic modeling in hydrogen infrastructure research including pipeline analysis

  • Demonstrated interaction with cross-disciplinary research teams and external stakeholders

  • Exposure to concepts and modeling methods in electricity markets, power systems, hydrogen production and use in pipelines and energy storage

  • Demonstrated experience or proficiency in programming languages such as Python, R, or Julia

  • Demonstrated experience publishing journal articles and presenting technical presentations

  • Exceptional written and spoken communication skills


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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