Deep carbon capture and storage for net-zero emissions power

Job Type
Job Rank
postdoctoral research associate
Job Institution
University of Wyoming
Job Description

The Laboratory for Low-Carbon Energy and Environmental Sustainability in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Wyoming (UW) now has one postdoctoral research associate position in Deep Carbon Capture and Storage for Net-Zero Power (Job No. 230953).

The Laboratory for Low-Carbon Energy and Environmental Sustainability promotes a long-term vision for the role of both technology and policy to cope with complex energy, environmental and natural resource challenges. The laboratory conducts systems research that addresses technical, economic, and policy issues related to energy and environmental systems. Current interests of research mainly include low-carbon energy systems, carbon capture and storage, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production, and the energy-water nexus under carbon constraints for climate change mitigation. The laboratory pioneers the development of the Integrated Environmental Control Model (IECM), a computer tool used worldwide for power plant modeling and assessment. The principal investigator is Prof. Haibo Zhai, the Roy & Caryl Cline Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UW. He is also Adjunct Faculty in the School of Energy Resources and the School of Computing at UW and in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

The laboratory will hire a postdoctoral research associate to work on a new research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. This project will perform systems analysis for advancing bioenergy with deep carbon capture and storage (CCS) toward net-zero emissions in the electric power sector. Specifically, the postdoctoral research associate to be recruited will conduct detailed thermodynamic process modeling and techno-economic analysis for post-combustion CCS systems using liquid solvents for deep carbon capture (up to 99% CO2 removal) at biomass-coal co-firing power plants. The postdoctoral fellow will further incorporate research outcomes into the IECM with the PI, senior research staff, and PhD students. The postdoctoral fellow will also need to prepare progress reports, present research results at conferences, and publish work in peer-reviewed journals.

A doctoral degree in chemical and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, or other energy-related disciplines is required for this position. The applicants with expertise on thermodynamic process modeling using ASPEN Plus and techno-economic analysis are strongly encouraged. Please complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume, and contact information for four work-related references. Here is the application website:…. Additional information is also available on the application website.

For any questions about this position, please contact Prof. Haibo Zhai by email at