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Postdoctoral Researcher – Nondestructive Testing for In-line Quality Monitoring of High-volume, Roll-to-roll Fabrication Processes

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🤑 $73.2K - $120.8K

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  • You must be a recent PhD graduate with experience in advanced spectroscopy, data analysis, and quality monitoring systems for roll-to-roll fabrication. Strong communication skills and familiarity with imaging techniques are essential.
  • You will develop real-time, non-destructive inspection techniques for materials used in hydrogen fuel-cell applications on a roll-to-roll web-line, focusing on experimental design, data analysis, and result reporting.

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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:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Hands-on experience performing advanced optical, thermal or X-ray spectroscopy or imaging experiments.
  • Strong background in topics related to experimental error analysis, Gauge R&R, Six-Sigma or Statistical Process Control.
  • Ability to design algorithms for automatic processing for large amounts of imaging and experimental data.
  • Practical knowledge of spectroscopy, 2D imaging or hyperspectral sensors capturing ultraviolet, visible, or infrared radiation signals.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Scripting using Wolfram Mathematica, R, python or other data processing systems
  • Familiar with parallel GPU and CPU processing
  • Experience developing nondestructive quality monitoring systems for large scale manufacturing
  • Familiar with structure and operation of hydrogen fuel-cells and electrolyzers and their fabrication technology
  • Basic knowledge of imaging techniques in the context of roll-to-roll quality monitoring.
  • PhD in Materials Science, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical Engineering or other related fields

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Thin Film and Manufacturing Science Group to conduct research on developing real-time, non-destructive inspection techniques for materials utilized in hydrogen fuel-cell and electrolyzer applications. Techniques will be developed and validated using specimens from industry partners or fabricated in-house. Understanding the effect of technique parameters, components, and configuration on detection of defects and sample uniformity is a key aspect of the work. More specifically, activities will focus on designing, prototyping, building, executing, and troubleshooting in-line, fast-rate characterization experiments for materials transported through a roll-to-roll web-line. The experimental work will be followed by data analysis, and results reporting. Basic principles of laboratory safety must be adhered to and specific procedures for safe operation of equipment must be followed.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





73200 - 120800 USD