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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Staff Scientist – Process Science and Engineering in Golden, Colorado

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Staff Scientist – Process Science and Engineering



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

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.

A Staff Scientist (Researcher III) position is available in the Process Science and Engineering (PS&E) Group of the Materials, Chemical, and Computational Sciences Directorate to lead research efforts on processing and manufacturing science. The PS&E group currently has efforts focused on processing, coating, defect inspection, and other aspects manufacturing science focused on fuel cells and electrolyzers. There is a desire to expand these efforts to new technologies or introduce new expertise to existing projects that would expand capabilities and research areas. Candidates who are interested in launching independent careers with the desire to build programs to advance understanding of process science and engineering as a principal investigator should apply.

The Staff Scientist will be engaged in large collaborative efforts which explore various aspects of developing scalable (roll-to-roll) manufacturing processes for renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. These larger efforts probe the effects of manufacturing process steps such as materials processing, coating, and drying on film morphology and functional properties, with a focus on developing low cost, high-performance materials and devices and reducing manufacturing costs and energy intensity.

Experience working with roll-to-roll coating (e.g. slot die, gravure, slide die), including multilayer coating, and drying methods, colloid science, or rheology. Experience with technologies of interest to the Department of Energy and NREL including, but not limited to, batteries, photovoltaics, or separations membranes.

Experience with nano or micro-scale printing or patterning process technologies. Experience with writing or significantly contributing to proposals for funding, especially related to the Department of Energy.

Record of publications/presentations in areas of relevance to the position and/or proposed research.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate considerable skill in interpreting and assessing the experimental results of their own work and that of others and have a demonstrated record of success from graduate and/or post-graduate work.

Scientist will need to partner and team internally and externally by leveraging existing and building new science and engineering networks. Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the Staff Scientist will be expected to support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every employee.

Please ensure cover letter is also attached to application.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering or related. Or, Master's Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or related and 3 or more years of experience . Or, Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering or related and 5 or more years of experience .


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrates complete understanding and wide application of scientific technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field.

  • General knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects.

  • Very good technical writing.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are essential for success in this role.

Preferred Qualifications


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 - $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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