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Postdoctoral Researcher - Thin Film Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nitride Semiconductors for Solar Energy Conversion and Fuel Generation

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $73.2K - $120.8K

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  • You must be a recent PhD graduate in Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, or Electrical Engineering with expertise in thin film synthesis, optoelectronic property measurement, and solid-state chemistry. Strong communication, collaboration, and computer skills are essential.
  • You will synthesize and characterize thin film nitride materials for solar energy and fuel generation, supporting basic-science projects and collaborating with a team to understand material properties.

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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:
  • PhD in Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields
  • Candidates should have at least a few of the following:
  • Prior hands-on experience with thin film synthesis based on physical vapor deposition processes such as reactive sputtering or molecular beam epitaxy.
  • Expertise in novel chemical spaces, underexplored materials chemistries, and/or metastable materials (e.g., nitrides, phosphides, complex chalcogenides, etc.).
  • In-depth knowledge of one or several materials optoelectronic property measurement methods, such as photoconductivity, time-resolved photoluminescence, transient absorption spectroscopy , etc.
  • Good understanding of solid-state chemistry, crystallography, materials design principles, and structure-property relations in inorganic materials
  • Established track record in scientific writing, presentation, publishing, and communication.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong candidates are asked to further demonstrate the following:
  • Proven ability to maintain complex synthesis and characterization equipment, in particular high vacuum instruments using hazardous production materials.
  • In-depth knowledge of one or several characterization methods used to determine the structure, composition, and optoelectronic properties of inorganic materials.
  • Prior experience or basic understanding of photoelectrochemical and electrochemical measurement methods, performance and stability of the materials.
  • Active computer skills in programing (e.g. LabView, C/Igor Pro, Python, Matlab, etc.), statistical data analysis, and/or software development.
  • Strong motivation, ability to work on collaborative projects, ability to balance different types of tasks and deadlines.

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Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • The materials discovery and design team in the materials science center has an opening for an experimental postdoctoral researcher in the area of synthesis and characterization of ternary inorganic nitride materials. The position would involve synthesis, characterization, and processing of thin film nitride materials deposited using physical vapor deposition approaches such as sputtering and MBE. The position would support a collaborative basic-science project aimed to improve nitride photoabsorbers, including investigation of optoelectronic and catalytic properties for solar fuel generation. The job duties would also include setting up and maintaining existing experimental equipment and improving/creating data collection and analysis software. The successful applicant will be invested in working in a diverse team of scientists on materials discovery and design, as well as materials applications, to probe and understand the properties of newly developed materials as well as their use as photoabsorbers.


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Full time

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73200 - 120800 USD