National Renewable Energy Laboratory DuraMAT Postdoc: Accelerated Testing for PV Durability in Golden, Colorado
DuraMAT Postdoc: Accelerated Testing for PV Durability
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL seeks a to hire a post-doc with experience in photovoltaic (PV) reliability, material durability, or accelerated testing. The candidate will be involved with DuraMAT (www.DuraMAT.org) - or the Durable Module Materials Consortium, which is a multi-institutional collaboration between four national labs, multiple universities, and the PV industry to discover, develop, de-risk, and enable the commercialization of new materials and designs for PV modules and system components. The Postdoc will be one of four of DuraMAT Postdocs, one at each core DuraMAT national lab, and will be expected to collaborate extensively with the DuraMAT postdocs and Early Career Scientists. The focus area for this research will be acceleration science and accelerated testing of modules and module materials.
This 1-3 year postdoc position will support the disruptive acceleration science core objective of DuraMAT. This is an experimental research position, requiring a combination of hands-on material/module testing, instrumentation development, and data analysis. The postdoc will be responsible for helping develop, validate, and update advanced accelerated testing protocols to better understand module packaging failures. For example, the DuraMAT team has develop a combined accelerated stress testing (C-AST) approach. Using the C-AST protocol and in collaboration with DuraMAT partners, new capabilities are being added to the system (e.g. in-situ EL), along with materials analysis to validate the approach. There will also be opportunity to define new research acceleration science research areas within DuraMAT.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Additional Required Qualifications
A PhD in materials science, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a relavent field
Familiarity with PV module design and testing
Familiarity with PV systems and outdoor environmental conditions
Experience with accelerated testing and reliability science
Experience with instrument design and development
Willingness to learn and bridge knowledge/experience gaps
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Effective communication with a diverse population and good interpersonal skills are essential
Effective written and verbal communication skills
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