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Photovoltaic Performance Postdoctoral Researcher

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $73.2K - $120.8K

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  • You must be a recent PhD graduate in materials science or device physics with strong scientific writing skills, proven communication abilities, and collaborative work experience. Proficiency in solar cell fabrication, ray tracing analysis, Python coding, and project management is preferred.
  • You will focus on photovoltaic performance research, analyzing energy yield, reliability, and degradation of solar cells. Collaborate with diverse teams, engage with industrial stakeholders, and foster a culture of inclusion and innovation.

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  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
  • NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a solid background in materials science and/or device physics.Strong scientific writing skills demonstrated by first authorship of quality scientific papers; proven communications skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a research team are also required. Candidates should have a strong track record of contributing to work that addresses project goals.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with fabricating, modeling, and packaging of solar cells
  • Proficiency in ray tracing analysis
  • Strong coding experience (Python)
  • Experience in project management

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • This position will focus on crosscutting photovoltaic research involving energy yield analysis, reliability, performance, and degradation. Candidates should have a proven track record of success in integrating scientific, engineering, and analytical perspectives to devise innovative solutions to complex problems within a collaborative team environment. Successful candidates must demonstrate strong collaborative skills and a willingness to engage with industrial stakeholders and other team priorities.
  • Applicants for this position should possess comprehensive experience in solar cell manufacturing, encompassing device fabrication, interconnection, packaging, and reliability. Research priorities will include modeling device performance, conducting energy yield analysis, and analyzing cell-to-module loss.
  • The candidate will actively participate in a larger group effort that involves researchers from diverse groups at NREL, covering modeling, material science, reliability characterization, and analysis teams. The collaborative nature of the environment necessitates a candidate capable of interfacing with researchers from different disciplines and learning about topics outside their area of expertise. Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the candidate will be expected to foster a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every employee.


Work type

Full time

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73200 - 120800 USD