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University of Massachusetts Amherst Post Doctoral Research Associate - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in Amherst, Massachusetts

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Mech & Industrial Engineering

Union:Post Doc

Categories: Laboratory & Research, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research, College of Engineering

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

This research position is supported by NSF grants awarded to the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) faculty. The postdoctoral fellow is responsible for research in the area of electricity markets and equitable energy transition. Some particular responsibilities include maintenance and further development of the Mini-ISONE simulator of the ISO New England electricity market. The postdoc will work closely with Dr. Zakeri to develop research papers and proposals as well as advance the aforementioned simulator.

  • Develop a program of research that makes significant advances in electricity market modeling and clearing mechanisms.

  • Conduct research in knowledge modeling to support the research and graduate traineeship for transition to a cleaner and more equitable electricity system.

  • Work closely with collaborators at ISO-New England as well as various UMass departments and Institutes (e.g. the Energy Transition Institute).

  • Supervise research activities within the lab including meeting with graduate and undergraduate students to assist them in designing their experiments, analyzing their data, and presenting their results.

  • When and if opportunities come up to respond to funding opportunity announcements, requests for proposals, or other possibilities for funding related to power economics and analytics, also wind energy research, write and submit research proposals responding to those requests.


  • A Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, or related fields.

  • Knowledge of mathematical programming and optimization.

  • Ability to program (e.g. in Python, C, etc.).

    Additional Information

  • Temporary, 1-year appointment with the possibility of reappointment contingent on funding and performance.

    Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit a resume that highlights mathematical programming experience, a cover letter, and contact information of three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Feb 17 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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