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Posted:
1/11/2018
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Research
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Postdoctoral Researcher – Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cells/Electrolysis
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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 postdoctoral position is available in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center to pursue research in the area of alkaline membrane fuel cells/electrolysis. This position will primarily focus on investigating the synthesis and implementation of anion exchange membrane materials in fuel cells and electrolysis applications. The candidate will be responsible for the fabrication of membrane electrode assembly (MEAs), experimental design and the subsequent interpretation of performance of fuel cell tests. An acceptable candidate should have an understanding of electrode fabrication, electrochemical processes and diagnostics relevant to fuel cells/electrolyzers. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 1) AC impedance, 2) surface area measurements, 3) performance measurements (isolating specific areas of overpotential losses), and 4) durability measurements (cataloguing losses and relating losses to specific operating conditions). In general, candidates should have a demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental and applied science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems.

Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, or related field. Record of publications/presentations in areas relevant to NREL projects. An acceptable candidate should have experience with membrane electrode assembly (MEA) fabrication, testing, and electrochemical kinetic modeling. Knowledge of, or experience with both Pt and PGM-free electrocatalyst materials is strongly desired. 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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Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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

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Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, or related field. Record of publications/presentations in areas relevant to NREL projects. An acceptable candidate should have experience with membrane electrode assembly (MEA) fabrication, testing, and electrochemical kinetic modeling. Knowledge of, or experience with both Pt and PGM-free electrocatalyst materials is strongly desired. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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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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