NREL Postdoctoral Researcher - Thermal Storage Components for Buildings in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher - Thermal Storage Components for Buildings
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
NREL's Building Energy Sciences group has an opening for a post-doctoral position on design and testing of thermal energy storage components for buildings applications. The successful candidate will join team members on cutting-edge laboratory and analytical projects to synthesize, develop, characterize, and evaluate materials and components for low temperature thermal energy storage systems to be integrated in buildings components and applications.
The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of fundamental heat transfer, components design and comprehension of thermal components behavior at the micro and macro levels. Working with partners, the postdoc will optimize the design, construction, setup and testing of the thermal storage component for integration at the buildings macro level.
The key duties of this position include:
Design thermal storage components with an emphasis on optimization of heat transfer for buildings applications such as envelopes, HVAC systems
Improve, develop, and use first-principles numerical modeling tools of thermal storage in materials, composites, components and systems
Construct, setup and perform laboratory experiments for component’s model validation
Perform design of improved component for its integration into buildings applications
Optimize test setups, and characterization tools for reliable data collection
Collaborate with materials scientists, experimentalists and modeling teams
Collaborate in the development of research proposals and new scientific initiatives
Write regular progress reports, publish journal papers in both fundamental science journals and applied technology journals, and present at conferences
Participate in professional scientific activities, e.g., reviews of papers, research proposals, etc.
Recent Ph.D. degree, within the last three years, in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or related field
Hands-on experience in thermal device design and testing
Strong experience in instrumentation development combining hardware and algorithms
The ability to work independently with minimal guidance and mentorship with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative
Demonstrated ability to participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team
Strong understanding of heat transfer, particular modeling at multiple scales and including convection, conduction, and contact resistances
Experience with building applications / building science, likely on thermal envelopes and/or HVAC for building applications
Experience measuring integrated materials and components in ‘real’ environments for comparison to developed models for optimization
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 towards meeting ambitious goals
Leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to successfully lead projects
Strong technical publication record in peer reviewed journals
Familiarity with and commitment to security, health, and safety (ES&H) systems
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Experience with experimental heat transfer
Numerical modeling of heat transfer
Experimental or theoretical/modeling research on solid-solid and/or solid-liquid phase transformations, thermal switches, etc.
Experience with thermal management (e.g., for power electronics, batteries, etc.)
Experience programming in Engineering Equation Solver (EES), Matlab, and/or Modelica
Experience programming in C, Python, VBA
Knowledge and expertise in buildings system applications
Research experience in renewable energy technology
Experience with universities and state and local government agencies
Demonstrated ability to work independently
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