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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The National Bioenergy Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

Job Duties: Successful candidates will design, synthesize, and screen heterogeneous catalysts enabled with atomic layer deposition (ALD) coatings for the conversion of biomass-derived compounds to renewable fuels and chemicals. The successful candidate will be able to conduct laboratory work independently and safely. The metrics for this position include heterogeneous catalyst design and synthesis, physical and chemical characterization of new catalysts, screening on model compounds and real substrates for catalyst activity, and authorship of peer-reviewed publications.

    The successful candidate will have:

    • A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a closely related field
    • Experience with atomic layer deposition, conventional catalyst synthesis, characterization, and testing of heterogeneous catalysts in batch and flow reactor systems
    • Demonstrated understanding of how mass transfer affects the kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions through experimental work
    • The ability to communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral, and the ability to work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, material scientists, and computational researchers


    Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with physical and chemical characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, chemical product analysis, and biomass conversion are preferred.


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    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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    About National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.