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Job Description

The successful candidate will join an accomplished group of scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds (plant biology, microbiology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, microscopy, computational modeling) studying changes in the chemical and physical properties of plant biomass that occur during thermochemical, and biological catalytic conversion to fuels, chemicals, and materials. Duties will center on supporting projects by performing sample preparation and imaging using the multi-scale microscopy tools housed in NREL’s Biomass Surface Characterization Laboratory (BSCL). Duties also include adherence to NREL’s high technical, environmental, and health and safety standards.


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

Demonstrated research experience. Experience with biological sample preparation for light and electron microscopy and microscopy techniques (bright-field and confocal light microscopy, TEM, SEM, AFM). Computer skills with some experience in image processing.


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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