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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Transportation & Hydrogen Systems Center is seeking a mechanical engineering post doc for research and development of hydrogen production and delivery infrastructure and fuel cell systems. This position supports research and development addressing hydrogen infrastructure needs at the component and systems level for hydrogen stations, identifying research needs for the future hydrogen stations, fuel cell systems performance, and electrolyzer testing for grid integration applications. The research on hydrogen infrastructure includes but is not limited to accelerated component testing and station design and integration testing and code and standards development that supports the hydrogen station needs for production fuel cell electric vehicles. The research for fuel cells includes but is not limited to fuel cell testing for grid integration applications, code and standards development, performance, durability, and reliability analysis to support fuel cell applications that provide valuable operation features for transportation and stationary sectors.

  • Support fuel cell and/or hydrogen infrastructure research in areas such as technology validation, hydrogen refuel systems, code and standard data evaluation, compressors, and other related hardware utilizing NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility and Distributed Energy Resources Test Facility
  • Perform heat and mass balance studies and pressure drop calculations
  • Execute test plans, build and qualify test apparatus for use, and document methods and assumptions and prepare reports for publication or presentation.
  • Must be able to understand Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), and perform hazards analyses (HAZOP)
  • Perform technical analysis of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, systems, and infrastructure utilizing real-world performance data to identify gaps and inform R&D direction.
  • Analyze test data using MATLAB, Minitab, or other appropriate software.
  • Write quality scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals based on test data that are consistent with, and support, project goals.
  • Identify and investigate areas of fundamental science that are un-explored, or under explored, with the realm of hydrogen infrastructure
  • Develop cryogenic hydrogen systems
  • Follow all ES&H policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment.
  • Must be able to safely lift 50 pounds.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications


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