Postdoctoral Associate, Maritime Transport Decarbonization


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Postdoctoral Associate, Maritime Transport Decarbonization

  • Job Number: 24107
  • Functional Area: Research - Engineering
  • Department: Materials Science and Engineering
  • School Area: Engineering
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No
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Job Description

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE IN MARITIME TRANSPORT DECARBONIZATION, Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)-MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, to play a pivotal role in studying the supply chain viability and environmental impacts of low-carbon fuels to decarbonize the global maritime transport sector. The role involves collaborative work with researchers at the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium and the MIT Energy Initiative, along with industry experts and NGOs. Key responsibilities may include: developing sustainability metrics to compare impacts of maritime transport activities across a range of environmental and social dimensions; performing regional well-to-wake assessment of costs, emissions, and feedstock requirements for low-carbon maritime fuels; assessing theoretical best-case performance of processes and technologies involved in alternative fuel production, distribution, and end-use; adding novel functionality to maritime fleet models to represent alternative powertrains (fuel cell, battery electric, etc.); and assessing the impacts of low-carbon fuel adoption on global maritime transport networks and bunkering activities.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in engineering, environmental science, physical sciences, or social sciences; familiarity with at least three of the following: lifecycle cost and emissions analysis (preferably with a focus on low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen-derived fuels and biofuels), development of sustainability metrics across environmental and/or social dimensions, simulation and performance optimization of powertrains (internal combustion, fuel cell, battery electric) and supporting systems, collaborative development and execution of quantitative models representing complex systems or processes, adjudicating heterogeneous data sources across diverse stakeholders to study complex systems, and sociotechnical and/or governance dimensions of maritime transport and logistics; experience with group management and coordination; strong listening and written and verbal communication skills; and ability to collaborate as part of a team with experts from diverse backgrounds.  Job #24107

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All applications must include (in a single PDF) a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, and general research/goals statement; a detailed curriculum vitae (CV); an official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s); and contact information, including email addresses for three references to support the application.

This position is in Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate is expected to relocate.


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