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National Renewable Energy Laboratory DuraMAT Postdoc: Accelerated Testing for PV Durability in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

DuraMAT Postdoc: Accelerated Testing for PV Durability



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

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 ( - 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.


Basic Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

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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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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