NREL Postdoctoral Researcher - High Temperature Electrochemical Processes in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher - High Temperature Electrochemical Processes

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)

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Hours Per Week

40

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Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder, and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

NREL's Thermal Sciences group has an opening for a post-doctoral position involving high-temperature electrochemical processes. The successful candidate will join team members in cutting-edge laboratory and analytical projects to research, develop, and evaluate materials (metallic and ceramics), components, and systems, to be integrated with Generation 3 of Concentrating Solar Power technologies using molten salts.

The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of fundamental materials degradation mechanisms, electrochemical theory and techniques, mechanical degradation and testing, heat transfer, solid-liquid phase transformations, and materials and characterization.

The key duties of this position include:

  • Setup high-temperature systems under controlled atmospheres for isostatic and dynamic testing.

  • Perform laboratory experiments for reliable data collection for degradation testing of materials in harsh conditions.

  • Characterize pre-, in situ, and post-testing using chemical, thermal, physical, mechanical, and metallographic analyses and techniques.

  • Publish papers in materials, corrosion, degradation, and energy-related peer reviewed journals.

As an individual researcher the duties are:

  • Understand the physics and chemistry of chemical and mechanical materials degradation mechanisms.

  • Establish fundamental mechanical and physicochemical-sound mechanisms of materials degradation

  • Optimize test setups, and characterization tools to optimize and mitigate corrosion at high temperatures

  • Prove corrosion mitigation approaches at high temperature including addressing stress corrosion cracking and stress relaxation cracking.

Desired Qualifications

  • Materials, chemical, physical, or mechanical engineering, or relevant dissertation research in other engineering or science field.

  • Experimental work in materials performance testing, component and system prototyping.

  • Significant success in an individual contributor research role

  • Excellent organization, project management, interpersonal, and communication skills

  • Demonstrated communication skills including experience and ability to communicate research results through written papers and oral presentations, the ability to effectively represent a program, and the ability to present research work to academic, industry, and governmental audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a large dynamic team environment with evolving requirements, schedules, and time constraining milestones.

  • Leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to successfully lead projects toward ambitious goals

  • Strong technical publication record in peer reviewed journals

  • Familiarity with and commitment to security, safety, and ES&H systems

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Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.

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Preferred Qualifications

Education/Experience

  • Recent PhD graduate within the last three years.

  • Strong academic and research record in relevant materials engineering and science fields with emphasis on materials degradation and high temperatures in harsh environments.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Materials degradation testing at high temperatures under flowing conditions.

  • Research experience in renewable energy technology

  • Experience with universities and state and local government agencies

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.

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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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