Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mechanical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

United States

December 24, 2021


Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mechanical Engineering

Apply now Job no: 495351 Work type: Post Doctoral Fellow Full Time Location: Golden, CO Categories: Mechanical Engineering

Position Title

Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is searching for a post-doctoral researcher to work principally with Professor Greg Jackson's group on funded research projects related to concentrating solar power and high-temperature thermal and thermochemical storage. Primary responsibilities will be helping to oversee efforts in collaboration with national labs and industrial partners to run experiments and develop multi-physics modeling tools to analyze and scale-up new approaches to heat transfer in and out of inert and reacting particles in unique fluidizing beds relevant for various high-temperature energy storage modes (thermal, chemical, and thermochemical). The researcher will also play a vital role in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students working in the lab. Opportunities to participate on other funded projects related to high- temperature electrochemical processes will be considered based on the candidates' expertise.

This is a full-time, 2-year appointment (anticipated 1/22/2022-12/31/2023) with the possibility of extension.



  • Developing and overseeing experimental test facilities for high- temperature fluidized bed heat transfer relevant for concentrating solar applications
  • Supporting multi-physics model development for analyzing particle heat transfer in fluidized bed heat exchangers and reactors and scaling up designs.
  • Mentoring students working on collaborative projects with respect to experiments and modeling studies
  • Interaction with industry and government partners on heat exchanger and reactor design analysis and scale-up.
  • Play critical role in writing up research for government reports and archival journals and presenting results at national and international conferences.

  • Supporting research projects related to high-temperature electrolysis for energy conversion and storage.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in mechanical or chemical engineering or related field with an emphasis on thermal, fluids and energy sciences completed by 01/2022
  • Certifications and Licenses:

  • None required
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experimental skills working with data acquisition and measurements involving fluid flow, heat transfer, and/or chemical reactions
  • Experience with multi-dimensional modeling of thermal fluid systems
  • Preferred Qualifications

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of LabView programming or similar data acquisition environment
  • Some background in concentrating solar power applications
  • Some experience with SolidWorks or other computer aided design tools
  • Laboratory safety training
  • Department Description To learn more about The Department of Mechanical Engineering visit https: //

    About Mines & Golden, CO

    Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.

    Equal Opportunity

    Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

    Mines' commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

    Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

    Pay Range

    Mines is offering an academic year salary of $58,000 - $63,000

    Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate's education, training and experience as well as the position's scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

    Total Rewards Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. Additionally, Mines' leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits. How to Apply Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a CV and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made. Background Investigation Required Yes COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire. Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's vaccination guidance.

    Advertised: Nov 22, 2021 Mountain Standard Time Applications close:

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