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Post-doctoral Researcher - Materials Science for Photovoltaics

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $73.2K - $120.8K

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  • You must be a recent PhD graduate with a background in materials science or photovoltaics, strong scientific writing and communication skills, experience in experimental materials science, and the ability to work collaboratively on research projects. Additional skills in fracture mechanics, PV device physics, cell processing, or reliability testing are preferred.
  • You will conduct innovative experimental research in renewable energy, focusing on materials science for photovoltaics. You will publish results, present at conferences, and maintain a safe working environment at NREL.

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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 in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or relevant field.* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a solid background in materials science and/or photovoltaic 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.
  • Experience with experimental materials science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or another relevant field.
  • Scientific background allowing interpretation of results using physical principles.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills.
  • A willingness and curiosity to learn work on a variety of projects.
  • Ability to learn new techniques quickly and multi-task efficiently.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • The following is a list of preferred skills we would like the candidate to have. We do not expect them to have all these skills/experiences, but just a few. The successful candidate will be selected based on how their skills in these areas will best compliment the team composition.
  • Hands on experience with fracture mechanics, mechanical testing, microscopy, or metallography.
  • Experience with photovoltaic cell metallization, silicon cell processing, module interconnects, or other metal-semiconductor interfaces.
  • An understanding of PV device physics.
  • Experience with crystalline Si, CdTe, III/IV, perovskite, or any other PV technology.
  • Understanding of PV performance and energy yield modeling.
  • Knowledge of photovoltaic cell fabrication, processing, and packaging.
  • Experience with modeling mechanics of materials and thermomechanical reliability.
  • Experience with accelerated stress testing of materials or devices.
  • Experience extrapolating laboratory degradation to field performance.
  • Understanding of polymer science and degradation.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • The NREL Materials, Chemical and Computational Science (MCCS) directorate has an immediate opening for a full time (40 hours per week) Postdoctoral Researcher for work conducting innovative experimental research in in renewable energy and energy efficiency. MCCS’ research portfolio spans photovoltaics and solar energy conversion; solar fuels; hydrogen production, storage, and utilization; fundamental materials science and chemistry; materials discovery, synthesis, and development; advanced characterization, spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging; energy storage; and reliability/durability.
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and conference proceedings and presentation of work at scientific conferences and program review meetings are expected. Complying with NREL's environmental, safety, and health policies and procedures, working safely at all times, maintaining showpiece laboratories, and continuously promoting a safe working environment.


Work type

Full time

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73200 - 120800 USD