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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) has an immediate opening for a part-time undergraduate student in Golden, Colorado to assist with laboratory work studying the performance and reliability of materials for PV modules. This project centers on antireflective coatings – their optical performance and durability to abrasion, wear, and weathering. Nano-/chemical- functionalized coatings will be used to limit surface contamination. This is an excellent opportunity for a student who desires to obtain relevant laboratory experience in preparation for a career in industry or graduate school.


• Help to create samples for stress testing.

• Organize and handle samples in and out of stress chambers.

• Measurement of optical and mechanical properties of stressed samples.

• Use new test instruments (both purchased and custom) and develop test procedures for their use.

• Record, organize, analyze, and summarize results using Excel spreadsheets or other software packages.

• Communicate effectively with mentor about the expected work, progress toward completing that work, and any issues in completing the work as planned.

• Be trained in laboratory safety procedures and follow these consistently.

Additional Required Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

Ability to conduct laboratory experiments, sometimes independently, with the utmost regard to safety.

An inquiring mind, with attention to detail.

Ability to follow and prioritize multiple projects.

Perform experimental research


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications

• Laboratory work experience

• Aptitude for hands-on projects.

• Aptitude for technical problem solving

• Computer skills for logging and organizing large data sets

• Teamwork and ability to communicate within the team


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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