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Process Modeling Research Chemical Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 3, 2023
Reference Code: 18904
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
The Hydrogen and Electrochemistry Department within the Energy and Environment Science & Technology (EES&T) Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated early to mid-career Engineers to provide the core capability of process modeling of chemical, hydrogen, and thermal processes! This position will be on the cutting edge of developing and designing processes to couple carbon-free nuclear power plants to chemical plants, such as hydrogen, fertilizer, steel, cement, and synthetic fuels production plants as well as petrochemical refineries, to assist in decarbonizing U.S industries. This team works a hybrid 9x80 schedule located at our Idaho Falls facility with every other Friday off.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Support the Department and INL in the development of high-quality process design models complete with robust economic analysis
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers on challenging work scope.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with management, co-workers, and with customers.
  • Publish results of process modeling / techno-economic analyses in a mix of INL and public publications and conference proceedings.
  • Apply, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field. Proactively stays abreast of developments in industry and maintains skills.
  • Provides imaginative, thorough, and practicable solutions to a wide range of complex, ambiguous, and/or difficult problems.
  • Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on projects or tasks requiring originality and ingenuity.
  • Perform research tasks including process development and simulation. Prepare reports, publications, patents.
  • Interact with and expand internal and external technical networks.
  • Maintain current knowledge in scientific literature by reading, participating in conferences. Prepare research concept proposals for future work, co-creation concepts with customers to capture funding.
  • Delivers products that meet or exceed customer expectations within budget and on schedule.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor, Master, or PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Strong knowledge of chemical engineering theories, principles, methods, concepts, tools, and technologies; including chemical reaction kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, chemical separations, transport phenomena, heat transfer, plant design and economics.
  • Experience in process modeling; preferably related to energy systems to improve thermodynamic efficiency, develop innovative process flows and models, incorporate environmental benefits and show financial feasibility through discounted cash flow analyses and development of financial pro-forma.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to and working within teams within the boundaries of strong project and program management methodologies.
  • Personable, detailed oriented, and experience in working with management and technical personnel at all levels.
  • A strong promoter of teamwork
Preferred Requirements:
  • Must be a self-starter, with a focus on continuous learning; and enjoys collaborating to discover innovative ways to solve challenges
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 200 ($81,288 - $134,100) / 210 ($93,492 - $154,212)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting, and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities, and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.