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Postdoctoral Researcher - Thermal Energy Storage Materials

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🤑 $73.2K - $120.8K
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Research & Development, Sustainability•Golden


  • 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:
  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent.
  • They must demonstrate expertise in:
  • Synthetic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Thermal energy storage materials (ideally phase change or thermochemical systems) and/or high temperature processes
  • Degradation processes (corrosion, chemical changes, etc)
  • Analytical chemistry (ie SEM, TEM, EDS, TGA, DSC, NMR, XRD, and other)
  • A strong history of publication

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • The Building Thermal Energy Sciences Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leading research group focused on clean technologies and decarbonization approaches for infrastructure and renewable technologies. We are currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our team to perform chemical synthesis, thermal treatment, and analytical experiments for a multi-institutional project on thermal energy storage materials. The goal of this work is to gain fundamental insights on the primary degradation mechanisms that reduce the performance of thermal energy storage materials for grid-scale energy storage.
  • The research project will focus on characterizing and mitigating the impacts of structural and compositional heterogeneities on interfacial behavior and degradation mechanisms (corrosion, phase separation, thermal decomposition, and mechanical fractures) in thermal energy storage materials. The role of the successful postdoc candidate will be to synthesize materials and to perform chemical and thermal treatments for further characterization and to develop new materials based on insights gained from experiments.
  • This position will provide access to state-of-the-art instrumentation available at NREL and networking and collaboration opportunities with a multi-institutional team including leading universities and national laboratories.
  • The candidate should be self-motivated in research planning and progression, with guidance and mentorship provided by NREL staff scientists. In addition to collaborating with internal and external partners, the researcher will present scientific findings at domestic and international conferences and publish peer-reviewed articles.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





73200 - 120800 USD