Simulation and Analysis for Synthetic Metabolism
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 1/9/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Simulation and Analysis for Synthetic Metabolism Catalysis and Reaction Technology Team is starting a new initiative on synthetic metabolism for self-sustaining robotic operations. Current power sources technology limits the range and endurance of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS). For the ramp-up of this initiative, we are interested to identify the technology paths from low energy density biomass to a high energy density chemical and then from that chemical to energy for robotic operations. The candidate should be proficient in process design/optimization tools for life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic analysis (TEA). Understanding of dynamic simulation to handle biomass feedstock uncertainty or process optimization is a plus. These stimulation and analysis will not only provide a basis for comparing the technology options, but will also identify the major technological barriers for size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements. Therefore, the results will be used to pinpoint future investment of the technical efforts towards self-sustaining robotic operations. The ideal candidate will have recently received a PhD in chemical, biological, electrical engineering or equivalent discipline, with interests in hands-on laboratory demonstration as well as process implementation on RAS. The successful candidate will do research with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and industrial partners to transition processes from the laboratory to early prototype demonstrations. Keywords: techno-economic analysis , life cycle assessment, dynamic simulations, process optimization, synthetic metabolism, robotic and autonomous systems, self-sustaining Click here for more information

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Adelphi, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 1/9/2019

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